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Thing of beauty: Jets defensive masterpiece stops Patriots cold

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The New York Jets backed up all their talk and then some.

In one of the best playoff defensive performances we’ve seen in a long time, the Jets stymied Tom Brady and the Patriots 28-21 in Foxboro on Sunday.  There were heroes aplenty for New York:  Santonio Holmes made an incredible touchdown grab; Shaun Ellis dominated on the defensive line with a legendary performance, and Darrelle Revis played his usual shutdown coverage.

But the biggest star was coach Rex Ryan and his defensive gameplan.  He said all week his goal wasn’t to be the greatest coach of all time, but the greatest coach on the field Sunday.   He was certainly that, out-foxing Bill Belichick and Tom Brady at every turn.

Ryan kept mixing up coverages to confuse Brady.  He sent pressure at the right time and enough got pressure from his defensive line.   Brady is one of the smartest quarterbacks in football, and couldn’t unlock the mystery deep into the fourth quarter.  The performance reminded us of Belichick’s gameplan against the Rams in the 2001 Super Bowl.

All season long, the Jets defense chased the dominance they showed in 2009.   They were a good, not great group that could no longer shut the opposition down.  That all changed Sunday against the best offense in the league.  Brady averaged only 5.8 yards-per-throw and had only two plays over 20 yards.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, meanwhile, was occasionally erratic but threw three touchdowns.   All three of the Jets’ top wide receivers made difficult plays for him.

When the Jets offense needed to respond to a late third quarter Pariots touchdown, Sanchez directed a five-play, 71-yard touchdown drive.  New York dominated line play on both sides of the ball.

“We came here for a reason,” Ryan said after the game.  “We believed.  We worked too hard to get back here.  We thought we were the better team.”

There was no doubt about that on Sunday.

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  1. joetoronto says: Jan 16, 2011 8:10 PM

    Hats off to the Jets and Rex Ryan, yes, Rex Ryan too.

    He put it all on his shoulders and the team responded.

  2. nyjallgodamnday says: Jan 16, 2011 8:10 PM

    Pats caught cheating again and then get beat down at home by their rival, sucks to be a pats fan!

  3. tbd3 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:10 PM

    Nice job, Jets. Hate to admit it as a Patriots fan, but New York deserves the win. They outplayed the Patriots.

    Ugh.

  4. jwil444 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:11 PM

    Hey Welker, not such a good foot soldier today huh?

  5. jimmy1smith says: Jan 16, 2011 8:11 PM

    Spygate will continue to be a skid mark in the underwear of the Patriots. They haven’t won a Superbowl since and will never win one with Bellicheat as the head coach. Cheaters will never be rewarded but congrats to the Jets for helping this message come thru.

  6. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Jan 16, 2011 8:11 PM

    Tommy and Welker just got a foot up the backside!

  7. pftfan says: Jan 16, 2011 8:12 PM

    Hey, where are the Patriots fans? Let me check the side of my milk carton..

  8. bspurloc says: Jan 16, 2011 8:13 PM

    .

    actually pats scored 21 jets scored 28. so the offense helped out this time.

  9. retiredarmy1 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:13 PM

    “F” all of ya Jet Haters,,,,, GO J-E-T-T-T-T-T-S

  10. bspurloc says: Jan 16, 2011 8:14 PM

    .

    pats got stomped out by the big FOOT!

  11. sundaysundaysunday says: Jan 16, 2011 8:14 PM

    Sanchez outplayed Brady…wow!

  12. joetoronto says: Jan 16, 2011 8:14 PM

    Good one, pftfan! :)

  13. roadwash says: Jan 16, 2011 8:14 PM

    Oh no! We have to listen to this BS…..I CAN”T WAIT until the Steelers (I don’t really care for the Steelers) shut the Jets up! I won’t be able to listen to all the NY loudmouths for a full 2 weeks. Ben keep your pants up this week and send the Jets home with a nice BIG piece of STHU!…please.

  14. pervyharvin says: Jan 16, 2011 8:15 PM

    pervyharvin says: Jan 16, 2011 6:35 PM

    Nothing stunning about it! I predicted it earlier. The Foot has been studying that blowout loss tape 24 hours a day since it happened.Knew he would make adjustments for the Pats.
    ======================================
    Simple as that! Rex is not a dumb man…

  15. jerrycolatrella says: Jan 16, 2011 8:16 PM

    For all the rhetoric we hear in the media about how great a coach Bill Belichick is and how he is brilliant, he sure does make some dumb coaching decisions.

    It is now six years and counting since he last won a Super Bowl.

  16. 8man says: Jan 16, 2011 8:16 PM

    Jets won. Congratulations. Well done.

    I’m on record as saying this game was essentially meaningless because the winner didn’t get a trophy.

    That being said, the Jets took it to the Patriots in their house. Period.

    Now finish the job. Win next week and go to the Super Bowl.

  17. tombradystears says: Jan 16, 2011 8:18 PM

    roadwash says: Jan 16, 2011 8:14 PM

    Oh no! We have to listen to this BS…..I CAN”T WAIT until the Steelers (I don’t really care for the Steelers) shut the Jets up! I won’t be able to listen to all the NY loudmouths for a full 2 weeks. Ben keep your pants up this week and send the Jets home with a nice BIG piece of STHU!…please.

