PASSING OFFENSE: C-plus
While Peyton Manning was in the game, the Colts were able to make things happen through the air. Manning completed 14-of-21 passes for 192 yards and was not sacked. He did fail to connect on a couple plays where he had receivers wide open downfield. After he left, the Colts struggled to get much going. Rookie QB Curtis Painter was 4-for-11 for 44 yards, was sacked twice (one leading to a fumble and a touchdown) and threw one interception.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C-plus
RB Joseph Addai had 40 yards on six carries before leaving the game with an undisclosed injury. Addai had a 21-yard touchdown run to put the Colts on top early in the first quarter. Rookie RB Donald Brown returned to the lineup after missing a couple of games with a chest injury. Brown had 22 yards in 15 carries and one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He also was stuffed on a couple of short third and fourth down runs.
PASS DEFENSE: C-plus
Jets QB Mark Sanchez completed 12-of-19 passes for 106 yards and was sacked twice, both by DE Dwight Freeney. The grade would be higher except for the fact that the Colts gave up some big third down passing plays that allowed New York possessions to continue in the second half of the game. Indianapolis allowed three passing plays of 10 yards or more.
RUSH DEFENSE: C
RB Thomas Jones had 105 yards rushing in 23 carries and ran for one touchdown. Rookie RB Shonn Greene added 95 yards rushing in 16 carries. WR Brad Smith came into the game as a Wildcat quarterback and added 16 yards in two carries. The Jets averaged 4.6 yards per rushing attempt.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C-minus
A blocked extra point. Giving up a 106-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Allowing the Jets 14 yards on two punt returns. Those were the lowlights for the Colts' special teams units against New York. P Pat McAfee averaged 38.2 yards net and 46.2 yards overall on six punts. He had three touchbacks on kickoffs. PK Adam Vinatieri had an extra point blocked after the Colts' first touchdown of the game but later added a 22-yard field goal. RB Chad Simpson averaged 24.6 yards on five kickoff returns, including a 38-yarder.
For all of the right things that Jim Caldwell has done in his first season as Colts' head coach, he will most likely be remembered as the coach who kept the team from having a chance to go undefeated. His decision to pull most of the Indianapolis starters with about five minutes remaining in the third quarter did not sit well with the team's fans. Despite a 14-1 record and the number one seed in the upcoming AFC playoffs, Caldwell was roundly booed for the decision.
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