New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis had admitted what seemed obvious watching the New York Jets fall behind 24-0 in the first half of the AFC Championship Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. After defeating the New England Patriots in the divisional round the Jets suffered an emotional letdown.â†µ
"You can say that," Darrelle Revis told NFL Network. "On people’s body language, you could kind of see guys just relax. Guys were just relaxed and didn’t really know what was at stake. I think that’s why we came out so flat. And we didn’t finish strong."
Revis called for "more leadership and more consistency" for the Jets to get over the hump that is the AFC Championship Game.
On the surface it seems unbelievable that the Jets, or any team, could be flat for a game that could put them into the Super Bowl. Especially one that has offered so much 'Super Bowl or bust' bluster.â†µ
When you think about it, though, it isn't surprising. For the Jets, it really is all about the Patriots. That's the biggest rivalry, and New England has been considered the biggest obstacle in the way of the championship the Jets have talked about for two years. In reality, the divisional game against the Patriots was the Jets' Super Bowl. No surprise then, especially playing on the road, that the Jets could not summon the same emotional energy against the Steelers.â†µ