Phillip Rivers is evidently the greatest thing since Dan Fouts.
Vincent Jackson was going to make Revis look silly.
Tomlinson/Sproles were going to run all over the Jets Defense.
Sanchez wasn't going to throw anything but interceptions all afternoon.
All the things the pundits on ESPN/Fox/Random sports outlets were saying. I was kind of hoping for originality, but I guess when they all watch the same shows, they all form the same opinions right?
Me? I said what I've learned to say since Santa Claus-well got into the picture-"we'll see." And we saw. We saw the Jets hold the Chargers to their lowest point total all season, Rivers held to 1 touchdown and two interceptions. We saw Ladainian Tomlinson held to 24 yards on 12 carries, and Darren Sproles held to 33 yards on 3 carries. We saw Vincent Jackson make some great catches, including one that lead to a touchdown, but be held relatively in check.
Here's what else we saw...
The Jets, while held scoreless in the first half, came out and ran. Then they ran some more, including a 52 yard touchdown run by my new favorite rookie-Shonn Greene, Sanchez connect with Dustin Keller for a touchdown, and Jay Feely actually make his 43 yard FG attempt.
I can't write this without touching on the ineptitude of the kicker, Nate Kaeding, who in addition to making this year's Pro Bowl had missed only three field goal attempts all season. He missed three yesterday, within and outside of 40 yards. He has failed in the playoffs before, missing 40 yard attempt against the Jets in '05, and a 54 yard attempt against the Patriots in '06. A point I brought up during the conversation that was quickly dismissed. Oh well.
The way young Mr. Allard was talking, this game was supposed to end somewhere on the order of 55-10. So yeah, we all know what happened, and I find it very interesting that I haven't gotten a response to any of my offers for a shoulder to cry on. I mean really-I'm just trying to be a pal here. He offered me his right?
And now the Jets are going to the AFC Championship, to play the team that made all of this possible. No matter what happens in that game, this playoff run has turned out to be more than I ever could have asked for considering how the regular season went. So yeah, I see you JJ, and I'll see you again-next year. Jokes.