The Colts O had too many weapons and the Colts D showed yet again that the finesse, "can't stop the run" label is hopelessly outdated.
With Reggie Wayne slowed to a mere 3 for 55 by Darrelle Revis, Pierre Garçon and Austin Collie combined for 18 receptions (including a AFCCG record 11 from Garçon) for 274 yards with a TD each. The Colts put up the first 350+ yard passing game against the Jets D and racked up a QB rating of 123. They were supplemented by the Colts ground game emerging to pick up 4.6 a carry and...
outgain the Jets vaunted ground game 101 to to 85.
That 85 yards by the Jets came on 27 carries for a pitiful 3.1 average. The Colts paid early for their run focused D giving up TDs on drives built around 45 and 80 yard passes, but even against fronts stacked against the Jets passing game was unable to keep pace with the Colts O once it adjusted to the Jets blitz heavy strategy.
The Colts were not beaten down by the Jets physical run game, the leagues top Pass D was unable to contain them for more than a couple drives to start the game.
Thanks to that refutation of the popular narrative...
The Colts are going to the Superbowl!
AFC Championship Game Ball?
Peyton Manning 26 for 39, 377 yards, 3 TDs (698 votes)
Pierre Garçon 11 for 151, TD (713 votes)
Joseph Addai 16 for 80 rushing (5ypc), 1 for 13 rec, great blitz pickup as always (37 votes)
Larry Coyer, Jets shut out in 2nd half, adjust that! (159 votes)
1607 total votes