Thanks to Sunday's emotional 17-14 win over San Diego, the Jets advance to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 1998. The Jets will face Indianapolis in a rematch of sorts at 3 p.m. next Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Much was made of the game's outcome after Colts coach Jim Caldwell chose to sit his four-time MVP quarterback Peyton Manning, and several key starters such as Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark and Joseph Addai in the second half.
Manning exited the game in the third quarter with a 15-10 lead. But that advantage didn't last long.
It was a much-needed win for the Jets, who, after starting 4-6, were in the midst of an unlikely postseason push. That victory, coupled with a win over Cincinnati the following week, earned the Jets their first playoff appearance since 2006.
For one, Manning, who was 14-for-21 for 192 yards in his first matchup of the season against the Jets, won't be ushered to the sideline early.