Grading Out Jets/Colts

Quarterback (C+) - This wasn't Mark Sanchez's best overall effort. He missed Dustin Keller for a sure touchdown right before the end of the first half, threw a brutal interception a few passes later, and missed Braylon Edwards down the field late in game. However, he settled down in the second half for the most part and more importantly hit three straight passes on the Jets final drive to set up the game winning field goal. He has now won three playoff games in his first two years.

Running Back (A) - LaDainian Tomlinson looked like his early season self with 99 total offensive yards and 2 touchdowns. The Jets will need him to keep it up if they want a shot at New England. Shonn Greene looked strong as well with 70 yards on 19 carries.

Wide Receivers (A-) - Outside a bad drop by Santonio Holmes late in the game, the Jets receivers made all the plays they were given a chance to. Braylon Edwards continued his great season with a clutch catch late to set up the game winning field goal, as he continues to make a strong case to be re-signed next year.

Tight Ends (A) - A strong game of blocking for both Dustin Keller and Ben Hartsock. Keller added 3 receptions for 42 yards and Hartsock actually pulled in his first catch of the year for 5 yards.

Offensive Line (A) - They took over the game in the second half and kept Mark Sanchez clean all day. We always hear about all the Pro-Bowl caliber players on the Jets offensive line and they played to that level last night.

Defensive Line (C+) - They did a pretty good job against the run but generated absolutely no pass rush. Mike DeVito led the way with 6 tackles. Sione Pouha added 4 tackles and Trevor Pryce returned from injury to have 3 tackles.

Linebackers (B-) - No pass rush but they made some timely tackles in space, including a big one by Bart Scott late. David Harris had 9 tackles and a TFL. Calvin Pace recorded a sack. Jason Taylor was quiet.

Secondary (B) - Darrelle Revis showed why he was worth every cent this off-season. Brodney Pool had a great game and finished with 7 tackles and a TFL. Antonio Cromartie was torched up and down the field, which isn't a good sign for next week. Eric Smith led the team in tackles with 10 and 2 passes defensed.

Special Teams (A) - Nick Folk avoided becoming Doug Brien. Cromartie had a huge, huge kick return to set up the game winning field goal. The coverage units were all solid.

Coaching (A) - I wasn't crazy about some of Brian Schottenheimer's timing of the Wildcat, including on one of the Jets final drive...keep Sanchez on the field in that situation. Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine had a great game plan on defense and were smart enough not to be stubborn with their blitz packages.

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