Tim Tebow does not think of himself as a backup quarterback.
No, the newest member of the New York Jets said at a Monday press conference that he is a football player first and that he will do whatever is necessary to help his new team, whether that involves running the wildcat package or taking over for Mark Sanchez if the incumbent starter struggles.
“Everybody that puts on a uniform wants to go out and play,” Tebow said before a throng of media members at the Jets’ headquarters in New Jersey. “Whatever my role is, I’m going to try to expand it. Whatever I can do… I’m going to help this team in any way possible.”
…………….how long until Chris is doing the Tebow?
Poor Chris, those Super dreams are all but gone, but at least he is not a Eagles fan
Life is tough when you’re a Jets fan. That’s all I’m gonna say about last night’s game.
How can Rex Ryan and Co. get to the Super Bowl now? Buy a ticket!
Last week Eli and the Giants creamed the Pats; this week the Pats whacked the Jets, and the 49ers showed Eli who’s boss. Hey, maybe the Niners will give Green Bay a run for their money…
Hey Chrism I can empathize, my Gators are rebuilding, it sucks!
Yeah, this publicity whore is JUST LIKE THAT!
CSM – Donald Trump’s decision to drop out of the 2012 presidential race may be as ephemeral as NFL quarterback Brett Favre’s decision to throw in the towel in 2008.
Like Mr. Favre, who was back on the gridiron playing for a different team just months after his teary farewell from football three years ago, Mr. Trump also appears to be considering suiting up to get back in the game – only this time as an independent.
“It was not an easy decision for me [to drop out of the Republican primary race in May], but I think that it will be an easy decision [to return to the campaign] if the Republicans choose the wrong candidate and if the economy is bad. I think it will be a really easy decision for me to make,”
The Pittsburgh Steelers silenced the tough-talking New York Jets with a 24-19 victory in the AFC championship game Sunday, setting up a Super Bowl showdown with the Green Bay Packers.
While the Steelers and their fans celebrated a third trip to the Super Bowl in six years, the Jets were left crushed after seeing their season end with a defeat in the AFC title game for the second consecutive year.
“We knew we were going to have a chance to run the ball well,” said Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who had 121 yards on 27 carries. “The offense, they controlled the line of scrimmage all game and we got a lot of movement and we were able to get up on them early.”
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 10 of 19 for 133 yards and ran for one touchdown as he improved his playoff record to 10-2.
The agonizing defeat ended a spectacular playoff run by the brash Jets, who travelled a treacherous path to reach the AFC Championship by recording road wins over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
The Steelers will now travel to Dallas for a February 6 meeting with the Packers, who booked their Super Bowl ticket earlier on Sunday with a 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears in the NFC title game.
The buildup to the AFC championship was strangely subdued, almost respectful, compared to the trash-talking and chest-thumping the Jets had engaged in ahead of their clashes with the Colts and Patriots.
The respect was well deserved as the Steelers scored on their first possession and never trailed after Roethlisberger engineered a time-crunching, nine-minute, 15-play scoring drive capped by Mendenhall diving over from the one.
In the second quarter, Shaun Suisham added a 20-yard field goal and on the next possession Roethlisberger scampered over from two-yards out to cap another clinical 66-yard drive to jump in front 17-0.
The Steelers top-ranked defense also got in on the action when Ike Taylor stripped New York quarterback Mark Sanchez of the ball and William Gay scooped up the loose ball and returned it 19 yards for another score.
With 14 seconds left in the half, Nick Folk finally put New York on the scoreboard with a 42-yard field goal.
The Jets then flew out of the half, Sanchez hooking up with Santonio Holmes for a 45-yard touchdown to trim the Pittsburgh advantage to 24-10.
Suddenly, a game that had threatened to become a rout was transformed into a nail-biter as the Jets took command in the second half.
The Jets put a scare into the crowd of 66,662 – the biggest to ever to attend a Steelers game – when they worked the ball down to the Pittsburgh one early in the fourth quarter.
The Steelers defense denied the Jets a touchdown but New York would not come away empty-handed, sacking Roethlisberger for a safety after Pittsburgh had regained possession.
There was more drama as the Jets rally continued, Sanchez hitting Jerricho Cotchery with a four-yard touchdown strike to trim the Steelers lead to 24-19 but the Steelers dug in and were able to run out the clock to clinch a nervous victory.
“We finished short again but I believe in our football team and I’ve got news for you, our expectations (next season) will be exactly the same and they should be,” said Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
“We knew we’d come back. Everybody’s doubted us all year but we thought we could win the game. I said that going in halftime that we’d come back and we’d have opportunities to win it and we just came up short.”
