Gang Green ends Indy's perfect season; keeps playoff hopes alive
For those who will downplay the Jets victory on Sunday, I pose the following query:
Is a win against scrubs still not a win?
Running back Thomas Jones rushed for 105 yards and touchdown to pace New York's 29-15 win over the formerly undefeated Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The win placed the Jets' playoff destiny in their own hands.
Granted, the Jets were given a tremendous advantage when Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell decided to rest his starters midway through the third quarter. However, as New York has proven quite a few times this season, no lead is safe for them, regardless of opponent.
Peyton Manning and Comanpany were cruising along nicely during the first two quarters and would have likely won the game handily had they not been pulled. Manningnhad 192 passing yards through one half of work and running back Joseph Addai had 40 rushing yards and a score.
The Jets' defense provided the turning point for the game as they forced the Colts' backup quarterback Curtis Painter to fumble the snap deep in Indianapolis territory late in the third quarter. Defensive end Marques Douglas recovered the loose ball in the end zone and the Jets went ahead for good.
Thanks to the victory, the Jets can make the playoffs if they beat Cincinnati on Monday night. This improbable situation came to light as the Dolphins, Jaguars and Ravens all lost yesterday.
The Jets may even get another break next week and Cincinnati has already clinched for the playoffs and may rest some of their starters,too.
Sigh…this is what being a Jets fan has boiled down to….hoping the other team rests it's best players in order to make the playoffs.
We're Jets supporters…we'll take it however we can get it.
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Written by Frank Mazzola