Rex Ryan talked all week about making it personal against Peyton Manning the Colts. He almost regretted those words. In the end though, Ryan’s wishes came true, as a Nick Folk kicked a 32-yard field goal at the buzzer as the Jets beat the Colts 17-16 to move on in the postseason.
The kick came after Manning moved the Colts into position to it seemed win the game. He got them to the Jets 33 when clutch kicker Adam Vinatieri kicked a 50-yard field goal with :50 seconds left to give the Colts a 16-14 lead.
The kickoff though gave the Jets great field position, as CB Antonio Cromartie took the kick from a yard in the end zone to the Jets 46 for a 47-yard return. Mark Sanchez then hit a big pair of passes to Braylon Edwards to give Folk a chance at the game-winning kick.
The win for New York puts them in a place they know all too well – New England. They will play a Pats team that crushed them just five weeks ago on a Monday night 45-3, as New England took over the division for the rest of the way in the AFC East.
Now they will have a chance at the Pats in the rubber match, as they were one of two teams this season to beat New England. That win came way back in week two of the season 28-14.
LaDainian Tomlinson rushed 16 times for 82 yards and scored two touchdowns, both on 1-yard runs. The Jets ground game ran for 169 yards on 38 carries, a 4.4 yards per carry average. Sanchez was just 18-for-31 for 189 yards with a pick.
Peyton Manning was 18 of 26 for 225 yards and one TD. The Colts as well as a the Saints, the two Super Bowl teams from a season ago, are both done after just one game in the wild card round, as the Saints fell earlier in the day in Seattle 41-36.