AFC Wild Card Game – New York Jets vs Indianapolis Colts

New York Jets (11-5) at Indianapolis Colts (10-6)

The game between the Jets and the Colts started off a little slow as the first quarter had both teams trading three punts each.  The longest drive by either team was 6 plays for the Jets, and the most yardage during a drive was 26, also by the Jets.  The second quarter started out with more of the same, although the Colts mounted an 11 play 47 yard drive during the end of the first quarter and through the beginning of the second quarter that took 6:09 off the clock.  The drive started on the Indy 13, and ended on the Jets 40, just out of reach Indianapolis Coltsfor kicker Adam Vinatieri.  Another punt by the New York Jets left the Colts starting on their 20 yard line, but they had a little momentum after their previous drive.  After two first downs, Peyton Manning threw a 57 yard TD pass to Pierre Garcon (5-112), and the goose-egg was off the board.  The Colts had taken the lead 7-0 with 5:35 remaining in the first half.  The Jets started their next drive on their 21 yard line, and after 12 plays, had moved the ball down to the Colts 19 yard line with 1:01 remaining before halftime.  On the next play, Sanchez threw to TE Dustin Keller in the left corner endzone, but the throw was high, and intercepted by Justin Tryon.  Manning basically ran off the last 45 seconds and the Colts went into halftime leading 7-0.

The Jets received the kickoff starting the second half, and began on their own 37 yard line.  They executed a 10 play drive that took 5:12 off the clock, and ended with a 1 yard TD run by LaDainian Tomlinson.  This was a great way for the Jets to start the second half, and they tied the score at 7-7.  The Colts took the ball on their next possession, and drove the ball down to the Jets 28.  For the fourth time in six opportunities during the game, the Jets stopped the Colts on third and 1.  After 9 plays and 4:55 off the clock, the Colts ended up settling for a 47 yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri to regain the lead 10-7.  The Jets began their next possession at their own 13.  With a little more confidence after scoring on their last possession, and holding the Colts to a field goal, the Jets mounted a 17 play drive that ate up the rest of the third quarter and 4:57 of the fourth quarter.  Sanchez was 5 for 5 on the drive for 47 yards, and the drive ended with another 1 yd TD run by LaDainian Tomlinson (16-82).  This gave the Jets their first lead of the game at 14-10.  The Colts came right back on their following possession and moved the ball 67 yards in 13 plays to end up with another Adam Vinatieri field goal.  This time is was from 32 yards out, and this drew the Colts to within one point at 13-14.  The Jets took over the ball on their 20 yard line with 4:37 remaining.  All they had to do at this point was run out the clock for the win.  A running into the kicker penalty prolonged the Jets drive, New York Jetsbut the Jets sputtered, and ended up giving the ball back to the Colts on their own 20 yard line with 2:36 left in the game, just enough time for a Peyton Manning come from behind win.  After going 4-4 and passing for 41 yards, Manning’s pass to Blair White (6-54) was short on third and six to and ended their drive.  The Colts Adam Vinatieri kicked a 50 yard field goal, making him 3 for 3 on the day, and giving the Colts the lead 16-14, with only 53 seconds to play.  On the ensuing kickoff, Antonio Cromartie took the ball in the endzone and ran it out to the Jets 46 yard line, giving them great field position.  Mark Sanchez went 3 for 3 and passed for 38 yards during their drive to get the Jets down to the Colts 14 yard line.  Sanchez called timeout, and with 3 seconds left on the clock Nick Folk kicked the 32 yard game winning field goal.  It was his first field goal of the game, and the Jets had defeated the Colts 17-16.

The New York Jets dominated in many categories, and did what they set out to do in order to win the game.  Halftime numbers were very similar with the Jets totaling 153 yards and the Colts 147, although the Jets led in yards on the ground and the Colts led in yards in the air (Pretty much what was expected).  The main difference in the first half was the interception near the end of the half thrown by Sanchez, stopping the Jets scoring opportunity in the red zone, and the Peyton Manning 57 yard TD pass to Pierre Garcon.  The game was tied once, and the lead changed three times in the second half.  By the end of the game, the Jets had 23 first downs to the Colts 16.  Mark Sanchez was 18-31 for 189 yards and 1 INT, and almost matched Peyton Manning, who was 18-26 for 225 and 1 TD.  The Jets also had a higher third down efficiency (8-15 to Colts 6-13), ended up with more total net yards (353 to 312), more rushing yards (169 to 93), more time of possession (33:07 to 26:53), and more touchdowns (2 to 1).  The Jets ability to keep the Colts out of the endzone was critical in keeping the game close.  The Jets basically did everything they had to do to win.  The only mistake the Colts and Peyton Manning made was leaving 53 seconds on the clock after their last field goal gave them the lead.  It was a well played game, and the team with the last possession ended up winning the game.

~ by Troy Erickson Realtor on January 9, 2011.

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