NEW YORK JETS 35
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 9
NEW YORK GIANTS 26
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 3
The Jets game was even more one-sided than the final score would indicate. Indy's rookie phenom Andrew Luck looked every inch a rookie this morning, and not the least bit lucky. Gang Green should actually have posted two more TDs, but two terrific pick sixs by Antonio Cromartie were called back by bogus penalty calls. (It is almost enough to make one want the replacement refs back. Almost). Mark Sanchez only passed for 82 yards, but that was more than enough, since Shonn Greene was rushing for 161 and the New York D was playing lights out. Ground and pound offense and stifling D... that was the formula that got the Jets to two successive AFC championship games. Nice to see it back again. Impressive as Greene's running was, the real hero of this game was Cromartie, who has really stepped up his game since Darrell Revis went down for the season. Gang Green STILL has a shutdown corner, it would seem. I was also thrilled to hear the announcers mention the name "Quinton Coples" several times. Maybe the Jets first round draft choice is not the second coming of Vernon Gholston after all.
The Giants started pretty slowly out in the City By The Bay, sandwiching in a sad little three-and-out between two long Niners drives in the first quarter. But the defense stiffened towards the end of both those drives, so all that San Francisco had to show for them was one field goal. And then Eli and the O woke up, and the rest of the game was Big Blue all the way. The Giants D line harassed Alex Smith relentlessly, sacking him six times and intercepting him thrice. Two of those INTs were by safety Antrell Rolle, the game's defensive standout. And for the second week in a row, New York's running game was fearsome. All the commentators and analysts agreed, no one could run on San Francisco, but Ahmed Bradshaw punched holes through their line time and time again, becoming the first back to run for 100 yards against them in their last upmty-ump (23, I think it might have been) games and scoring the first running TD against them all season. And Giants rookie David Wilson gashed them for several big runs as well. As for the Niners O, the Giant D made QB Alex Smith look like the Alex Smith of two years ago, not this year's Alex Smith. All told, a very impressive, dominating win that left the G-Men atop the NFC East.
And then, just to put some nice fat cherries atop my Sunday sundae, the Cowboys, the Patriots, and the Eagles all lost horribly in the final seconds of their own respective contests. Oh, yes yes yes, the gods are good, the sun is shining over New York City, and all the pretty girls are blowing me kisses...