A quiet climax to a very loud week of non-stop jabbering, poking, berating, and then some, mostly by the New Yorkers.
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On Sunday, they proved that they weren't all talk -- trash talk -- after all.
"Maybe everybody else never believed, but we believed," Ryan said. "We're moving on. Same old Jets, back to the AFC championship. The only difference is this time we plan on winning."
In the end, Ryan was true to his exuberant self. He ran down the sideline and celebrated with his players after Greene's 16-yard score with 1:41 left. And, when the game was over, Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards did a backflip.
"We don't care what people say or whether they like us," cornerback Darrelle Revis said. "We just focus on what we need to do to win games."
New York led its fierce rival, 14-3, at halftime before Brady's 2-yard touchdown pass to Alge Crumpler and Sammy Morris' run for a two-point conversion made it 14-11 late in the third quarter. But Sanchez came right back with a 7-yard scoring pass to Santonio Holmes, and New York finished the upset with Greene's touchdown.
Ryan has said many times that the Jets are a Super Bowl-caliber team, and he has irritated fans, opposing players and media with his bold remarks. Last week he called the a contest between him and Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Then, after Antonio Cromartie called Brady an expletive Tuesday, Ryan said he wouldn't punish his cornerback.
The wide receiver was benched for the Patriots' first series for subtle remarks apparently directed at Ryan. Welker made several references to feet in his news conference Thursday, interpreted by some as a dig at recent foot-fetish reports involving Ryan.
"I didn't think anything about it. I'm just waiting for the opportunity to go out and play," Welker said. "I respect the New York Jets. I respect Rex Ryan."
Belichick refused to comment on why Welker missed the first series.
When the game ended, Belichick walked slowly to midfield where he met Ryan, patted his conqueror on the back with his left hand and shared some words.
"We just didn't do enough things well today," Belichick said. "It's obvious."
Even after the game, the verbal shots kept coming.
"I'm not embarrassed. I'm just frustrated," said Deion Branch, who scored the game's last touchdown on a 13-yard pass with 24 seconds remaining. "The embarrassing part came from a few classless (Jets) guys after the game. There were a lot of classless things that went on after the game ended."
"Didn't you see it?" he said. "You've got to go back and watch it. Pretty classless stuff."
Sanchez completed 16 of 25 passes for 194 yards and touchdowns to LaDainian Tomlinson, Edwards and Holmes. Brady, who played poorly for his second straight postseason game, was 29 for 45 for 299 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
"Our expectations this season were very high," Brady said. "Playoff football comes, and really it comes down, to who makes the plays, and we made too many mistakes."
"He's just now getting better and better and better," Ryan said.
"We don't try to look back and try to fight history," receiver Jerricho Cotchery said. "We play in that moment. That's what it was all about today -- making today our day. "
And the trash talk just keeps coming.
In one of their worst halves of the season, the Patriots looked more like the ragged group that went 5-11 in Belichick's first season in 2000 than the steamrolling machine that led the NFL this season with a 14-2 record and 32.4 points per game.
In the first two quarters, Brady absorbed three sacks and was sent scrambling at least that many times. He misfired on an interception on his first series after finishing the season with a league-record streak of 335 passes without a pick.
Plenty of time for Sanchez.
Just one week earlier, Indianapolis had taken a 16-14 lead with 53 seconds left on Adam Vinatieri's 50-yard field goal. But Sanchez brought New York back, connecting with Edwards on an 18-yard gain to the Colts 14, and Nick Folk kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired, sending the Jets to Foxborough.
This time, after runs of 17 and 5 yards by Tomlinson and an incompletion, Sanchez hit Edwards for a 15-yard score and the Jets led, 14-3, at halftime.
Fifty minutes before the game, a pumped-up Brady ran onto the field, jumping and clapping as he headed for the end where a couple of Jets were tossing the ball. It was the closest he would come to their end zone for nearly three quarters.
About 15 minutes after that, Ryan got his first boos when he was shown on the Gillette Stadium video screens hugging Jason Taylor as the linebacker was loosening up.
The fans had little to cheer about early in the game.
Edwards has final say
New England settled for a 34-yard field goal by Shayne Graham and a 3-0 lead one play after Shaun Ellis sacked Brady for the second time on the series.
Sanchez was off-target early, overthrowing three open receivers on his first three possessions. After throwing a low incompletion on the next series, the second-year quarterback with the 4-1 postseason record finally found his range.
He found Jerricho Cotchery for 9 yards, setting up a third-and-6 at the Patriots 45. New England forced him out of the pocket on the next play, but he scrambled away from the pressure and unloaded a 37-yard completion that Edwards caught on the left sideline at the 8. Tomlinson then ran 1 yard before scoring on a 7-yard pass that put the Jets ahead to stay.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press