    ——-

    Oh how the tables have turned. You seem pretty mad, but remember, my good friend- stay classy. The Jets outplayed the Patriots the entire game, and the final score reflects that.

  18. crunchyclam says: Jan 16, 2011 8:18 PM

    The Patriots did their best, but it just wasn’t enough. Too bad.

  19. pftfan says: Jan 16, 2011 8:18 PM

    Sanchez deserves his own separate PFT post: 3 TDs in Foxboro!

  20. seanmmartin says: Jan 16, 2011 8:18 PM

    I’m a Pats fan.

    We lost.

    Interior lineman and a pass rusher come April.

    Go Pats.

  21. gdonz14 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:20 PM

    Memo from a Jets critic (a Jets HATER actually): JETS CRITICS SILENCED. Even if they blow it in Pitt. Story has been written already. Back to back wins in the only games that matter…and beating arguably the two best QBs to ever play the game. That’s called walking the walk.

  22. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 16, 2011 8:20 PM

    Belichick dug his own grave. That fake punt from his own 40 with a minute to go in the first half was just moronic. Down 7-3, they likely could have pinned the Jets back around their 20 and gone into the half down four.

    Horrible decision. Still, props to the Jets. They played a great 60 minutes.

  23. ny82jy says: Jan 16, 2011 8:21 PM

    rex ryan 2 seasons as head coach 2 seasons afc championship game. if your talking trash about him as a coach your not paying attention. He has done more in two years than Alot of coaches never do..

  24. ohnomrbill says: Jan 16, 2011 8:21 PM

    For everybody that thought the PATS were going to win without even showing. CHOKE – CHOKE

  25. jetters149 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:22 PM

    oh my lord to all the jet haters AND JOE NAMITH I guess Cromartie drank from the kryptonite glass cause REX AND THE JETS shut So called superman up This one is to you joe ha ha ha. keep on hating keep on hating

  26. jvw1982 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:22 PM

    Speaking of Pats fans…..where are they?

  27. scytherius says: Jan 16, 2011 8:23 PM

    AMAZING!

    And what the HELL was that long, time consuming drive by the Pats there towards the end when down by 10? That was horrible.

    Today it was the PATS who looked like the 7-9 team that made it to the playoffs.

  28. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 16, 2011 8:23 PM

    Chew on that, trickbunny! Keep on getting OWNED by the Steelers!

  29. afc22 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:23 PM

    it certainly was a thing of beauty!

    kudos to the Pats fans who came on here and gave credit where it’s due.

  30. captainobvious1 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:24 PM

    agree jerry. two epic defensive meltdowns in ’06 and ’07 and he’s been thoroughly outcoached in his last three playoff games. brady hasn’t helped the situation out any either as he’s played like #$#@ in the playoffs since 2004.

  31. jhorton83 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:26 PM

    jerrycolatrella says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:16 PM
    For all the rhetoric we hear in the media about how great a coach Bill Belichick is and how he is brilliant, he sure does make some dumb coaching decisions.

    It is now six years and counting since he last won a Super Bowl.
    ————————————————–

    There are only 4 coaches in NFL history with 3 Super Bowl victories on their resume. Somehow I don’t think this loss is really going to put his job in jeopardy. And anyone that thinks videotaping signals, a practice that wasn’t even banned until 2006, nullifies those victories is an idiot.

  32. chapnastier says: Jan 16, 2011 8:29 PM

    Revis and Cromartie deserve a lot of credit. They shut down the receivers and Brady had nowhere to go with the ball. Jets and Steelers will be an awesome game.

  33. dontstabmeray says: Jan 16, 2011 8:29 PM

    What a great weekend of football…First RayRay and the rest of those bums get run out of Pittsburgh, then Tom Brady sucked it up once again in the playoffs. I can barely remember 2004 (last time they won a super bowl). It must be really hard to win without videotaping. All you Steelers haters can suck it because number 7 will arrive in 3 weeks……

  34. unknownunknown19 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:33 PM

    Well, I guess Brady and Welker and put thier best foot forward towards the couch to watch the Superbowl this year.

  35. belicheckyoself says: Jan 16, 2011 8:34 PM

    It’s like the Pats season was the theme to Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

    There, when one of you fans of spygate are about to whine after winning (which is incomprehensible) you can use that line.

  36. Darth Goodell says: Jan 16, 2011 8:34 PM

    Toes before hos.

  37. sirsprague says: Jan 16, 2011 8:35 PM

    Bills fan here. So you can imagine I hate both teams, and was rooting for an influenza virus to strike down all 106 players.

    But you know what I have to respect? Rex Ryan is completely honest. I don’t get the sense that anything he does (trash talk, interviews, etc.) is a facade, or dishonest, or a cliche answer to a question. What you see is what you get.

    Not a bad way to live your life, in my opinion. Makes me happy to see the Jets win today. Of course, I’ll be a quasi-Pittsburgh fan next week.

