- Rich Cimini, ESPN New York Jets reporter
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Through the first three quarters, Shonn Greene averaged 6.2 yards per rush. The New Yoek Jets were riding him, not LaDainian Tomlinson, and it was working. But in the fourth quarter, the Jets got away from Greene -- and the entire running game, for that matter.
The Jets ran 16 plays in the fourth quarter -- 11 pass plays, five running plays, not including the final two plays in their final, desperation drive. The running plays included two runs for eight yards by Greene, two for minus-3 by Tomlinson and one for two yards by FB Tony Richardson.
The Jets changed up their Greene-Tomlinson usage in this game. Usually, Tomlinson plays about two-thirds of the offensive snaps, but this time it was even. Unofficially, Tomlinson and Greene each played 34 snaps. Most interesting was that Greene got a lot of work as the third-down back, usually Tomlinson's role.
Greene, replacing Tomlinson in an early goal-line situation, scored from three yards -- his first rushing TD since Week 5. Speaking of droughts, Tomlinson (three-yard TD) scored for the first time since Week 6.
Greene rushed for 70 yards on 12 carries, Tomlinson 28 on 13 rushes.
A THANK YOU: Rex Ryan offered no apologies for backing into the playoffs after a loss, but he admitted, "I'm a huge Redskins fans, I can tell you that right now." The Washington Redskins beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in OT, clinching a wild-card for the Jets. If the Jaguars had won, the Jets would've gone in the final week needing a win over the Buffalo Bills or a loss by the Jaguars or a loss by the Indianpolis Colts.
INJURY REPORT: S James Ihedigbo hurt his knee, but it doesn't appear serious. Don't expect him to play next week. Ryan said he will rest banged-up players, including QB Mark Sanchez (shoulder) ... DE Shaun Ellis jammed his back, but returned to the game. He's another candidate to sit against the Bills.
A REMATCH?: Braylon Edwards, for one, believes the Jets could meet the Chicago Bears again -- like, in the Super Bowl.
"This was kind of a feeling-out game," Edwards said. "Now we know what they're about. If we play our cards right, we'll meet them again and be prepared."
KELLER DROP: TE Dustin Keller tied a season-high with seven catches for 79 yards, but his game will be remembered by the one he didn't catch --an end-zone drop on what should've been an eight-yard touchdown catch on third down. The Jets had to settle for a field goal and a 24-17 lead at halftime; a touchdown would've been huge.
"Mark (Sanchez) put the ball in a really good spot," Keller said. "I didn't know I caught it at first. I had it pushed against my stomach, and I couldn't feel the ball very well. I went down to the ground and the ball came out. It was tough."
HOLMES SITS: You fumble, you sit. On the Jets' first possession, WR Santonio Holmes lost a fumble on an end-around, and he was kept out for the entire next possession -- an eight-play, 80-yard TD drive. It was Holmes' second lost fumble.
THIS AND THAT: The Jets were stranded in Chicago Sunday night because of the blizzard in the New York area. They were hoping to leave Monday morning. The coaches were planning to start their film review of the Chicago game at the team hotel ... Bears PK Robbie Gould had made 64 straight FGs from 40 yards or less before missing from 35 yards ... OLB Jason Taylor on making the playoffs: "This is part of the reason I came to New York."
Through the first three quarters, Shonn Greene averaged 6.2 yards per rush. The New Yoek Jets were riding him, not LaDainian Tomlinson, and it was working.