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Many Americans watched Jets-Colts

Back in my NFC comfort zone at the Linc after three weeks on the junior circuit following the Jets.

Said hello to Joe Buck, ate a soft pretzel, observed Rock work his Twitter magic. (@TomRock_Newsday).

But I suppose as I await Mr. Vick's arrival I should say something about the Jets-Colts game.

In TV terms, I would say this: I thought NBC's Cris Collinsworth did an excellent job throughout, breaking down what the Jets were doing in real time in ways that matched nearly perfectly what the Jets themselves explained after the game.

Ratings? Very good, as usual for the NFL these days.

The game averaged 20.8 percent of homes in 56 major markets, the highest such rating ever for a prime time wild-card game and the highest ever for a Saturday wild-card game.

Indy was the top market by far with a 48.0 rating. New York finished 20th at 21.9.

As Rock pointed out, among the New York households not watching the Jets was the one occupied by Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, who took in "Lombardi" on Broadway Saturday night.

Rex was right: Brady doesn't study as hard as Peyton does! 

BTW, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call the Jets-Patriots and Jets-Steelers games. Fox's Buck and Troy Aikman will work the Jets-Falcons game at Cowboys Stadium.

On an unrelated football note, I was pleased to see Ed Sabol make the list of Hall of Fame finalists and displeased to see George Young and Ray Guy not.

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