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Holmes to see familiar face

Bob Glauber writes that, despite his character issues,

Bob Glauber writes that, despite his character issues, Santonio Holmes can help the Jets win their first Super Bowl since 1969. Credit: AP

When the Jets face the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday, wide receiver Santonio Holmes will see a familiar face in the Philadelphia secondary: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. 

The last time they faced each other was in Super Bowl XLIII, and Holmes clearly had the advantage. He led Pittsburgh to a dramatic victory over Rodgers-Cromartie and the Cardinals, and won Super Bowl MVP honors in the process. He caught the game-winning six-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger with 35 seconds left in regulation, and wound up with nine catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. On the game-winning drive, Holmes had four catches for 73 yards and the game-winning score. 

"He was matched up on me the whole game in the Super Bowl," Holmes said today. "Everything that was done in the Super Bowl was against him."

But Holmes isn't likely to see much of Rodgers-Cromartie on Sunday. The cornerback usually lines up on the slot, meaning Holmes is more likely to be covered by either Asante Samuel or Nnamdi Asomugha. 

"It's going to be fun," Holmes said. "This is where receivers really have to play some football. They've got a smart corner in Samuel who will jump routes and play free and have fun, and one who likes to get up in your face and press in Asomugha."

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