  38. belicheckyoself says: Jan 16, 2011 8:36 PM

    belicheckyoself says:
    Jan 16, 2011 7:58 PM
    Jets played a great game, those coverages were perfect, and you fried Brady.
    Sanchez did what he does well, an LT finally had a great postseason game.

    Congrats!
    Go Steelers then Packers!

  39. bspurloc says: Jan 16, 2011 8:37 PM

    .

    Thank You LT for fumbling that sem i nole to force them to stop using it!

  40. jonnysinns says: Jan 16, 2011 8:37 PM

    The Pats needed someone that could stretch the field so the Jets wouldn’t be able to blitz every down. Dinking and Dunking just wasn’t going to cut it.

    They use to have a guy like that could do that…

  41. hobartbaker says: Jan 16, 2011 8:38 PM

    Everyone getting tired of Bellyache’s act anyway. Billy Goat Grimace has enough tucked away to keep him in Cialis, and the blond in Bo Peep outfits, for as long as his eroding little heart can stand. Not that anyone was looking forward to Rex “The Registered Offender” Ryan taking his place in the spotlight. That’s harsh.

  42. ronbo1100 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:38 PM

    Oh yeah. Jet haters…….see ya in the Super Bowl!

  43. jaysondecandia says: Jan 16, 2011 8:39 PM

    Sanchez 3 tds in foxboro! 3-1 in playoffs as a 2nd yr qb! He has 3 more playoff wins than Brady the past two yrs!

    I’m a diehard jet fan and I’m shocked! Welcome to the green apple! Gonna be a fun week in NYC!

  44. richm2256 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:39 PM

    pftfan says:
    Hey, where are the Patriots fans? Let me check the side of my milk carton..

    jvw1982 says:
    Speaking of Pats fans…..where are they?
    ——————————————————–
    There have been several “Jets win” stories already and I’ve seen several Patriots fans posting congratulations to the Jets, haven’t seen a single idiot post.

    Jets walked the talk today and thoroughly backed up their mouths. They dominated New England for three quarters.

    nyjallgodamnday says:
    Pats caught cheating again and then get beat down at home by their rival, sucks to be a pats fan!
    ———————————————————
    Nice to see a Jets fan gracious in Victory.

  45. thegreatwhitemidget says: Jan 16, 2011 8:40 PM

    I’m a pats fan and the jets really proved themselves and backed up their talk so I give them credit. See ya next year

  46. gorilladunk says: Jan 16, 2011 8:41 PM

    I have no dog in this fight, but Ellis just wore the Patriots out today. I’ll admit that I like Rex Ryan (his dad was a turd) and he was masterful at taking the pressure off his players by running his mouth all week. The Patriots looked very ordinary and Tommy B. was very average. Hope the Jets can dial it up again next week at Pittsburgh. If they can, it might be the greatest run in playoff history, beating three of the top five QB’s in three straight games ON THE ROAD.

  47. pukey60 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:42 PM

    Hey all

    I AM a patriots fan and this what I think.

    The Jets deserved to win, they played a better game. Tom Brady lloked confused and was under intense pressure all game long. I don’t believe he hit a single “hot read” all game.

    But lets be honest. We shot ourselves in the foot more than once

    > horrid “fake” punt

    > inexcusable lack of clock management, see hudding up with 7 minuted to play and down by TWO SCORES

    > a very weak, and seemingly unadjustable game plan (see Giants Super Bowl)

    Now I go to the second tier – Go Bears

    It’s been a great season, but I’m out

    Congrats Jets, you earned it.

  48. SteelTown6 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:42 PM

    Wow… the Jets won on heart and pure will, while
    the Pats seemed to be playing with a sense of entitlement, with no real sense of urgency.

    Hats off to the Jets, and see you next week in the ‘Burgh.

  49. buzzbissinger says: Jan 16, 2011 8:45 PM

    Excellent game Jets, congrats. Do the AFL proud and beat the Steelers!

  50. philtration says: Jan 16, 2011 8:45 PM

    That was impressive.

    I don’t like the Pats either but I would not be writing them off just yet.
    They have a ton of draft picks again this April.

  51. xtb3 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:49 PM

    Sanchez was purposely NOT pressured almost every single play!

    Belichick is not that stupid!

  52. gojets111111 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:55 PM

    to all my fellow jet fans..

    nothing means more to me then what Rex said at his news conference..

    same ol jets here.. we are at the afc championship game again

    how true it is..that a coach has finally come ..and now finally

    The Jets get respect !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. nfl4ever says: Jan 16, 2011 8:55 PM

    Pats fan here, Jets deserved the win, no ands, ifs buts or toes.

  54. 3yrsnfl says: Jan 16, 2011 8:56 PM

    Shawn Ellis- He’s a solid pro. Has worked hard for many years. Congrats!

    The Jets won this game. They own New York and the back page.

    Good to see some of the Patriot fans give credit to the Jets. The Jets backed up their talk.

    Another tough game next week, on grass like it is suppose to be!!

  55. bhenryman says: Jan 16, 2011 8:59 PM

    hahaha all u people that doubted the jets!!!!

  56. mannynh says: Jan 16, 2011 8:59 PM

    we lost fair and square..