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The Jets talked all week leading up to their playoff game in New England. Sunday, they made one of the biggest statements in franchise history.
After a week filled with trash talk and personal insults, the Jets stunned the No. 1 seed Patriots in a 28-21 divisional playoff victory that pushed them to a second consecutive straight AFC Championship Game.
Rex Ryan, who said on Monday this game was a matter of him vs. Bill Belichick, outcoached Bill Belichick with a defensive game plan that stymied Tom Brady. He celebrated the biggest victory of his two years with the Jets by running into the end zone after Shonn Green’s 16-yard TD capped the scoring and the upset.
But it was the defense that made the win possible.
The sixth-seeded Jets sacked New England’s Superman five times and picked him off to help set up next week’s road showdown against the Steelers. The Jets defeated the Steelers on the road in Week 15.
Mark Sanchez (16-for-25; 194 yards) threw three touchdowns and outplayed Brady, the likely league MVP.
After sleepwalking through much of the third quarter, the Patriots came alive late in the frame to cut into a 14-3 halftime deficit. Brady engineered an 8-play, 80-drive capped by Alge Crumpler’s 2-yard touchdown with 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The Patriots’ decision to go for the 2-point conversion paid off when Sammy Morris took a direct snap into the end zone to get the home team to within 14-11.
But the Jets answered with a quick – and incredible – touchdown drive to gain back the momentum.
Sanchez hit Jerricho Cotchery for a 58-yard strike before he threw a 7-yard TD pass to Santonio Holmes to push the Jets lead to 21-11 two minutes into the fourth quarter.
Holmes, with a catch that ranks right up there with his Super Bowl winning catch two years ago, made a spectacular diving grab over Kyle Arrington and got his knee and foot in bounds.
Sanchez overcame a sluggish start with a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes to LaDainian Tomlinson and Braylon Edwards to help the Jets hold a 14-3 halftime lead. Ryan’s defense confused Brady with a blend of blitzes and coverage. In the first half, the Jets sacked Brady three times, picked him off and held the Patriots to 2-of-7 on third downs (29 percent) to take a double-digit lead.
In a surprising move, Belichick benched Wes Welker at the start of the game for his subtle jabs at Ryan earlier in the week.
The Patriots marched down to the Jets 28 on their first drive before Brady was intercepted for the first time in 12 games. Brady had thrown 339 passes without a pick before David Harris caught the overthrown pass intended for BenJarvus Green-Ellis. It was only Brady’s fifth interception of the season – and the 11th turnover by the Patriots.
Alge Crumpler chased down Harris and saved a touchdown on the play. The Jets took over at the Patriots 12, but lost eight yards on the first two plays from scrimmage. Gang Green squandered a golden scoring opportunity when Nick Folk missed a 30-yard field goal to keep the game scoreless.
The Patriots marched down the field again on the ensuing drive. Brady’s 28-yard completion to Crumpler helped New England get inside the Jets 10. But Crumpler dropped a perfectly thrown pass in the endzone before the Patriots settled for Shayne Graham’s 30-yard field goal late in the first quarter to take a 3-0 lead.
The Jets trailed only by a field goal after the first quarter despite getting outgained 104-36 and only having two first downs.
Ryan’s defense confused Brady early with three sacks three minutes into the second quarter. Shaun Elllis had a pair of sacks and Drew Coleman, playing with a sore knee, came free on a corner blitz for a sack.
Sanchez completed 3 of 4 passes on the Jets’ first scoring drive, including a 7-yard touchdown to Tomlinson to give the Jets a 7-3 edge less than five minutes into the second quarter. Sanchez kept the drive alive by escaping pressure on 3rd and 6 and finding Edwards for 37 yards.
The Jets took advantage of a critical Patriots’ miscue late in the first half to extend their lead.
On 4th and 4 from the Patriots 38, Patrick Chung dropped a direct snap on a fake punt attempt that gave the Jets great field position at the New England 37 with just over a minute to go before halftime. Tomlinson ripped off runs of 16 and 6 before Sanchez found Edwards on a quick slant for a 15-yard touchdown to give the Jets a 14-3 lead with 33 seconds left before intermission. Edwards spun away from Pro Bowler Devin McCourty and also took safety Brandon Meriweather into the endzone to give the Jets a double-digit lead.
1. Super Bowl XLIII – Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23
Notes: Most important aspects of this game.
* Steelers’ record-breaking, sixth Super Bowl win.
