The good news for Jets fans is that against all odds all Gang Green needs to do is win Sunday and it is in the playoffs - plus the Jets get to close out Giants Stadium in style, unlike the team with its name on the side of the building.

The bad news is as a reward people with tickets to the game get to sit in the cold and dark until around midnight on the first school/work night of 2010, thanks to the NFL's flex scheduling system.

A similar thing befell people who attended the final game at Yankee Stadium in 2008, but at least it was warm then.

Rex Ryan, my recently crowned New York Sports Media Person of the Year, did a fine job handling postgame questions about the Jets' good fortune.

But he was more emotional and forthcoming when addressing his players in the locker room afterward, as SNY showed in an exclusive video on its postgame show:

"Hey, we did our job," Ryan said. "And we ain't apologizing for ----. We did our job. I hear that Tears for Fears singing in the background: Alive and Kicking. Because that's us, baby."

It's true the Jets have nothing for which to apologize. Life is unfair, and there is nothing wrong with making that work in your favor within legal and ethical boundaries.

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As for the Colts, they have angered the football gods and will pay dearly. If I were a betting man, I'd put the house on the Chargers in the AFC now.

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