Cheers & Jeers: Another Playoff Win

Cheers & Jeers looks at the things we liked...and didn't like...through the eyes of GWR's Rick Laughland.


Following the Patriots failed fake punt attempt in the second quarter, the Jets would turn the miscue into six points. On the first play of the ensuing drive, LaDainian Tomlinson busted into New England's secondary rumbling for 16 yards. Two plays later, a third and 4 from Patriots 15-yard line, Braylon Edwards hauled in the reception and wrested free, powering into the end zone. The Jets secured a 14-3 advantage, a lead they would not relinquish as the Patriots poor decision making cost them the game.


On the Patriots first offensive possession, Tom Brady marched New England down to New York's 28-yard line, moving the ball with relative ease. On a first and 10 play, Brady targeted running back BenJarvus Greene-Ellis, but sailed the ball high over his head and into the hands of linebacker David Harris. #52 lumbered his way down the sideline eyeing the goal line, but ran out of steam. Patriot's tight end Alge Crumpler caught Harris from behind bringing him down at the 12-yard line. The Jets would go three and out and Nick Folk booted a sidewinder that missed. A great opportunity that defense produced fell flat for the Jets.


The Jets are headed to the AFC Championship for consecutive seasons, the first time they've accomplished this feat in franchise history.


With 1:57 remaining, the Patriots sprung an onside kick that bounced around New York's hands team. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie scooped up the football and ran all the way to the 20-yard line. Cromartie showed chutzpa securing the recovery and making a spectacular return which set up the Jets decisive score.


"They took something from us and we came to retrieve it and I think we got it back," exclaimed Bart Scott. "It's a tremendous program, don't get me wrong. We have a tremendous around of respect for the New England Patriots and what they do. We're not getting pushed over anymore. We came here to make our mark. I think we marked a little territory. This is how rivalries start. Rivalries start when both teams take something from the other team"


The Jets backed up their talk, shocking the world and ousting the best team in the AFC. Head coach Rex Ryan outcoached Bill Belichick, with Ryan's defense responding well to their 45-3 shellacking in Week 13. Thestory of the game was the Jets defense which stood tall, playing sound coverage and making their tackles. Now the Jets are one game away from making their first Super Bowl appearance since 1969.

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