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January 24, 2010

Colts Put Emphatic End to Jetsí Surprising Run : The New York Jetsí fairy-tale season ended Sunday in the American Football Conference championship game, finished not so much by bad bounces, or poor play, but by an elite quarterback named Peyton Manning playing near his peak. He threw three touchdown passes in the Coltsí 30-17 victory at the loud, full Lucas Oil Stadium, blanketed in blue. The Indianapolis Colts advanced to the Super Bowl, held two weeks from now in Miami Gardens, Fla., against Minnesota or New Orleans. The Jets, who finished the regular season 9-7 and sneaked into these playoffs, are now 41 seasons removed from their last Super Bowl appearance.

posted by tommytrump to football at 06:31 PM - 30 comments

last week i suggested Colt fans could book their flights to miami and a few spofi members acted as if i lost my mind. While Sanchez had a productive game, the defense got absolutly shredded. Just like i said last week, the jets would remember who they were eventually.

posted by sgtcookzane at 07:17 PM on January 24

I was at the game. The Jets were good, but the Colts were better. I have to say I was impressed with Sanchez, though. He'll be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

posted by DevilsAdvocate at 09:12 PM on January 24

A fellow Steeler friend of mine said the Jets reminded him of the Steelers under Cowher (in particular for Big Ben's first year). I let him know that I agreed...that the Jets would be losing in the AFCC just like Cowher always did :-)

That said, their defense is certainly impressive (as is their running game). Too early to tell for me for Sanchez, but he made some quality throws today.

posted by bdaddy at 10:26 PM on January 24

Manning totally shredded the Jets. New York needed another two Darrell Revis's to cover Garcon and Collie. A year ago who would have thought those two would have been such a huge part of the AFC Championship game and getting the Colts to the Super Bowl.

posted by dyams at 10:37 PM on January 24

Congrats, SgtCookzane. Your comment that "its just a matter of time before the Jets remember who they really are" was not disproven by a Jets victory. That's quite an accomplishment, picking the big underdog to lose and offering absolutely no analysis to justify your prediction. I hereby christen thee SportsFilter's Nostrildamus.

posted by rcade at 10:58 PM on January 24

LOL....I'm glad that your comments of "if they can do it to Rivers they can do it to Manning" looks like you were completely wrong. By trying throwing that last zinger about Nostrildamus crap just shows that you don't like the taste of crow....because after your comments last week, you definatly ate crow.

BTW, I was picking the big underdog to lose.....only because it was an obvious choice.

posted by sgtcookzane at 11:13 PM on January 24

Opening Line for Super Bowl:

Indy: 5

Total 55.5

posted by tommytrump at 11:17 PM on January 24

Yeah, but I bet you were clutching the edge of the barcalounger a bit tightly there in the first half.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 11:18 PM on January 24

The sun will rise in the East in the morning. If I'm right can I brag about it?

posted by apoch at 11:19 PM on January 24

Getting this far was gravy for Jets fans. This loss hurts, but not that badly. A young team with a creative, animated coach. I expect better things next season.

posted by afl-aba at 11:20 PM on January 24

The sun will rise in the East in the morning. If I'm right can I brag about it?

Only if someone throws a few stats of why the sun will not rise, then you can rub it in a little:)

posted by sgtcookzane at 11:23 PM on January 24

BTW, I was picking the big underdog to lose.....only because it was an obvious choice.

This hurts my head.

posted by justgary at 11:31 PM on January 24

I didn't think the Jets would win, Captain Obvious. I just didn't share your absolute certainty that the Jets were going to get blown off the field, based on what they'd done the previous two weeks. I've watched Manning too many times against the Jags to pick against him. But the Jets were one of the only teams in the NFL with a secondary good enough to give him trouble.

I think the matchup that decided the game wasn't Manning vs. the Jets defense; it was the Jets running backs vs. the Colts defense. After the Jets went up 17-6, they completely shut them down.

posted by rcade at 11:41 PM on January 24

I thought Sanchez was surprisingly good. I was not expecting a rookie QB to be that sharp in a game of this magnitude. They have a bright future in front of them. And, who knows if they don't lose their RB, they might have been able to slow the game down.

posted by bperk at 10:38 AM on January 25

Captain Obvious

Was he promoted?

posted by cjets at 10:42 AM on January 25

Everybody ahead of him died off. See the Darwin Awards for more details.

posted by yerfatma at 11:14 AM on January 25

After the Jets went up 17-6, they completely shut them down.

