The New York Jets have endured theor share of doubters this season…and with some good reason.
The opening day loss to Baltimore, the Monday night debacle in New england and several other moments during this tumultuous season have given plenty of grist to the mill for those who believe this team is overhyped.
However, the Jets shut more than a few mouths on Saturday night as they beat Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on a thrilling last second field goal by Nick Folk.
The final drive was an unfamiliar one for the Jets as they are used to having this sort of magic executed upon them instead. Antonio Cromartie returned the kickoff 47 yards to put the team in position, then quarterback Mark Sanchez completed several key passes (including a gorgeous rainbow arc to Braylon Edwards, who outleaped the Colts defender) to move Gang Green into field goal position. After that, Folk (who has missed several pressure kicks in his career) was able to seal the improbable victory.
For a guy who was considered dead and buried prior to the season, Ladainian Tomlinson has proven that there is life after thirty for an NFL running back. He ran for 82 yards and scored both Jets’ touchdowns.
The defense limited the prolific Manning to 225 passing yards and one touchdown.
New York now gets a rare chance at redemption as they travel to Foxboro Stadium to face the team the team that humiliated them 45-3 earlier this season. Unlike the Colts, the Patriots are healthy and appear motivated to do more damage to the Jets credibility.
Rex Ryan, though, plans on a different ending this time around.
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Written by Frank Mazzola