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Jets make good on their trash-talking vs. Pats

Posted on: January 16, 2011 9:27 pm
C. Pace forces a fumble on T. Brady in New York's win (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Are the Jets classless? Maybe, depending on what part of the country you reside. Is Rex Ryan a buffoon who is little better than a carnival barker? Perhaps, though you can’t deny the guy is one hell of a coach as well. Was it possible for the Jets to beat the Patriots on two weeks of rest at Gillette Stadium? Absolutely not.

Until, of course, the Jets took the field this afternoon and confused New England’s offense while out-toughing the Patriots defense.

So, the final question is this? Are the Jets, for the second straight season, heading to the AFC championship game? The answer a resounding yes.

Some people will point to the fact New England hasn’t won a playoff game since the 2007 AFC championship and will proclaim that the Patriots are a team full of chokers. But that’s simply not accurate.

After a week of trash-talking, the Jets backed up their woofing and came through with the 28-21 win. It was the Jets playing extraordinarily well and forcing the Patriots into a game of unease and inconsistency. It was the Jets and not New England

You might not like Ryan or the Jets. But you have to admit that their showing today was one of the best clutch performances of the season by anybody.

“Everybody else never believed in us; we believed,” Ryan told reporters at his postgame news conference. “We worked too hard to get back here. We felt we were the better team. Clearly, that Monday night game (when the Patriots won 45-3), we weren’t, but I knew if we played the way we were capable of playing, we could beat them.”

The Jets defense today completely confused Tom Brady, who was unsure of himself throughout the game and finished 29 of 45 for 299 yards, two touchdowns and the first INT in his last 360 attempts. Honestly, those stats make him look better than he played, because he had a tough time.

The New York defensive backs were dominant against the Patriots receivers, and the Jets defensive line blasted through the New England front five for five sacks. The Patriots, simply put, never got in sync. Which Brady admitted afterward.

“They spun the dial pretty good on their pressures and coverages,” he said. “We felt like we were fighting hard to gain yards.”

Said Ryan: “We felt we had a good plan. But the plans are useless without great plays from your players. Our guys bought in. They did a great job. It was total effort there on defense, from the pass rush to the second level to the deep guys.”

While Jets QB Mark Sanchez was still a little underwhelming – his inaccuracy in the first half, much like the opening two quarters of the Colts game last week, was stunning – he managed the game well enough (he's also led his team to the AFC championship twice in his only two seaons, so bully for him). And he got help with a wonderful fourth-quarter TD catch from Santonio Holmes in the corner of the end zone (one knee equals two feet!), and the running game with Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson was more than solid.

After the game, Patriots WR Deion Branch told reporters that some of the Jets were classless, and yeah, Jets WR Braylon Edwards didn’t come off so well when he told the NFL Network, “Nobody gave us a chance. Everybody who was on the Patriots’ jock, take that.”

But after the game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Ryan shared a long hug at the middle of the field. On this day at least, Ryan didn’t have to kiss Belichick’s rings. On this day, his was the better team.

“We talk because we believe in ourselves,” Ryan said. “That’s where the talk comes from. There’s a huge amount of respect we have for New England. That’s a great franchise. But we’re not afraid of anybody. Maybe people take it the wrong way, but we don’t try to bad-mouth an opponent. But we don’t fear anybody. We came here on a mission. We’re trying to win a Super Bowl.”

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Jets make good on their trash-talking vs. Pats

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Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2011 10:06 am

Jets make good on their trash-talking vs. Pats

Kc Can't Play the Bears in the first round. Maybe get your facts right first

Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2011 6:55 am

Why do we bother?

If the playoffs were done properly, then New England, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Baltimore would have received first-round byes. The first round matchups would have been as follows: Kansas City at Chicago, New York Giants at New Orleans, Indianapolis at New York Jets, Green Bay at Philadephia. Until the NFL and other pro sports structure their playoffs in this manner, based on the overall ranking of teams, the current format must not be taken seriously, and always with an 'asterisk' placed by the results!

Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2011 3:10 am

Jets make good on their trash-talking vs. Pats

Jets are finally playing the way most expected at the beginning of the season.  The offense is now coming together as all of the receivers are making plays and have defined roles.  The big change is Cotchery's re-emergence as the big play, clutch, possession receiver.  The Jets offensive line is the best one left in the tournament.  Shonn Greene is now coming into form after a lackluster regular season.  On defense, give Rex credit for being able to adjust to reality...these Jets are more like the Ravens D that he coached than his father's Bears or Eagles teams.  This is a coverage first, pressure second team.  The game plan was to make Brady throw 50 times to get to 21 points and they basically achieved and exceeded that if you take the last garbage time drive stats out of the equation. 

First impressions on the championship games:

Jets v. Steelers - Jets 31 Steelers 20.  Steelers have Polamalu back for this one, but they still have a bad offensive line and I can't remember a big game the Steelers played in this year where they sustained long drives.  They have been getting touchdowns off of mistakes by the other team.  The Jets O-line is the best one left and I think the team's offensive versatility will allow them to move the ball much as they did against the Pats.  They will also force Rothliesberger to fit the ball into tight spots and I think he will run into the same efficiency problems as Brady.

Packers v. Bears - Bears 23 Packers 16.   Everyone is picking the Packers after their big win in Atlanta.  Here are a few reasons not to jump on the pack wagon:  First, the Bears know the Packers and basically outplayed them in most of their two matchips this season. They have answers to what the Packers like to do and I doubt the Packers will be able to get much distance from them throughout the game. Second, Jay Cutler can take a hit better than Aaron Rodgers.  Jay Cutler will scrap for touchdowns on the ground.  Aaron Rodgers needs the elements to be right to reach his optimal performance level.  This will be a physical game on a cold, concrete-hard field, and Jay Cutler will handle it better than Aaron Rodgers.  Third, the Bears have superior special teams. The Packers aren't very good in that area.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2011 12:56 am

Jets make good on their trash-talking vs. Pats

These idiots @ CBS just got punked. They don't know football and the Jets coaches and fans do. We knew this team had talent and was 2-2 vs NE. Did they listen and look at the game? No, they saw 45-3 and thought the talk would make the Pats mad. They're so stupid, they couldn't see the ploy and how it galvanizes his team. Ignorant, no nothing hacks all of them are.

Sanchez is 4-1 in the post-season all on the road. Sanchez has thrown for 922 yards, 7TD's and a 60.1% in those games while only throwing 3 picks.

Why should facts matter to sportswriters? None of them ever played the game past middle school anyway.

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:48 pm

Jets make good on their trash-talking vs. Pats

Are you serious, Josh?   The underwhelming Mark Sanchez?  The man throws 3 TD passes, has a QB rating of 127.2 for the game, and he is underwhelming?PLEASE!  In his first two years in the NFL, he has a record of 24-13, and 4-1 in the playoffs, all road wins.  Stats are for whiners and losers, wins are for winners.  Did you even watch the game?

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:16 pm

Jets make good on their trash-talking vs. Pats

And here they are, the Jets now in position to live up to the lofty super bowl expectations  bestowed upon them this past summer. I for one had the jets as a wildcard but I had Baltimore @ Indy in the afc champ game. I believe the packers will win it all but the Jets have  the most balanced team of those remaining. They run well, play good D, have nice options on offense, and you can count on the opposing teams #1 Wr having a below average day against Revis, and all Sanchez has to do is not mess it up. Not trying to sound like I knew it all along but is anyone really surprised with the team the jets put together this offseason, that they are where they are now?

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:16 pm

Jets make good on their trash-talking vs. Pats

Almost forgot, Deion branch called the jets classless when he was the one barking at their sidelines afetr a couple receptions.  Hey Deion, you TD meant nothing and you should have saved your breath to reel in a couple clutch passes, which you dropped.  Now you have all off-season to think about your performance when it was needed.  And do not throw garbage stats up any NE fans, even you guys know he dropped some key passes on 3rd down.  Was no match for Revis and only TD is when broken pass defense let back of the endzone wide open...Dan Connelly could have caught that pass.

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