It was a great game, one of the more memorable ones in recent NFL playoff history: back-and-forth, coaches fighting or going on the field, etc. Wild stuff. As a die-hard Jets fan, my emotions ran the gamut in the 4th Quarter and OT from quiet confidence to dread to planning Eric Barton's funeral to relief to exhausted overwhelming joy.
I was shocked that they actually called the roughing the passer penalty, since it was ultimately inconsequential to the actual Jets defense of the final down (unlike, say, pass interference or defensive holding). But it was the right call...Barton clubbed Brees in the head with a pretty good shot.
Kaeding's FG was no gimme, either. In the rain, 40+ yards, OT, playoffs, rookie - that's a lot to ask for. I feel bad for the guy...perhaps if they set up better (not on the right hash mark) he might have had am easier shot.
Bottom line, all it does is set up Jets/Steelers next week. I'm not too optimistic there, but who knows what can happen when you PLAY to WIN THE GAME!
"Remember, it's not a lie if *you* believe it." - George Costanza
Looks like Brees wants to remain a Charger. But if he's franchised, they'd have to fork over a cool $9 mil for his services. I know he had a great season, but is he worth that? And do you let the heir apparent, Phillip Rivers, ride the bench for another year?
The Chargers are a playoff team with 2 1st round picks in the upcoming draft and, I believe, plenty of cap space. What a nice situation to be in.
The former Arkansas QB is really turning some heads with his play to be a WR. A 4.37 40 time?!?!?!? The guy could be one of the biggest steals in the draft. http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfl/draft05/columns/story?columnist=mortensen_chris&id=2025109