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“There’s nobody like (Peyton Manning) in the league. Nobody studies like him,” Ryan said. “I know Brady thinks he does. I think there’s probably a little more help with (New England coach Bill) Belichick with Brady than there is with Peyton Manning.”
While preparing to play the Colts, Rex took a jab at Tom Brady, and you have to wonder he assumed he’d beat the Colts all along. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds, but the sixth-seeded Jets went into Indianapolis, held Peyton Manning at bay, and beat the Colts 17-16 on a last-second field goal by Nick Folk.
The much-maligned Mark Sanchez led the Jets on a four-play drive to get the Jets from their 46-yard line to the Colts’ 14-yard line, setting up Folk for the 32-yard field goal as time expired. Sanchez had a typical game, going 18/31 for 189 yards and an interception, but he showed up when it mattered.
As a result, Rex, Sanchez, LaDainian Tomlinson and the rest of the Jets will be headed to Foxboro next Sunday for a showdown with the Patriots. While teams shouldn’t need any bulletin board material come playoff time, expect Rex to say something stupid during the week leading up to the big game.
The Jets won’t give up and lose 45-3 again, that’s for sure. But, can they overcome playing Brady and the 14-2 Pats on the road? Brady is on top of his game, and the likely NFL MVP just had one of the great seasons in NFL history. He passed for 3,900 yards, 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions, finishing with 111.0 quarterback rating.
Who can we expect to go to the AFC Championship Game? Stay tuned.