Jets fall to Colts, 30-17, in AFC title game
Marcus Henry | 4/12/2011, 5:31 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS - The ride was good and long. Making the playoffs and then advancing to the AFC title game. But it all came to an end on Sunday for the Jets in a 30-17 loss to the Colts.Some would say it was predictable end. It's true, no one outside of the Jets organization thought this team would've gotten this far. Even when the playoffs started, most believed the Jets would at best be one and done. But there they were. Down went the Bengals, down went the Chargers. But those teams have visible flaws.The Bengals' offense was a dud, while the Chargers had a questionable coaching mind in Norv Turner running the show. The Colts had no such flaws. Sure they weren't a great running team during the regular season, but that's not what they do.It was all about Peyton Manning, the type of passer Jets fans hope Mark Sanchez can come close to being. Manning taught the Jets a great lesson: it's not over until the final whistle is blown. The Jets actually had a 17-6 lead and were feeling good. But once Manning figured out the blitz schemes and started hitting his talented receiving core, it was over.It was all aboug adjustments as Manning completed 15 of 21 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. For the game he threw for 377 yards and three scores."They went to three [wide receivers]," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "[And] when you have Dallas Clark, you basically have four wide receivers."On the Jets side, Sanchez represented himself well. He passed for 257 yards, two touchdowns and one interception that came late in the fourth quarter. But Sanchez was no Manning."I was more focused on the defense," Sanchez said when asked if we learned anything watching Manning. "But it's hard not to notice when someone is on like that."But there's no reason for the Jets to hang their heads. They ran into a better team. The Colts did everything to the Jets no other team could. They ran the ball (24 carries, 101 yards) and stopped the Jets run (29 for 86).Case closed, season over.
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