The game blog will be updated at the end of every quarter. This will also serve as your "game thread" for any chit chat.
The first quarter ends without either team scoring, but the Colts are staring at at 25 yard field goal. Early on, the Colts offensive line struggled mightily, allowing two sacks and a false start penalty. The Colts first drive was cut short thanks in part to a missed pass interference call on a throw to Robinson. Manning hit Pierre Garcon for two huge plays, however, and the Colts hope to get points on a drive that started at the 10. The defense was stout, allowing a tough third down conversion when Mathis almost striped Sanchez. The Jets drove into field goal range, but their attempt sailed wide. It would have been nice to get a touch down on this last drive, but the Colts are in good position. The D looks fast, and Manning might be on the verge of figuring out the Jets D. So far, so good.
The second quarter was borderline disastrous for the Colts, especially the defense. The Jets hit a pair of huge plays deep down field, as the Colts D has been radically out schemed in this game. The two big plays combined with a total meltdown by the line which led to an Addai fumble have helped the Jets to 17 points. On offense, the Colts moved the ball effectively, but were killed by a blown line coverage that resulted in Addai getting killed just as he took a hand-off. With the team trailing 17-6, Manning hit Collie on three straight balls to go for 80 yards and draw the Colts to within 17-13. Manning has been incredible, posting 218 yards and a rating of 122.0. Honestly, the issue is all on the defense. I didn't think the Jets were capable of getting to 17 points, let alone in the first half. The D has to step up large in the second if the Colts want to go to the Super Bowl.
Good quarter for the Colts. Despite the fact that Mark Sanchez is playing the most incredible game of his life, the Colts managed to take the lead back thanks to a "I'm taking over this game" drive by Manning. 18 hit Garcon for a TD for a 20-17 lead that still stands. Collie and Garcon have both gone over 100 yards receiving. The defense is holding its own now, especially against the run. Sanchez continues to make every throw, and you have to wonder if he's really taken the leap, or if he's about to make a big mistake. 15 minutes to Miami. It's anyone's game.
WE'RE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!
PEYTON MANNING PLAYS THE GAME OF HIS LIFE!