    Pitchers and catchers meet in 26 day! Go Red Sox!

  57. mattlion says: Jan 16, 2011 9:02 PM

    Disappointed Pats fan here – but the Jets showed how it’s done come playoff time. The talk is obnoxious, but on the field their defense hits hard and it’s a lot more creative than the predictable Pats.

    2 of the best 3-4 defenses of the modern era going head to head in the AFC next week, the one that can cause the most chaos will pull out the win.

  58. ice90 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:09 PM

    Gregg wrote: “Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, meanwhile, was occasionally erratic but threw three touchdowns”

    Gregg, FYI. Sanchez had a 127 QB rating. Yes, his receivers made good catches, like pros are supposed to do. If anything, it was Brady who was erratic today. For God sakes, Sanchez has led his team to two conference championship games in two seasons. Can you please give him his props? The guy is 4-1 in the postseason, all road games. You don’t luck into that.

    Jeez……… I hear you guys talk about Joe Flacco like he’s the second coming of Joe Montana. Sanchez has been far more clutch than Flacco yet he gets zero credit from the knuckleheads at PFT.

  59. john0756 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:10 PM

    Pats fan that can admit Jets deserved to win just out played the Patriots today but Some of these comments are just sad win a Super bowl then talk something. If you lose to the Steelers then this win means nothing.

  60. larrymcj says: Jan 16, 2011 9:10 PM

    Someone’s probably going to smack me for this…but this win could not have come to a more UNDESERVING team. I used to not even have an opinion of the Jets…but in the last year I’ve grown to dislike them (and their coach) immensely.

    While I realize the Jets actually won this game…that doesn’t forgive them for all their childish behavior, uncalled-for remarks about the Pats (some directed to specific players), planned tripping of players (I’ll never forget this one, even if the Jets fans probably enjoyed it).

    Enjoy your win, Jets fan…I sincerely hope you’re leaving your TVs early at the end of the Jet’s next game.

  61. ice90 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:16 PM

    One more thing… with all the trash talk on these posts, I appreciate the Pats fans who have stepped up and gave the Jets their props. It was a great game, I’m glad the Jets won but that doesn’t mean I think the Pats “suck” or “cheat” or any of the other goofy $h!t that gets posted here. I have no doubt New England will be in the hunt next season.

  62. cintiphil says: Jan 16, 2011 9:16 PM

    I wanted to comment on the game today, as an uninterested observer who has no dog in the fight. I love to watch great players in this game, whomever they are. I do not believe the Jets are quite as good as the Pats as the season records seem to suggest. I do feel that the Jets outplayed them today, and it seemed that they wanted it more.

    I played this game as a H-S athlete, but was injured several times in my last year (dislocations etc.) I did not want to risk the bad injuries any longer, so I quit. What of it? I just saw a player today who is more afraid to get hurt than I was, and he probably should quit the game soon. In all 65 years in watching the NFL, I never saw a more cowardly player than Tom Brady. All the Jets had to do was lay a hand on him, and he went down. He deserves the chicken of the year. If you want to play this game, then play! You might get hurt and badly, but that is why you make the money. Otherwise, I would advise Brady of this. “Cowards die many time before their death. the valiant taste of death, but once”. As far as I am concerned, Brady is a disgrace to the game. Next week, the Jets will face a real football player/quarterback in Big Ben. Good Luck

  63. heywoodjablome says: Jan 16, 2011 9:18 PM

    Did anyone notice how quickly the stadium emptied when the there was about 4 minutes left? Talk about fair-weather fans. The fans from most cities would have hung around knowing there was faint chance that their team could pull it off. Pathetic.

  64. frankvzappa says: Jan 16, 2011 9:29 PM

    it helped that the jets interfered on every pass without a penalty

  65. ingreenmts says: Jan 16, 2011 9:31 PM

    john0756 – You are wrong when you say “if you lose to the Steelers then this win means nothing.” The JETS won in FOXBORO. The JETS beat the patriots in the medowlands often, but today they BEAT them in FOXBORO. Rex talks the talk and walks the walk. REX is the reason for this win. Looking forward to many more years of kicking some patriot butt in MA.

  66. randomcommenter says: Jan 16, 2011 9:34 PM

    What’s Brady’s post-spygate playoff record?

    We were told that spygate was overblown and gave no real advantage, so obviously his playoff record must be similar before and after.

  67. pftfan says: Jan 16, 2011 9:36 PM

    john0756 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:10 PM

    If you lose to the Steelers then this win means nothing.

    ——–

    No, I’m pretty sure it means something. Especially after all the nonstop harping about a 45-3 regular season game.

    This game means plenty for all parties involved, no matter how much you’d like it not to.

  68. backindasaddle says: Jan 16, 2011 9:44 PM

    Pats fan here: Congrats to the Jets. They played better than the Pats today and deserved to win. Congrats again….see you next year.

  69. browningnagle says: Jan 16, 2011 9:52 PM

    Did anyone else think Branch and Edelman looked like jackasses talking smack and gettin in faces down by 10 in the 4th qtr?
    Guess they do their talkin on the field.

