We are back, and it is time to continue the countdown. Specifically, we are counting down my five biggest disappointments since I have been a Jets fan. That means we are pulling games from as far back as 1985 to add to this list.
So far, number five was the final game of the 1997 season, and number four was the infamous “Fake Spike” game. Now, I present to you, number three:
NUMBER THREE: AFC TITLE GAME: NEW YORK JETS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
It was such an interesting year, 2009, wasn’t it? Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez came on the scene with a bang. They beat the Patriots in their first outing against them. Then the season turned around, to the point where coach Ryan told the world that we were out of the playoffs. The Jets fought their way in, and then wins against the Bengals and the Chargers set up the AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts.
And for the first half, the Super Bowl dreams continued. After touchdown passes from Sanchez to Braylon Edwards and Dustin Keller, the offense was looking good, and the Jets were on top at halftime by a score of 17-13.
But, here is the reason why this game doesn’t rank higher than number three. Peyton Manning hit Austin Collie with a 16 yard touchdown pass with less than a minute remaining in the first half. You could see as the first half ended, although Manning had some difficulty early, he was starting to figure out the Jets’ defense as the half ended. I remember telling my father, with whom I was watching the game, that we were in trouble.
So in truth, unfortunately, it wasn’t that surprising in this fan’s opinion that the Jets lost. Peyton and company put up 17 unanswered points in the second half to propel the Colts to the Super Bowl, and the Jets to a plane back to New Jersey.
So what do you all think about that choice?