For the second consecutive year, the New York Jets are a wild-card playoff team. And "wild" would be an apt description for their whirlwind season.
Outside of Minnesota, no team has had a more interesting 2010:
That's not even counting what happened on the field. They've played in some of the most exciting games of the year, with nail-biting finishes in almost every victory and defeat.
In wins over Miami, Minnesota, Denver, Detroit, Cleveland, Houston and Pittsburgh, the Jets either scored late to win or made a defensive stop to preserve a one-score lead.
In losses to Baltimore, Green Bay, Miami and Chicago, the Jets had opportunities to win in the fourth quarter.
Yes, granted, it was only one game. Only 60 minutes of football, that could easily be learned from and forgotten. But it was a 45-3 embarrassment, against a fierce division rival, on national television.
It was a game that has lingered in the memory of NFL fans, and is the biggest reason why no one is picking the Jets to make any noise in January.
With a running game that averages more than 4 yards per carry, but produces few explosive plays, the Jets need chunks of yards from their passing game. This 38-yard strike on second-and-8 was a simple play design and easy read for Sanchez. The execution was flawless and the play led to a field goal.
Play No. 3: Sanchez's 16-yard completion to Edwards on third-and-9.
At its best, the Jets' offense runs the ball for 3, 4 and 5 yards a pop and converts on third-and-short. The Jets are a drive-sustaining team that doesn't make many big plays. But against a great defense, sometimes third-and-long situations are unavoidable. Those are the situations, in the playoffs, where championship quarterbacks and offenses separate themselves.
On this play, Sanchez avoided a free blitzer and threaded a pass to Edwards, who was in tight coverage. The conversion led to the winning field goal.
All I'm saying is don't dismiss them. They have a knack for keeping things interesting, never boring you, and always living on the wild side.