Super Bowl XLV Lite was a dud.
The Jets were completely toasted tonight, getting thoroughly outplayed in a humiliating 45-3 defeat at the hands of the Patriots on "Monday Night Football." They did nothing right, looking outclassed in every single facet possible.
There's only one way to put it.
"Not to sugarcoat anything – we got our ass kicked," Braylon Edwards said. "We got our butts whooped in all phases of the ball, offense defense and special teams. So we give them the credit. They came to play today. We got behind early and that was that. We gave up on all phases of the game.
"We took an ‘L,’ it was a big ‘L,’ " Edwards later added. "It was embarrassing for this organization, for us players. Our name will always be mentioned in this game – “Monday Night Football” 45-3 -- we’ll always be a part of that. So we just need to look at it, take onus, don’t put the blame on anybody, everybody look in the mirror and accept blame for your part in it. If you don’t feel like you had blame, what could you have done better and move forward on Wednesday."
Jason Taylor said: "We just lost. We lost to a good football team. They played better then we did, they coached better than we did, they finished better than we did. They beat the hell out of us."
Sione Pouha said: "This humble pie tastes likes a car tire, and it goes down like peanut butter. That’s how it feels. Sunday can’t come soon enough."
In the meantime, expect the Jets to be barbecued by just about everyone.
"We got embarrassed tonight," Edwards said, "and everybody will have something to say about it – fans, media , people who are on the outside looking in, people that watched “Hard Knocks” – everybody will have a comment to make about the Jets and what they thought about tonight and most of them are right.
"But at the same time, it’s just one game. So we are 9-3, which is still a pretty good record and we are looking to be 10-3 at the end of next week against the Dolphins."
Said Bart Scott: "They are not going feel sorry for us and we don’t want anyone to feel sorry for us. We’ll take our medicine and we’ll take whatever comments are written about us and who we are and what we are, we’ve got big shoulders. We’ll take it and we’ll move forward.
"I’m not flinching and I’m sure these guys here aren’t flinching. We’ve still got a lot to play for and this is still a good football team and like I said, hopefully we’ll get an opportunity to see them again."