  70. northernbeaches says: Jan 16, 2011 10:07 PM

    149 Harbord Rd
    12:15pm-1:00pm

  71. john0756 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:11 PM

    No, I’m pretty sure it means something. Especially after all the nonstop harping about a 45-3 regular season game.

    This game means plenty for all parties involved, no matter how much you’d like it not to.

    So it means you won a playoff game and still have no rings?

    I follow the patriots a lot and never once heard them mention the 45-3 game. I think you mistake the media for the Patriots

  72. carson9 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:19 PM

    The Jets and the Refs stoped the Patriots today.

  73. richm2256 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:34 PM

    heywoodjablome says:
    Did anyone notice how quickly the stadium emptied when the there was about 4 minutes left? Talk about fair-weather fans. The fans from most cities would have hung around knowing there was faint chance that their team could pull it off. Pathetic.
    ——————————————————-

    No, I watched the entire game, and didn’t see a trace of this. The place was full until the very end.

    ingreenmts says:
    Looking forward to many more years of kicking some patriot butt in MA.
    ——————————————————–
    Buddy, your team won ONE game here today, on the same field they got pasted 45-3 a few weeks ago.

    Relax a bit and just enjoy the moment.

  74. beefsbrother says: Jan 16, 2011 10:36 PM

    You can slice it any way you want, but the Pats simply didn’t deserve to win. It was a strange game, but the Jets did enough to win and the Pats didn’t. No excuses, no whining. It was a great season that I wish lasted longer.

  75. john0756 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:39 PM

    ingreenmts says: Jan 16, 2011 9:31 PM

    john0756 – You are wrong when you say “if you lose to the Steelers then this win means nothing.” The JETS won in FOXBORO. The JETS beat the patriots in the medowlands often, but today they BEAT them in FOXBORO. Rex talks the talk and walks the walk. REX is the reason for this win. Looking forward to many more years of kicking some patriot butt in MA.

    So if the Steelers beat the Jets it means you get no rings but you beat them in Foxboro so I guess Patriots will never win at home again against the Jets. It means nothing without the ring because next year is next year and who knows how good either team will be. I guess I don’t get it Patriots care about getting rings but you make it seem like Jets superbowl is beating the Patriots.

  76. richm2256 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:40 PM

    cintiphil says:
    Otherwise, I would advise Brady of this. “Cowards die many time before their death. the valiant taste of death, but once”. As far as I am concerned, Brady is a disgrace to the game. Next week, the Jets will face a real football player/quarterback in Big Ben. Good Luck
    ——————————————————–
    I’m as big a Pats fan as there is and this game was a big deal to me, but dude, please …….. can the talk about death and valor.

    It’s a football game.

  77. cantarguefacts says: Jan 16, 2011 10:47 PM

    Beating Manning and Brady on the road in consecutive weekends in the playoffs? Wow, I have to hand it to the Jets. They played a great game and really earned it. The Pats really hurt themselves a few times but Brady didnt look comfortable at all today. Great win for the Jets, I guess its time to Bear Down lol

  78. 1phd says: Jan 16, 2011 10:51 PM

    If I were a Pats fan I would be going ballistic after today’s coaching fiasco. So much for the genius label for the morons wearing the headsets. If my team is ever down two scores with 8 minutes left and my OC calls 5 minutes of running plays I’d fire him on the spot. Why would anyone do that? You score as quickly as you can to get back in the game! This HAS to be rigged. I guess the NFL wants the Jets to win this year. Running out the clock is what the OTHER team does to stop you from scoring, not your own coaches. Were they playing to lose or tie?! Unbelievable!

  79. fribnit says: Jan 16, 2011 10:52 PM

    Seem to recall that the head line the last few days was “Pats Over Jets Only Sure Thing”

    Guess not.

  80. roadwash says: Jan 16, 2011 10:54 PM

    tombradystears says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:18 PM
    roadwash says: Jan 16, 2011 8:14 PM

    Oh no! We have to listen to this BS…..I CAN”T WAIT until the Steelers (I don’t really care for the Steelers) shut the Jets up! I won’t be able to listen to all the NY loudmouths for a full 2 weeks. Ben keep your pants up this week and send the Jets home with a nice BIG piece of STHU!…please.

    ——-

    Oh how the tables have turned. You seem pretty mad, but remember, my good friend- stay classy. The Jets outplayed the Patriots the entire game, and the final score reflects that.

    ____
    The tables haven’t turned the Jets won and I still don’t like the way they do their business. Shut-up and play. Even LT did his little dance today, he is starting to act like the rest of them. They did outplay the Pats, I don’t like the Pats either. I have never seen a decent (not GREAT) team blow their own horn more. Being confident is one thing, just chirping to hear your own tune is a whole different deal. The NY Parakeets are the ones that need to stay classy….if your that good go out, bring a can of whoop ass, point to the scoreboard and move on. (I liked the Jets one short year ago)…just sayin.

  81. jetters149 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:03 PM

    give me a break the refs stopped the pats today you are in denial carson9 DENIAL

  82. heywoodjablome says: Jan 16, 2011 11:07 PM

    No “richm2256.” Apparently you didnt see when the cameras showed the empty seats at the end zones. Did you watch a different game?

