Sunday, January 17, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Jets 17, Chargers 14
SAN DIEGO -- The New York Jets are one game away from the Super Bowl.
Everybody laughed when Rex Ryan declared at his introductory news conference he expected to visit the White House as championship guests of Barack Obama.
And we laughed again when Ryan declared his team mathematically eliminated from the playoffs with two games left in the regular season.
Now they're preparing for the AFC championship game after a stunning victory Sunday. The Jets staggered the San Diego Chargers 17-14 in Qualcomm Stadium.
The Jets will play the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday in Lucas Oil Field. The winner goes to the Super Bowl.
How about that?
San Diego kicker Nate Kaeding helped quite a bit. He missed three field goals.
The Jets scored all of their points in the second half, capitalizing on a pair of Philip Rivers interceptions -- one by Darrelle Revis that will make the highlight reels and another by Jim Leonhard that set up the Jets to take the lead.
Rivers threw nine interceptions in 2009.
Jets rookie running back Shonn Greene was the difference-maker on offense. Thomas Jones wasn't getting it done and finished with 14 attempts for 41 yards.
Greene was the catalyst. He provided a spark at the end of the first half that carried over. Greene ran 23 times for 128 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown sprint to put the Jets on top by 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez was passable. He completed 12 of 23 passes for 100 yards, one touchdown to tight end Dustin Keller and a bad interception the Chargers didn't convert.