PASSING OFFENSE: A-plus
Yes, QB Peyton Manning was sacked on the Colts' first two offensive possessions of the game. But that was it for the remainder of the afternoon. Manning proceeded to complete 26-of-39 passes for 377 yards, three touchdowns and had a 123.6 passer rating for the game. WR Pierre Garcon caught 11 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. Rookie WR Austin Collie had seven receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. TE Dallas Clark hauled in four passes for 35 yards and a touchdown. WR Reggie Wayne netted three catches for 55 yards.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B-plus
Indianapolis outgained the NFL's top-ranked rushing offense. All the talk about the Colts' lack of a productive running game can stop right now. RB Joseph Addai had 80 yards in 16 carries. As a team, Indianapolis had 101 yards in 24 rushing attempts. The Colts averaged 4.2 yards per game. The team had two rushes 10 yards or better. Enough said.
PASS DEFENSE: B-minus
No sacks. Just four quarterback hurries. Two touchdown passes allowed, one for 80 yards. Jets QB Mark Sanchez completed 17-of-30 passes for 257 yards and the two scores. Sanchez had a passer rating of 93.3. WR Brad Smith had a 45-yard completion out of the Wildcat format. Still, the Colts' pass defense was able to come up big when it needed to the most. CB Kelvin Hayden had an interception and two passes broken up. And while there were no sacks, Indianapolis was able to harass Sanchez just enough to keep him off his stride.
RUSH DEFENSE: A-plus
When the NFL's best rushing offense meets the league's 24th best rushing defense, the result is usually one-sided. And it was. The Colts snuffed New York's vaunted "ground and pound" running attack, limiting the Jets to just 86 yards in 29 carries overall. RB Thomas Jones had 42 yards in 16 carries. Rookie RB Shonn Greene added 41 yards in 10 carries before leaving the game in the third quarter with a rib injury.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A
A perfect day for the Colts' special teams units. P Pat McAfee averaged 43.3 yards net and 46.3 yards overall on four punts, including a long punt of 56 yards. He had two of his kicks downed inside New York's 20-yard line. McAfee also had two touchbacks on kickoffs. PK Matt Stover connected on three field goals, hitting from 25, 19 and 21 yards. RB/KR Chad Simpson averaged 27.7 yards on three kickoff returns. CB/PR T.J. Rushing had one punt return for four yards. New York averaged 27.8 yards on five kickoff returns and 12 yards on one punt return.
What else can anyone say about a veteran NFL assistant coach who leads his team to a 16-2 record and a spot in the Super Bowl in his first year as the team's head coach? Jim Caldwell has made the Colts his own. It's not Tony Dungy's team anymore. Yes, Dungy continues to be a guiding influence for Caldwell, the Colts' coaching staff and the players. But it's Caldwell's team. He has been a calming influence throughout the season. He has been unflappable. Caldwell's cool, calm and reserved demeanor has set the tone for the Colts this season.
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