Saturday, January 8, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Jets 17, Colts 16
By Paul Kuharsky
INDIANAPOLIS -- Thoughts on the Colts’ 17-16 loss to the Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium.
What it means: The Colts are one-and-done in the playoffs, losing their chance to play the Steelers in Pittsburgh next week.
What I didn’t like: The Colts allowed the Jets offense to wake up after halftime as New York ran more authoritatively, Mark Sanchez settled down and they played a good brand of keep-away. The Colts couldn’t score more than a touchdown and pull away in the first half when Sanchez was consistently missing receivers with overthrows. Indy allowed 169 yards rushing as the Jets found their bearings. Jacob Lacey was too far away from Braylon Edwards as he caught an 18-yard pass to set up Nick Folk’s game winner as time expired.
What I liked: A classic late drive to what looked like winning points -- a field goal with 45 seconds left. Adam Vinatieri hitting from 47, 32 and 50 yards.
What I want to know: How much did the Colts consider throwing it on the third-and-7 just before Vinatieri’s field goal that made it 14-13 Jets with 4:37 left in the game?
What’s next: Locker cleanouts and good byes. And a lot of continued rehab for injured guys who didn’t finish the season.