Gang Green's miraculous playoff run ends at the hands of Peyton Manning and the Colts
I mentioned in my pre-game blog that the Jets would need to corral Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark if they were to have any shot of winning this game. They did just fine on that account as they held the pair to very little.
However, the Colts proved that you can essentially take their two biggest weapons out of the game and Peyton Manning will still find a way to beat you using somebody else.
Indianapolis receivers Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon combined for 18 catches, 275 receiving yards and two touchdowns to help shut down the Jets playoff hopes on Sunday, leading to a 30-17 Indianapolis victory. Manning, in particular, was brilliant in victory, throwing for 377 yards and three touchdowns.
Manning's counterpart Mark Sanchez produced a fine game in his own right, throwing two touchdowns and converting several key passes. The rookie took another giant step in his development and will surely be the better for it next year.
The Jets led 17-6 at one point and had sacked Manning twice prior to halftime. However, like the great quarterback that he is, he made the necessary adjustments in the locker room and came out gunning in the second half.
New York lost running back Shonn Greene to a rib injury in the third quarter and were unable to move the ball well after that point. Giving credit where it's due, the Colts' defense shut down Sanchez and the Jets completely in the second half, not allowing them a point.
Though there is obvious disappointment in Jets-ville right now, there is no denying this season was a success from many different standpoints. I'll have my season recap up next week as I take the time to ponder and reflect what might have been.
(And to all the Giants fans who keep flooding my inbox with anti-Jet venom: You continue to stay classy.)
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Written by Frank Mazzola