  83. steviemo says: Jan 16, 2011 11:07 PM

    Lemme see….Still zero championships for the Pats since Spygate. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

  84. thetooloftools says: Jan 16, 2011 11:15 PM

    Hey Jets, run your mouths on the Steelers…. I double dog dare ya !

  85. pga33 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:17 PM

    The Jets played terrific football today, and they beat the Patriots. Kudos to them for their play.

    Do I wish I’d never hear from their coach or their players again? You bet.

    Is the media dying for them to get past Pittsburgh so they can get two weeks of their non-stop talking about anything (except feet)? You bet.

    If they do get past Pittsburgh, I have to admit, I’ll be interested in watching Ryan deflect questions. Being a loudmouth, saying “I’m only here to talk about the game” has to be pretty painful.

  86. wtf__seriously says: Jan 16, 2011 11:24 PM

    Jets defense was clutch and smothering…Tom Brady looked lost and frustrated. The stadium was booing them at the start of halftime!
    Congratulations to the Jets for their second appearance in the AFC Championship Game in the same number of years! Rex and the team deserve this moment. They earned it. Truly a GREAT football team!!

    Belichick made some really questionable decisions during this game, so I think the talk about himbeing the greatest coach ever will die down a little.

    MistrezzRachael, ampats, Blackglass and a few select others…Buh BYE now!!! Enjoy the offseason!

  87. wtf__seriously says: Jan 16, 2011 11:24 PM

    Jets defense was clutch and smothering…Tom Brady looked lost and frustrated. The stadium was booing them at the start of halftime!
    Congratulations to the Jets for their second appearance in the AFC Championship Game in the same number of years! Rex and the team deserve this moment. They earned it. Truly a GREAT football team!!

    Belichick made some really questionable decisions during this game, so I think the talk about him being the greatest coach ever will die down a little.

    MistrezzRachael, ampats, Blackglass and a few select others…Buh BYE now!!! Enjoy the offseason!

  88. objectivejetfan says: Jan 16, 2011 11:29 PM

    Great win by the Jets. This was without a doubt the best team (pats) in football coming into this game. Too bad regular season wins don’t count. Hey just a question. Has anyone ever beaten Brady and Manning in consecutive weeks? counting regular season??

  89. didiwags says: Jan 16, 2011 11:36 PM

    Not a Pats fan but I am even less of a Jets fan so GO STEELERS!!!

  90. gnyj85 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:48 PM

    good for you didiwags…nobody cares…Lets go Jets!

  91. pga33 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:49 PM

    I also get a kick out of this “Jets didn’t have a chance” nonsense. Jets played decent football throughout the season, had a relatively difficult schedule and they still made double digit wins in the regular season.

    Wonder when we’ll start hearing about the “Miracle Jets”…the same Jets who went to the AFC Championship Game last season?

  92. nickster2k says: Jan 16, 2011 11:53 PM

    I think the problem is that the genius needs more tight ends. Maybe he could draft a few more next year and then maybe even get Vrabel back to vulture their goal line touchdowns.

    And he should trade down for 15 more draft picks. You can never have enough low round draft picks.

    Oh and they all need to be white.

  93. nickster2k says: Jan 16, 2011 11:56 PM

    nyjallgodamnday says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:10 PM
    Pats caught cheating again and then get beat down at home by their rival, sucks to be a pats fan!

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    Good thing there are no real pats fans. Just redsox fans passing the time till spring training.

  94. goawayeverybody says: Jan 17, 2011 12:57 AM

    Well, so far the Jets have defeated the Whiners (Colts) and the Cheaters (Patriots). If they can get past the Rapists (Steelers), then I don’t really mind who wins the Super Bowl.

  95. dirtdawg55 says: Jan 17, 2011 12:59 AM

    Guess Rosenthal missed the Steelers game on Saturday if he’s claiming this one was one of the better defensive performances in a long time. A good performance for sure, but not an all time classic case of destruction.

    But it was a win. And a great one. The Jets deserve props. They talked big and walked bigger. They pretty much had full control of this game. Beating Manning is one thing (not unusual for him to lose in the playoffs) but beating Brady at home is another. This was a good win and the Jets deserve congratulations.

  96. jcjets says: Jan 17, 2011 1:13 AM

    What a great game! Honestly, I knew the jets could win and had a pretty good shot but I certainly wasn’t confident..

    Jets finally got a conventional pass rush. Marty Lyons (ex Jet d-lineman) said on the jets pregame, he told Ellis before the game that there might not be many more of these games for Ellis in his career, and Ellis sure played like it.

  97. quentincosta says: Jan 17, 2011 1:38 AM

    pftfan says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:12 PM
    Hey, where are the Patriots fans? Let me check the side of my milk carton..

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    Here and congrats to the Jets for a well-deserved win.

  98. jetsfan136 says: Jan 17, 2011 1:41 AM

    The Pats fans that have posted have been all class here, and that’s the same thing I saw in the stadium. Handled the loss with class. You got a great team, a wonderful stadium, and I salute New England, the birthplace of the American Revolution! Jets were just better yesterday and the I think Pats fans will agree that the Jets fans once in their lives deserve something good to happen to them. You worry that this is our Super Bowl, and if they lose going forward, then they lose. No Whining.

