Saturday, January 9, 2010
COWBOYS, JETS ROLL INTO SECOND ROUND OF NFL PLAYOFFS
Buddy Ryan he isn't, but the bombastic Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan is Buddy's son and stated that his Jets' team should be the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
On Saturday, the New York Jets pretty much had their way against the host Cincinnati Bengals and rolled past them to a 24-14 win and a spot in the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs next weekend.
Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez was efficient for the Jets in the win, going 12 of 15 passing with 182 yards and a touchdown pass.
The Jets defense dominated the Bengals, even though they gave up near 200 yards rushing to Cincinnati. Bengals running back Cedric Benson has a big game with 169 yards on 21 carries and scored a 47-yard TD to pull Cincy to within 21-14 early in the final quarter.
However, the Jets countered with a big running game as Shonn Greene rushed for 135 yards on 21 carries, including a 39-yard touchdown scamper to tie the game 7-7. The Bengals had scored first on Carson Palmer's 11-yard TD pass to Laverneus Coles.
Sanchez hit Tight End Dustin Keller on a 45-yard scoring pass to put the Jets up for good at 14-7 in the second quarter.
Thomas Jones scored on a 9-yard run to make it 21-7 for the Jets in the third quarter and that was pretty much it for the Bengals. Benson's scoring run gave them some hope, but two missed field goals by the usually reliable Shayne Graham really hurt. Jets' kicker Jay Feely put the game away with 5:17 remaining in regulation with a 20-yard field goal.
The Jets will play either at Indianapolis (with Peyton Manning & company playing the ENTIRE game this time) if New England wins Sunday OR they will travel to San Diego to face the Chargers if Baltimore wins on Sunday.
DOOMSDAY 'D' IS BACK...
The Dallas Cowboys dismantled the Philadelphia Eagles 34-14 on Saturday night in Big D to advance to the Divisional Round of the NFC Playoffs. It was the Cowboys' first playoff win since 1996 when they were still coached by Barry Switzer and led by Troy Aikman at quarterback.
Cowboys' QB Tony Romo led the way on offense with 244 yards passing (23 for 35) and two touchdowns while the Dallas defense continued to dominate the opposition to make life easier for Romo & company.
Romo had two TD passes and Cowboys' running back Felix Jones had 148 yards on 16 carries and scored on a 73-yard run to put the game away 34-7 late in the third quarter.
Donovan McNabb had a miserable time of things as the Dallas defense harassed the Eagles' signal caller all night long. For the game, the Eagles managed just 56 yards rushing.
After Dallas took a 7-0 lead, Michael Vick hit rookie wideout Jeremy Maclin on a 76-yard scoring pass to pull even at 7-7. After that, it was ALL Dallas.
Tashard Choice scored on a nine-yard rushing touchdown to put the 'Pokes up for good at 14-7 as well and now they will travel to Minnesota and a second round game against the Vikings next weekend.
As for the Eagles, they have officially crashed and burned for the 2009 season after soaring so high most of the season.