Basically what we know now is that if the AFC Championship Game is at Gillette Stadium (a longshot), the archrival Jets will be the opponent. And I suppose we know that the Jets defense and running game is — or at least was, on this day — as good as their lofty rankings.
Rookie Shonn Green was a revelation in a more full-time role for the Jets, the offensive line was on top of its game and the defense was its big-play self. Maybe most important, for the Jets’ program’s growth, was the continued progress of Mark Sanchez, who threw for 182 yards and a touchdown on 12-of-15 passing, even with a sure touchdown deep to Braylon Edwards dropped.
If the Patriots win, the Jets go to Indy. If Baltimore wins, they go to San Diego.
So do the Jets have a legit shot in Round 2? I don’t think so. But then, I also thought they were gonna be finished by the Bengals today.
Oh, and as for the other side of the ledger, the team I used to cover did pretty well for themselves. In fact, with that hurdle of winning their first playoff game in 14 years, cleared, I think those Cowboys are the frontrunner for the NFC’s berth in the Super Bowl.