* Cardinals’ first championship game appearance since 1947.
* Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner’s pass-completion percentages of 70 and 72 respectively.
* Linebacker James Harrison’s record-breaking, 100-yard interception return for a touchdown as time expired at the half.
* Larry Fitzgerald’s dramatic, 64-yard, catch-and-run touchdown to give the Cardinals their first lead of the game with only 2:37 left in the 4th quarter.
* Steelers’ eight-play, 78-yard drive, culminating in the most remarkable, game-winning, tightrope catch in Super Bowl history by Santonio Holmes.
2. Super Bowl XLII – New York Giants 17, New England 14
3. Super Bowl XXXVIII – New England 32, Carolina 29
4. Super Bowl XXXII – Denver 31, Green Bay 24
5. Super Bowl XIII – Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31
6. Super Bowl XXIII – San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16
7. Super Bowl XXXVI – New England 20, St. Louis 17
8. Super Bowl XXV – New York Giants 20, Buffalo 19
9. Super Bowl X – Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17
10. Super Bowl XXXIV – St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16
A. Super Bowl III – New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7
B. Superbowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 17
The New York Jets defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 17-16, on a Nick Folk field goal as time expired in their AFC wild card round playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday night.
The Jets advance to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional playoff round on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Folk completed a last-minute Jets’ drive by nailing a 32-yard field goal, igniting the New York celebration and ending a back-and-forth battle.
After the Colts received the ball on the opening kickoff, which happened at 8:15 p.m., neither team was able to move the ball very far against the opposing defenses in the first quarter, punting three times each before the second period.
Finally with 5:25 left in the half, Peyton Manning unleashed a 57-yard strike to a streaking Pierre Garcon, who beat the Jets’ defense to the end zone.
The Jets drove downfield on their final possession of the half, but Mark Sanchez threw the ball away to Justin Tryon at the goal line, and New York went into halftime without scoring.
The Jets took the opening possession in the second half and drove the length of the field for the tying touchdown. Ladainian Tomlinson scored on a 1-yard run.
The Colts responded with a scoring drive of its own as Vinatieri booted a 47-yard field goal to give Indy a 10-7 lead.
The Jets answered with a 17-play, 87-yard drive that lasted 10 minutes, taking a 14-10 lead. Tomlinson scored his second touchdown of the game from a yard out.
Vinatieri kicked his second field goal of the game to cut his team’s deficit to 14-13 with under five minutes remaining.
The Colts received the ball back with 2:36 left on the clock and moved into Jets’ territory at the two-minute warning on a 6-yard Joseph Addai first-down run. Manning completed five straight passes on the drive before tossing an incompletion on third down. Still, Vinatieri nailed a kick from 50-yards to give the Colts the 16-14 advantage.
Antonio Cromartie returned the ensuing kickoff 47 yards back to the Jets’ own 46-yard line, where the Jets starting their drive with less than a minute to play. With 29 seconds left, Sanchez connected with Braylon Edwards, who caught the ball at the Colts’ 14-yard line on the right sideline, setting the stage for Folk’s game-winner.
The Jets entered the game as a wild card entry at 11-5 overall, while the Colts were 10-6 but earned home field advantage by winning the AFC South division.
The game was a rematch of the 2010 AFC Championship game, which the Colts won, 30-17.
Chris at Wyblog ponders the images of Jenn Sterger, and the chances of more intimate details of her bedroom antics, and what role Bret Favre might play.
The NFL has thoroughly examined Jenn Sterger and her allegations of inappropriate sextual advances on the part of Brett Favre. And really, who wouldn’t want to thoroughly examine Jenn Sterger? Ms. Sterger, a former NY Jets game hostess, alleged that the future Hall of Fame quarterback sent her explicit text messages and photos, including a picture of a penis, during and after his tenure with the Jets.
But it wasn’t until Favre left the Jets for Minnesota that Sterger’s story got legs. The league immediately opened an investigation, which finally concluded today.
Brett Favre will be fined $50,000, not for any alleged misconduct, but for failing to “cooperate” with the NFL’s investigation.
Until such a taped appears enjoy these images of Ms. Sterger.
After the game, Coach Alosi was forced to apologize to Carroll. He then made the following public statement:
“I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment. My conduct was inexcusable and unsportsmanlike and does not reflect what this organization stands for. I spoke to Coach Sparano and Nolan Carroll to apologize before they took off. I have also apologized to Woody, Mike and Rex. I accept responsibility for my actions as well as any punishment that follows.”