Talk about getting a break at every step. From every one of the teams competing with the Jets for a playoff spot losing to the Colts sitting their starters for most of the second half and leading to a Jets win, Sunday was the best day that Gang Green has seen in years.
After a heartbreaking loss to the Falcons last week that left Jets fans and players in dismay, the Jets answered back with a surprise win against the previously undefeated Colts. It wasn’t as if they didn’t have any help, the Colts sat Peyton Manning and most of their starters for most of the second half.
Still, the Jets held Peyton Manning to 15 points over two and a half quarters while bringing it on offense.
Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez, coming off a rough game against Atlanta, completed 12 of 19 passes for 106 yards and NO interceptions. The Jets running game did most of the damage on offense as Thomas Jones rushed 23 times for 105 yards and a touchdown while rookie Shonn Greene added his own 16 carries for 95 yards.
The other Jets points came on a Brad Smith 106-yard kickoff return touchdown (a new Jets record), a Marques Douglas fumble return touchdown, and two Jay Feely field goals.
The undefeated Colts, on the other hand, were not in their best form and ultimately chose to take most of their starters out of the game after the team went up 15-10 in the third quarter.
Rather than toughing out the remainder of the game, replacement quarterback Curtis Painter completed just four of eleven passes, lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, and was intercepted on the Colts’ final drive of the game.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins, the Ravens, and the Jaguars all lost meaning that the Jets have control of their own destiny in the playoff picture. Win and get a shot at the SuperBowl. Lose and go home.
Standing in the Jets way are the Cincinnati Bengals who clinched the AFC North title and a playoff spot meaning that they may rest their players as well.