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New York Jets: It's "Tone Time" in the AFC Championship Game

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2011

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 19:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets gestures to the crowd following their win against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 19, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets are the villains of the NFL. This is a team that plays a physical brand of football on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Head coach Rex Ryan has been famous for unleashing a wrath of words about his opponents since the day he was hired as the head coach of the New York Football Jets.

Tomorrow's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers will be similar to a heavyweight fight. The Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets have many similarities on the field. Both teams have a similar brand of football that relies on defense and a balanced offense.

Both teams also have another thing in common as well. The Jets star wide receiver Santonio Holmes was acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers this past off season. The Pittsburgh Steelers became weary of the off the field issues with Santonio Holmes and traded him for a fifth-round draft pick. The trade between the two teams may have been one of the most underrated moves this off-season.

The Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan was very familiar with Santonio Holmes from his days as a defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens. As a Pittsburgh Steeler, Holmes punished Ryan's Ravens on several occasions. Ryan pushed the traded, because of the on the field impact that Holmes possess. Santonio Holmes is known as a clutch performer. The game winning catch in Super Bowl XLIII is one of many moments where Holmes displayed his clutch performance. This season alone Holmes made several key plays that led to several New York Jets victories.

Last week against the Patriots, Holmes hauled in an acrobatic catch that put a dagger in the New England Patriots' heart. The Jets players often call crucial moments of the game "Tone Time," because they know number 10 will live for the moment.

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There is no stage too big for Holmes. The AFC Championship will be a great game between two heavyweights. The Steelers should be aware of their surroundings, because Santonio Holmes is looking for revenge

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