The Jets-Colts score barely moved in the first half. But in the end, the Jets-Colts score changed rapidly in the final minutes. After Indianapolis held a 7-0 lead at halftime, it looked like New York would be doomed for a disappointing finish. Whenever their offense struggles like this, Mark Sanchez rarely finds his way out of it, and neither does the team. Yet due to their running attack, and even Sanchez himself, the game finally put New York over the hump, in a 17-16 buzzer beater.
Neither team did much offensively in the first half, but Peyton Manning still pulled one big play off. A 57 yard throw to Pierre Garcon put Indianapolis ahead, while on the other end, Mark Sanchez threw a costly interception to end a late first half drive.
Although the Jets-Colts score was only 7-0 Indianapolis at halftime, it seemed like an insurmountable deficit. Sanchez looked to be at his worst, while it appeared to be a matter of time until Manning really got going. Instead, New York barely let Manning touch the ball in the second half.
By focusing on the run, the Jets had two long, time killing touchdown drives, and took a 14-10 lead in the fourth. Manning then went down the field, yet could only get a field goal out of it. New York had a chance to run the clock out – and even got a second chance after a roughing the kicker penalty – but they could not do it.
Once Manning took the ball back, the Jets-Colts score appeared to be settled then and there. It almost seemed pointless to go on, since Manning only needed a few first downs, and playoff hero Adam Vinatieri was set to clinch it. Indeed, Vinatieri added to his legend with a 50-yard field goal, leaving less than a minute left.
Although New York had two timeouts, they needed to rely on Sanchez to get them in range. But his task was made much easier, when Antonio Cromartie returned the kickoff to the 47. Sanchez then got into Nick Folk’s range, and went even deeper once Braylon Edwards made a jumping catch on the Colts’ 14.
After seeming to be dead a minute earlier, the Jets-Colts score finally ended at 17-16 New York, once Folk hit his 32-yarder. Indianapolis was off their usual pace much of the year, and despite a four game winning streak, it finally caught up with them.
The defeat capped a day in which last year’s Super Bowl teams were both upset. Still, while no one saw the Saints’ loss in Seattle coming, New York’s victory was less surprising. However, the way they did it was unusual, although it finally looked like vintage Jets football.
While the Jets-Colts score was a rollercoaster, it is nothing compared to the rollercoaster ahead, as the hype begins for New York’s next battle at New England on Sunday.
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