Colts host Jets, Chiefs host Ravens in AFC wild card round

Today wasn’t an easy day for the Indianapolis Colts, but a last-second field goal from Adam Vinatieri gave them a 23-20 win over the Tennessee Titans, and the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs.

That means the Colts will host the New York Jets in the AFC wild card round, while the Baltimore Ravens will head to Kansas City and play the Chiefs.

For the Colts today, Peyton Manning went 27-of-41 for 264 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. But despite Manning’s big game — and despite the Colts’ defense holding Titans running back Chris Johnson to just 39 yards on 20 carries — the Colts weren’t able to put the Titans away until the very end. The teams were tied 20-20 throughout the fourth quarter until Vinatieri’s kick on the game’s last play finally ended things.

Now Manning and Co. get ready for Rex Ryan’s Jets defense in a very compelling first-round playoff matchup.

19 responses to “Colts host Jets, Chiefs host Ravens in AFC wild card round

  1. I think Manning -with all his years of experience – is smart enough to realize that playing the game is pointless……. Rex Ryan says the Jets are “going all the way”.

  2. Dear Jets;

    Please beat the Colts. I want to watch another epic beating at the hands of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

    Signed;

    Patriot fans everywhere

  3. I hate the Colts and the Jets equally. But give the edge to the Colts. Its tough to play in their dome, and Rex is the biggest drama Queen next to Ocho Stinko.

    Ravens will steam roll Chiefs who looked horrible today.

  4. Easy picks,,,

    Indy dumps the Jets! Indy has won 4 straight, and are streaking. The Jets don’t have the offense to stay with Indy,,,not at Indy they don’t.

    KC beats the Ravens. Yes I know KC took a dump today,,,but Oakland has a GREAT Pass rush,,,as shown today. The Ravens do NOT,,,and can be run on,,,and Flacco has NEVER experienced the type of noise that he will next weekend.

    So both Home teams will win.

  5. Is it only me, or does anybody else share the impression that for the past two seasons, Jeff Fisher generally did not care much about whether the Titans lose or win?

    I watched the 59-0 Pats Titans last season … the Pats did not run up the score … the Titans simply refused to show up.

    Each game I saw of the Titans this season, I had the impression Fisher generally did not give a d#%n whether the Titans win or lose …

    Why did he try the 61 yd FG instead of a fake?

  6. “That means the Colts will host the New York Jets in the AFC wild card round,”

    Don’t you mean the Colts will host the Super Bowl Champion New York Jets ? Oh wait….. in the real world you actually have to play the games first.

  7. Those are some appealing matchups. Next weekend should be fun.

    This was a pretty revealing weekend if you were still undecided on what you thought of certain teams. NE, Pitt, and Atlanta all played like teams deserving of a bye. GB played like a #6 seed. NO played like a #5 seed. Even Baltimore played like a #5 seed barely beating a weak Cincy team. Given the circumstances, Indy, Philly, and KC all looked like good (but not great) 10-6 teams.

  8. The chiefs have the ravens coming in and will have to step up their protection of cassel! The ravens do as well a job rushing the passer and stopping the run as the steelers!! Yes the ravens against cincy may have looked pedestrian but in divisional games can be a toss up!
    go colts and and greenbay!! can’t stand pat’s(since tuckrule game)!! can’t wait til next week

  9. Given the circumstances, Indy, Philly, and KC all looked like good (but not great) 10-6 teams.

    Uh, you can remove the “KC”. The Raiders looked like the REAL playoff team..they dismantled them (Bush ran for 137, they sacked Cassell 5 times).

    Chiefs looked as if they expected to be rested. The only one playing was Tamba Hali and Dwayne Bowe.

    Colts will annhilate them next week.

  10. @ tatum

    I agree. That’s why I said “given the circumstances”. It was apparent KC wasn’t going all out. They had very little to play for.

    Jets are playing the Colts. Not the Chiefs.

  11. Jets should start their 2nd stringers against the Colts. Looked pretty good against Buffalo.
    I know. It was only Buffalo.

  12. Now the fun begins! Rexy is going to have a massive heart attack after they go one and done in the dome of Manning.

    Four down. Four to go!

    GO COLTS!!!

  13. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 2, 2011 9:27 PM

    @ tatum

    I agree. That’s why I said “given the circumstances”. It was apparent KC wasn’t going all out. They had very little to play for.

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    Give me a break. What a lame excuse. They weren’t going all out? Pardon me, but they were playing their starters the entire game, and yes, they were “going all out”. They did have something to play for. The third seed and a chance to play the Jets. Problem is, they got bitch slapped by a team that matches up against them very well. I think it’s pretty obvious that the Raiders were built to beat the AFC West, as it showed with a 6-0 record within the division. Four of those six wins being blow outs.

    You don’t play your starters the entire game if your not “going all out”, so you can shove that excuse where the sun doesn’t shine. This was a rivalry game, and you can bet the Chiefs brought their “A game”. Sadly for them, it just wasn’t good enough.

  14. sarahpalinhater says:
    Jan 2, 2011 7:40 PM
    Easy picks,,,

    Indy dumps the Jets! Indy has won 4 straight, and are streaking. The Jets don’t have the offense to stay with Indy,,,not at Indy they don’t.

    KC beats the Ravens. Yes I know KC took a dump today,,,but Oakland has a GREAT Pass rush,,,as shown today. The Ravens do NOT,,,and can be run on,,,and Flacco has NEVER experienced the type of noise that he will next weekend.

    So both Home teams will win.
    ———————————

    So you are making a point that both Oakland and KC are better than the Ravens …
    Who have they beaten – nobody. Which of the playoff teams have they beaten – nobody.

    Have you seen the Ravens play the Saints or the Steelers or the Falcons? Win or loss there was preassure ont he QB non-stop. Cassel doesn’t have what it takes and 100 yard rushing alone is not getting it done. Cassel has not seen a pass rusher like Suggs all year.
    Easy win for the Ravens.

  15. I have to agree with sarahpalinhater regarding the Chiefs. They can “upset” the Ravens at home if JC runs all over them. If JC does that, Cassel just needs an OK game to put it away in KC. However, the Ravens have been inching along all season and that’s what adds up to wins. It doesn’t matter how you win, just as long as you get the W. Oh, don’t trip anyone to try and get the win. That would make you the Jets.

    GO COLTS!!! Four down. Four to go!

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