  99. pfii63 says: Jan 17, 2011 2:12 AM

    Lifelong and HUGE Patriots fan here, so painful to watch today, but…

    1. Credit to the Jets’ game plan… as the article notes, it was a thing of beauty and completely took the Pats out of their own game. the Jets had to do everything right today and see the Pats make uncharacteristic mistakes in order to win… and that’s exactly what happened.

    2. Interestingly the Jets were more gracious in victory (for the most part) than they were all week. They did earn the right to talk smack today, at least for now.

    3. Very flat effort by the Patriots today… even before the Jets punched them in the mouth they seemed to lack intensity. And the defensive pass rush schemes were simply awful… the defense played well given the situations they were put in, but lacking a pass rush gave Sanchez the time he needed to feel comfortable and complete big plays.

    4. Not good offensive line play today… uncharacteristic mistakes, lack of discipline, and no intensity…. really reminded me of their effort against the Giants in the Super Bowl.

    5. Interesting decision by BB to bench Welker for the first series.. reinforced my belief the Belichick was not pleased with Welker’s playful poke, and that he doesn’t want to see his players get personal with opposing coaches. I can’t help but think that Welker’s benching affected the outcome of the first drive… had that drive resulted in a touchdown we could well have seen a different storyline unfold.

    I can’t bring myself to be a Steelers fan even for a week, so now I will become a Packers fan for the next three weeks.

    In the meantime, the long-term view for the Patriots is just as strong as it was before this game. They have a solid and young defense… an offense that is also younger and full of talent, and three of the first 33 picks this April. They will come back loaded next fall, particularly given the number of starters they get back from IR. They are still lacking some mental toughness and need to develop leadership on the defensive side of the ball, but they are very close to becoming one of the league’s best defenses. McCourty is a beast, and combined with Mayo, Cunningham, Spikes, Wilfork, Warren, Chung, Meriweather and Bodden this defense will only get better.

    Enjoy the victory, Jets – you earned it.

  100. gairzo says: Jan 17, 2011 2:35 AM

    jhorton83 says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:26 PM
    jerrycolatrella says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:16 PM
    For all the rhetoric we hear in the media about how great a coach Bill Belichick is and how he is brilliant, he sure does make some dumb coaching decisions.

    It is now six years and counting since he last won a Super Bowl.
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    There are only 4 coaches in NFL history with 3 Super Bowl victories on their resume. Somehow I don’t think this loss is really going to put his job in jeopardy. And anyone that thinks videotaping signals, a practice that wasn’t even banned until 2006, nullifies those victories is an idiot.
    ===============================

    The Cheaters were repeatedly warned since 2001. Those trophies can’t be nullified, but they sho’ is full o’ taint.

    Get your facts straight before you stick Belichicks foot in your mouth.

  101. mayfieldroadboy says: Jan 17, 2011 2:42 AM

    Pats offense looked like the Browns offense: slow, sluggish, and too deliberate. No QB, no WRs, no O-line.The Pats have a ton of draft picks. Look for a QB to groom who may even play in 2011; and there will be a new OC in Foxboro. Belichick has grown tired of a team with players which feels entitled.

  102. monropoobah says: Jan 17, 2011 4:08 AM

    If you lose to the Steelers then this win means nothing.

    NO! next week i may start caring if we beat the steelers but not yet. this was the second biggest game in jets history and we won it. LOVED beating the pats, brady, belicheck.

    that said, thank you! to the classy among you pat fans.

    jets could we PLEASE let go of the whole belicheat thing? think what you think, but the constant ‘joke’ is beyond tiresome now.

  103. realhousewivesofcincinnati says: Jan 17, 2011 6:00 AM

    I have the utmost respect for Brady, but wasnt he going down a little too easy today? I think on one sack he fell before Ellis even touched him. His resume speaks for itself and he’ll always be considered a great one, BUT today he looked like a professional model in a QB’s body. Not the other way around.

  104. 1historian says: Jan 17, 2011 7:12 AM

    it ain’t bragging if you do it – the jests did it

    A defensive masterpiece – well said

    Congratu – u – frigging – lations

    GO STEELERS!

  105. jjefferson13 says: Jan 17, 2011 8:02 AM

    Pats fan here…

    Congrats Jets, you guys came and did what you needed, and we came and well, I’m not sure we even realized a game was going on until the last 5 minutes of the game. Not sure if it was lack of heart on the Pats side, superb planning on the Jets side, the pass rush for NY which smacked us around, the tight coverage by NY which didn’t give Brady hardly anywhere to pass to, or Brady’s overall sloppy playing yesterday (he really looked Busch league), or a combination of everything but you guys backed up your talked and won. Good job.

    Always next year. :-(

  106. ingreenmts says: Jan 17, 2011 8:12 AM

    john0567-You said” It means nothing without the ring because next year is next year and who knows how good either team will be. I guess I don’t get it Patriots care about getting rings but you make it seem like Jets superbowl is beating the Patriots.”

