Some say the Jets can thank the decision of Colts coach Jim Caldwell to rest quarterback Peyton Manning with a 15-10 lead in the third quarter of their meeting three weeks ago with opening the back door to the playoffs for them. With backup Colts QB Curtis Painter in the game, the Jets went on to a 29-15 win that snapped the Colts' regular-season winning streak at 23 games.
But now, the Jets and Colts will get each other's best shot in the AFC title game Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. For the Jets, it's a chance to take care of unfinished business.
"No doubt about it," tackle Damien Woody said on a media conference call this afternoon. "Everybody says, 'Oh, Peyton didn't play the whole game.' It was a competitive game. Now, there are no more excuses. Everyone will have their top guns playing. We embrace this opportunity.
"This is the perfect script for us. We couldn't ask for a better script than to play the Colts…This could be a redemption factor for us. We're psyched."
Sounding a bit like Jets coach Rex Ryan, Woody, in so many words, suggested the Jets not only will beat the Colts to reach the Super Bowl but also will win the whole thing once they get to Miami.
"Everybody says these teams [Indianapolis, Minnesota and New Orleans] are better," Woody said. "But it's all about being better that day. It's not best-of-five. We feel good about our chances. We believe we're going to go all the way and bring this thing back to New York."

While the rest of the world might have been shocked by the Jet's 17-14 upset of the Chargers, the Jets were confident they could do it. Asked if there was any sense of disbelief after they qualified for the AFC title game, defensive end Shaun Ellis said:
"There was no disbelief. We're a very confident bunch. On the flight home, it wasn't, 'We did it.' It was, 'We're one step closer.' Guys were geeked up about going to Indy for the second time in a 'real game.' "