When a strategy doesn’t work, a pummeling just might.
A lot of talk going into the AFC Championship game was about how the Jets D was going to manhandle Peyton Manning and the Colts' aerial attack, much like they did Cincinnati and San Diego's offensive-heavy teams.
Admittedly, a lot of that talk came from the desk of Rex Ryan, but the sentiment was still there: New York and the entire whole of Revis Island were about to blast Manning through the Lucas Oil Stadium skylight, leaving nothing but a cartoon-shaped imprint of No. 18 in their wake.
And for the first half, they did just that.
But something happened when Round Two began. After eating linebacker sweat for two straight plays, Manning finally came to the realization that, yes, he is Peyton Manning, and that, yes, pummeling the ball down the Jets’ D was the best way to beat them.
The proof is in the line score. Prior to taking those two sacks, Indy was down 17-6. They then put up 24 unanswered points and sent the best defense in the league back to New York with a horseshoe imprint on their @ss.
The Colts ditched their traditional run game after Joseph Addai fumbled, and the aerial attack never let up. When it was all said and done, Manning had racked up 377 passing yards and three TDs for a QB rating of 123.6.
It’s a game the Colts have played before. In September, they controlled the ball for only 15 minutes against a relentless Miami Dolphins defense...and still won.
Glass Joe would disagree, but the best teams always find a win—even if it means knocking the croissants out of your opponent.