Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets: The Sweet Irony, Sweeter with a Jets Win

Boris GodzinevskiCorrespondent IIJanuary 18, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts talks with Head Coach Jim Caldwell during the NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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In the history of sport, there have been few moments to present the complete definition of irony in the way the 2010 AFC Championship will showcase.

Here is the review, the Colts throw away a legitimate chance at 16-0 (and eventual 19-0) by resting starters against the Jets in Week 16.

A Jets loss would have eliminated the Green Machine from the 2010 NFL Playoffs.

They won, and captured the fifth seed in the AFC.

Manning avoided extending his heinous 0-3 record after receiving a bye, and beat the Ravens, in a game that had the Ravens penalized numerous times and producing two costly fumbles.

They won 20-3, dry, riding largely on a sound passing game, with a quiet Peyton, but a stiff defense against a mediocre Quarterback.

Now the Colts face the Jets, the team they ultimately allowed into the playoffs, the team they are effectively responsible for being the 5th seed in the AFC at the end of the 2009 regular season.

A Colts loss would echo failure in one of the greatest examples of imprudence in the history of the athletic world, and certainly in the annals of NFL history.

Before the playoffs had even started it was stated by sport analysts nationwide, winning the Super Bowl was the only was to justify giving away perfection, losing in the playoffs before even reaching the Super Bowl to the team you gave playoff life and ended your undefeated streak with, would be the greatest karma biteback I myself can fathom.

Can the Jets do it? The argument going around is how they are like the Ravens, if this is true, then all the Jets have to avoid is fumbling the ball.

Less we forget, it were the Colts, who gave the Jets their one and only Lombardi Trophy, the irony is simply too appealing to ignore, the aroma is indeed so strong, you can almost taste it, can Bill Polian taste it?