    Think of how you felt when you beat Peyton in Indiana for the first time. Jets want the rings, we just love it that we beat the patsies in their house to move on for the chance of the rings. Particularly love it as the media annointed the patsies as the superbowl favorites. I guess they forgot the games had to be played! Time for you to go ice fishing!

  107. joerevs300 says: Jan 17, 2011 8:30 AM

    True, the Jets did win against the Steelers 22-17 but there’s a few differences:

    – The Jets just used up weeks of emotion leading up to, during and after this game. We’ve all seen through sports history where a team gets drained down and has nothing left for the final game, lor loses the next one. To me, the Jets played this like it was their Super Bowl. You just can’t play with that kind of emotion 3 weeks in a row.

    – Troy Polamalu didn’t play in that game, and that’s a big deal. The Steelers defense is not nearly as dynamic when he’s not on the field.

    – Brad Smith was inactive last night and he may not be able to go. You may recall, he ran the opening kickoff back against the Steelers for a TD and is a big part of their offensive packages.

    – The Steelers had the #1 run defense and was in the top 5 in total defense. Both the Colts and Patriots have good offenses but sorry defenses. The Jets are not going to run on the Steelers like they did the first 2 games of the playoffs. That’s going to put a ton of pressure on Sanchez to execute, and on the Jets to keep the Steelers out of their backfield.

    – With it looking like Flozell was just sick and not injured, the Steelers offensive line has been playing better (NOT great) over the past several weeks. The Jets do not have a guy like Terrell Suggs that can cause matchup problems on the outside.

    Now, to the Patriots. I kept waiting for them to just explode and score points in bunches, but kudos to the Jets for getting them down and then taking the air out of the ball in the 2nd half.

    And one’s really got to start worrying about Belichick at this point. First he goes for 4th down on HIS side of the field at the 30. Then he allows a relatively young player on his roster to make an absolutely stupid decision which gave the Jets all the momentum going in at halftime. Then there was the drive in the 4th quarter where you would have thought it was the Patriots who were ahead by 10, not the Jets, there was absolutely no urgency whatsoever.

    Sometimes success breeds confidence (Jets). And sometimes it breeds overconfidence (Patriots).

    The bottom line: 45-3 was the worst possible thing that could have happened to the Patriots and was the perfect motivation for the Jets to come up to Foxboro and give the Pats a playoff TKO.

  108. pats4everyall says: Jan 17, 2011 8:44 AM

    I am a Pats fan, but have to admit we got beat, Nice job Jets! Still can’t stand you Jets fans!

  109. ytsejamer1 says: Jan 17, 2011 9:05 AM

    Kudos to the Jets…they played a great game and did exactly what they needed to. They smacked us around and totally made Brady look like just another QB.

    I don’t think you can chalk it up to overconfidence. BB has seen it all in the NFL and I know he tries to keep his team motivated and focused. Now the Jets…they believe their own hype and thrive on it. They’ve got some great players. They backed it up and our Pats have a lot of work to do. Back to the drawing board…

    Unfortunately we’re going to have the hot-air bowl next week but it should be a stellar game nonetheless.

  110. urworstnitemare58 says: Jan 17, 2011 12:20 PM

    That was a great game. Congrats to the Jets and I think Ryan and his staff are better coaches than BB, and it would be alot of fun to play for a coach like Ryan. I think BB’s Asst coaches are the ones that make him look good.

  111. patsfiend says: Jan 17, 2011 1:10 PM

    Congrats to the Jets and their fans. Jet’s made the big plays that mattered last night, played hard, and had a great plan. Pats made a few too many mistakes, but also played hard until the end. Either one of those onsides could have gone to the Pats, and we all know that despite the ridiculous “cowardly” and other anti-Brady nonsense on here, that if he got the ball with even a minute left on the clock, every single Jets fan would be sh!tting their pants in horror.

    Look… Pats fans out there… they had a better season than you expected. The defense is young and fast and only going to get better. Loaded with picks to get a couple lineman on both sides of the ball. Brady, BB, and Kraft are not going anywhere for several more years… there are many things to be thankful and hopeful about. Wear your Pats gear today and point out to Yets fans that they’ve won nothing yet. :-)

    So congrats to the Jets, great game. Great D! See you next year… at least it’s nice to have rivalry and competition in the division again. It’s been a while.

  112. patsfiend says: Jan 17, 2011 1:23 PM

    Also… just want to point out how many classy Pats fans took the time (as painful as it may be, and believe me… it is) to log on to this site, read this and other posts, and rather than bitch about Jets antics or talk trash… actually congratulate the Jets and fans on a great game.

    Feeling proud of my fellow Pats fans right now… a small measure of happiness can be derived from at least that!

  113. cintiphil says: Jan 17, 2011 3:59 PM

    So richm2256 thinks I overstated the case in Brady’s performance. Well the truth is that on Sunday night Brady showed NO valor, and trust me, he DIED! Anyone who played serious sports at the college level or above, knows the feeling of this kind of loss. It will make grown men cry and beat their wives. It just goes to show that it is much harder to win when you do not cheat!

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