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Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets celebrates after catching a pass during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

AFC Divisional: Jets 28, Patriots 21

Mark Sanchez threw three touchdown passes to lead the Jets to the AFC Championship game.

Santonio Holmes celebrates after the Jets defeated the
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Santonio Holmes celebrates after the Jets defeated the Patriots. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Jets' Jerricho Cotchery, left, Braylon Edwards, and Santonio
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Jets' Jerricho Cotchery, left, Braylon Edwards, and Santonio Holmes celebrate their victory over the New England Patriots in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Mark Sanchez celebrates on the field after the
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Mark Sanchez celebrates on the field after the Jets defeated the Patriots. (Jan. 16, 2011)

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Braylon Edwards celebrates after the Jets defeated the
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Braylon Edwards celebrates after the Jets defeated the Patriots 28-21. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Bart Scott celebrates the Jets win over the
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Bart Scott celebrates the Jets win over the Patriots with fans in the stands at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Bart Scott celebrates the Jets win over the
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Bart Scott celebrates the Jets win over the Patriots with fans in the stands at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Mark Sanchez and Jason Taylor celebrate the Jets'
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Mark Sanchez and Jason Taylor celebrate the Jets' 28-21 win over New England. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Fireman Ed celebrates the Jets win over the
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Fireman Ed celebrates the Jets win over the Patriots in New England. (Jan. 16, 2011)

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Fireman Ed scuffles with someone at the game.
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Fireman Ed scuffles with someone at the game. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Jets fans celebrate the Jets win over the
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Jets fans celebrate the Jets win over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick leaves the
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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick leaves the field after the Patriots' 28-21 loss to the New York Jets. (Jan. 16, 2011)

New York Jets defensive tackle Sione Pouha celebrates
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New York Jets defensive tackle Sione Pouha celebrates after the Jets' 28-21 win over the New England Patriots in an NFL divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass. (Jan. 16, 2011)

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis celebrates his
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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis celebrates his team's 28-21 win over the New England Patriots in an NFL divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass. (Jan. 16, 2011)

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New England Patriots defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick (71),
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New England Patriots defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick (71), linebacker Jerod Mayo (51), and cornerback Devin McCourty (32) walk off the field after an NFL divisional playoff football game against the New York Jets. (Jan. 16, 2011)

New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie celebrates his
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New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie celebrates his team's 28-21 win over the New England Patriots in an NFL divisional playoff football game. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Shonn Greene heads up field on his way
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Shonn Greene heads up field on his way to a fourth-quarter touchdown run against the Patriots. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Mark Sanchez, Braylon Edwards and other members of
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Mark Sanchez, Braylon Edwards and other members of the Jets celebrate a touchdown against the Patriots. (Jan. 16, 2011)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts during
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the New York Jets in Foxborough, Mass. (Jan. 16, 2011)

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Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets
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Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots with Braylon Edwards #17 during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets
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Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots with Braylon Edwards #17 during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets
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Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots with Braylon Edwards #17 during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets
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Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets
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Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots with LaDainian Tomlinson #21, Matt Slauson #68 and D'Brickashaw Ferguson #60 of the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

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The Jets' Santonio Holmes celebrates his fourth quarter
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The Jets' Santonio Holmes celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots
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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks off the field during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

The New York Jets huddle around Mark Sanchez
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The New York Jets huddle around Mark Sanchez #6 during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

=Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots
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=Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looses the ball as he is sacked by Calvin Pace #97 of the New York Jets in the third quarter of their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

New York Jets safety Eric Smith (33) and
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New York Jets safety Eric Smith (33) and linebacker David Harris (52) tackle New England Patriots' BenJarvus Green-Ellis during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass. (Jan. 16, 2011)

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Tom Brady #12 of the New England
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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots drops back with BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 of the New England Patriots against the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass against the New York Jets during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass. (Jan. 16, 2011)

New York Jets Nick Folk after missing a
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New York Jets Nick Folk after missing a field goal against the New England Patriots in the first quarter. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Braylon Edwards #17 celebrates with Dustin Keller #81
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Braylon Edwards #17 celebrates with Dustin Keller #81 of the New York Jets after Edwards scored a second quarter touchdown during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Braylon Edwards #17 celebrates with Dustin Keller #81
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Braylon Edwards #17 celebrates with Dustin Keller #81 of the New York Jets after Edwards scored a second quarter touchdown during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots
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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets
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Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets scores a second quarter touchdown as Devin McCourty #32 and Brandon Meriweather #31 of the New England Patriots attempt to tackle during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets
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Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets celebrates after catching a pass in the second quarter during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Brodney Pool #22 of the New York Jets
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Brodney Pool #22 of the New York Jets talks to trainers after being injured during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Tom Brady #12 and Wes Welker #83 of
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Tom Brady #12 and Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots look on during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

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LaDainian Tomlinson said he's thinking about retiring. (Jan.
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LaDainian Tomlinson said he's thinking about retiring. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots
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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

New York Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery runs
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New York Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery runs from a tackle attempt by New England Patriots safety Sergio Brown, rear, during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Tom Brady #12 of the New England
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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is sacked by Drew Coleman #30 of the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots
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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is sacked by Drew Coleman #30 of the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots
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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gets up after being sacked by Drew Coleman #30 of the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets
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Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets celebrates after catching a pass during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17)
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New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17) is tackled by New England Patriots cornerback Darius Butler (28) after a catch during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Foxborough. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets
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Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets celebrates a second quarter touchdown during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets
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Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets catches a pass over Darius Butler #28 of the New England Patriots during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

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Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York
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Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets catches a pass over Darius Butler #28 of the New England Patriots during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Jan. 16, 2011)

New York Jets cornerback Drew Coleman (30) sacks
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New York Jets cornerback Drew Coleman (30) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first half. (Jan. 16, 2011)

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