Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wrap-up: Jets 29, Colts 15
By Tim Graham
Well, look at this.
One week after New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan declared his team's playoff hopes dead, they are alive and kicking.
The Jets went into Lucas Oil Stadium and coldcocked the (previously) undefeated Indianapolis Colts 29-15.
One of several 8-7 AFC teams, the Jets will finish their season Sunday at home against the Cincinnati Bengals, who've clinched the AFC North and might rest their starters. The atmosphere should be electric there. It will be the final game at Giants Stadium before the New York teams move into their new stadium next season.
The Jets caught a break in the third quarter, when the Colts, with home-field advantage already sewn up for the playoffs, yanked Peyton Manning and inserted Curtis Painter with a five-point lead. The Jets scored 19 straight points from there.
Defensive end Marques Douglas gave the Jets a lead when he recovered a flubbed Painter pass that turned into a fumble. Thomas Jones also scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. Mark Sanchez completed a pass for the two-point conversion after each touchdown.
Besides the Colts' decision to remove one of the game's best players, the Jets won with a formula you'd expect. Jones rushed for 104 yards -- only 1 fewer yard than Sanchez passed for. Sanchez didn't throw any interceptions.
Brad Smith returned a kickoff 106 yards to start the second half. That didn't hurt, either.
The Jets, two games below .500 five weeks ago, have won four of their past five games. They would be on a five-game win streak had they not allowed the Atlanta Falcons to score on a fourth-and-goal play last Sunday.