Colts Super Comeback Earns Them a Trip to Miami

Oh man, oh man, what a game this was! Heading into this game were the underdog New York Jets, who looked to surprise the Colts again like they did 40 years ago when Joe Namath and the Jets shocked the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. It looked like from the first half. In the first quarter, both teams were punished by the strong defenses. There were punts flying left and right. This also included a field goal miss by Jay Feely, who is among the many kickers who have been struggling this postseason.

The first score came when the Colts failed to deliver a touchdown in the red zone. That meant they had to settle for a field goal. Matt Stover put it up right, and in. 3-0. But everything changed after that. Here came Mark Sanchez, with a powerful run fake and pump fake to trick Dwight Freeney as he found Braylon Edwards wide open for a go-ahead touchdown. I was hoping for a drop, but hey, Edwards can catch.

Indianapolis struck back, though, as they went into the red zone again. On 3rd and Goal, they failed with a Manning quarterback sneak. Another field goal. 7-6, Jets. Jets took the ball, and here we go again. Jets made another big play with a Wildcat. Brad Smith at quarterback. The ball was snapped and Smith ran to the right, looking for a big run like he did to the Bengals in a 37-0 win. It didn’t work, but something better came: a wide-open Jerricho Cotchery. Cotchery caught it and he was off to the races. He was later down, inside the Colts’ red zone. There, Sanchez made a beautiful play fake to find Dustin Keller open for a touchdown. 14-6, Jets.

This couldn’t be happening. Seriously?! It was the Jets for crying out loud! My god! But the Colts fought back with a few minutes to go in the half with a four-play 80-minute drive with Manning hitting passes to Austin Collie. In the red zone, Collie was open for a leaping touchdown. 17-13, Jets. The Colts were fighting back, and they got the Jets’ number once the third quarter started.

And I was right. The Colts stopped the Jets on every single possession. Manning hit some great passes to Garcon in the second half, which made me glad I interviewed him before. Garcon was making Haiti proud, playing with heart. Next came a Dallas Clark 15-yard touchdown which pretty much sealed the deal to give the Colts a 30-17 victory. Just like their last AFC Championship, it was officially over with an interception. Against the Patriots, it was Marlin Jackson.

Now it was Kelvin Hayden. But I gotta hand it to them Jets. They put on a fight and they look to be a contender in the AFC next season. But right now, Colts’ fans, get your Super Bowl parties planned.

I got mine ready!

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