For the first time in three years, the New York Jets failed to make the playoffs after what was expected to be their best season in recent history.
With an emotional victory over the Dallas Cowboys to kick off the season and a rout against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2; it seemed the Jets had completely forgot about what happened in Pittsburgh in January 2011 and were picking up where they left off against the Patriots in the divisional round.
After a crucial injury to their offensive line and some clubhouse turmoil, things did not look good for the Jets who ran the risk of entering their bye week already out of playoff contention. As usual, they rebounded but failed to keep up their quality performance down the stretch, ultimately culminating in an 8-8 record and finishing the season early.
Even though the Jets failed to complete their ultimate goal of winning their second Super Bowl in franchise history this season, it does not mean that 2012 will have the same result. In fact, it's quite possible that the Jets will see themselves back in the postseason in January of 2013.
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