To be fair, Shonn Greene was injured on the first play of the second half and didn't return. And Thomas Jones had been injured throughout the playoffs, which probably had something to do with his ineffectiveness.

I still think the better team won.

But I'd like to see a rematch with the Jets at full strength. Among the walking wounded were Bart Scott, David Harris, Kerry Rhodes and Thomas Jones. And Strickland was injured during the game as was Greene.

posted by cjets at 12:40 PM on January 25

The Colts weren't without injuries. I'm certain they missed Marlin Jackson and Bob Sanders. Addai left for a while and returned. That's football.

I hope the Jets can stay this good for next year. Anyone important likely to jump ship?

posted by bperk at 01:15 PM on January 25

So what was the deal with Lito Shepperd bellyaching after the game?

posted by bperk at 01:58 PM on January 25

I'm certain they missed Marlin Jackson and Bob Sanders.

I could also throw in Leon Washington and Kris Jenkins who both missed half a season. I know that injuries are part fo the game. It's just unfortunate when you're watching players who can only give 60-70% of what they are capable of.

I didn't hear what Sheppard said, but the Jets do need to learn to shut up after a loss.

posted by cjets at 03:48 PM on January 25

I just didn't share your absolute certainty that the Jets were going to get blown off the field, based on what they'd done the previous two weeks.

Exactly. I think most of us here thought the Colts would win the game, but as people who watch football, we were hesitant to pound the last nail into the coffin of a team that had already shown themselves capable of surprising a good team. And the "I told you so" bit is more suited to a five year old than an adult. But congratulations, your bold prediction that the heavy favorite #1 seed would beat the #6 seeded underdog will forever guarantee you a place in NFL history.

kinda like Namath, but without the panty hose

posted by tahoemoj at 10:25 PM on January 25

Well your right tahoe...except for I think your counting needs a little touching up. The Jets were a five seed, but thats just splitting hairs right.

posted by sgtcookzane at 11:33 PM on January 25

To be fair, Shonn Greene was injured on the first play of the second half and didn't return.

Yeah, that injury was the one that probably hurt the most. That pretty much killed the running game.

I hope the Jets can stay this good for next year. Anyone important likely to jump ship?

From what I understand, all of the key players are locked up for next year. But I guess there's always the possibility of someone not showing up for training camp hoping to renegotiate a better deal. No names come to mind of who would though.

I keep hearing/reading about how us Jets fans should be excited for next season, but I worry about a sophmore slump for Sanchez. Or is that just a hockey thing?

posted by MrFrisby at 02:05 AM on January 26

I keep hearing/reading about how us Jets fans should be excited for next season, but I worry about a sophmore slump for Sanchez. Or is that just a hockey thing?

I think it is real for QBs and WRs in the NFL. But, the good thing for the Jets is that they have that fantastic running game. It is going to make Sanchez's job so much easier.

posted by bperk at 08:25 AM on January 26

The Jets were a five seed, but thats just splitting hairs right.

It's picking nits, which is what someone does when they realize they can't defend their original position.

posted by yerfatma at 10:00 AM on January 26

Who said that I can't defend my original position? I'm just choosing to not argue the ignorance. I'm out on this subject.

posted by sgtcookzane at 03:11 PM on January 26

What? No prediction on the Super Bowl?

posted by cjets at 04:49 PM on January 26

Of course, I have a prediction for the super bowl.....Probably going to get really drunk..not too drunk because i have to work on monday, but just drunk enough to sleep with your mom.

posted by sgtcookzane at 06:10 PM on January 26

Wow! A your momma joke? When my son gets back from kindergarten, I'll ask him for an appropriate comeback.

In the meantime, stay classy, Brian.

posted by cjets at 06:47 PM on January 26

posted by yerfatma at 07:09 PM on January 26

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