The Three Best Words

Posted: December 28, 2015 in Uncategorized
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The New York Jets continued the magical ride of the last five weeks and found a way to beat the New England Patriots at home, in overtime by a final score of 26-20. Yes, this was a depleted Patriots team, that trailed the Jets by 7 late. And to his credit as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, somehow someway Tom Brady figured out a way to get down the field and tie the game late and force the Jets into a 20-20 overtime deadlock.

The coin toss to start overtime is where the game took its most interesting turn. In a miscommunication with the official, the Patriots won the toss but elected to kick off. After the game, Bill Belichick defended the move and claimed it was what the Patriots wanted to do, but it looks like this was just to defend his player from the scrutiny. The end result is the Jets taking the ball first and going the length of the field for the touchdown to Eric Decker to win the game. And the games that this franchise has found ways to lose forever continue to go their way.

But any real Jet fan was spending their Sunday watching three games at once. The Jets game, the Chiefs game and the Steelers game. A dramatic win against the Patriots was not going to be enough. As the Browns mounted a late rally, and the Ravens desperately tried to cling to a 3 point lead, the Jets were driving in overtime. And it was Johnny Football and the Browns running out of clock, but it was the Ravens defense, believe it or not, stopping the red-hot Steelers offense on a fourth and 15. And the Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-17 in stunning fashion in Baltimore.

And when Eric Decker caught the ball every Jets coach, player and fan knew. They knew that with a little bit of help and five straight weeks of fighting they had set up everything you can ask for in sports. They had set up what every Jet fan was trying to figure out how to make possible five weeks ago. They had set up a date with their former head coach who now is the mortal enemy and the only thing standing in their way. They had set up the three best words you can say as a team. They had set up, Win And In.

– Rob DiToma

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