Tuesday, January 4, 2011
In playoffs, Jets are America's guests
By Doug Mittler
If the Jets are to make it to the Super Bowl, they will be racking up the frequent-flier miles along the way.
The Jets played three road playoff games in Rex Ryan’s first season, going from the cold of Cincinnati to the warmth of San Diego to the climate-controlled temperatures of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Another road odyssey awaits the sixth-seeded Jets beginning Saturday night against the Colts.
The Jets have played their last seven postseason games outside of the Meadowlands, easily the longest current road run of any NFL team. In facts, fans of the Green and White haven’t seen the home uniforms at playoff time since Herm Edwards coached a 41-0 win over the Colts in the wild-card round following the 2002 season.
Just four teams have played at least their last four postseason games on the road, but one of those, the Eagles, will break that streak Sunday when they host the Packers.
The Jets have played 15 of their 22 all-time postseason contests away from home, including the Super Bowl III win over the Colts, and are 6-9 in that span. Two of those wins came last season against the Bengals and Chargers.
Doug Mittler is a researcher/reporter for ESPN The Magazine.