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article imageNFL: Jets Shock the Chargers

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By Michael Bearak     Jan 17, 2010 in Sports
Last week it was the Bengals in Cincinnati now the Jets have gone out to San Diego and knocked off the the Chargers to advance to the AFC Championship game.
The Jets have traveled a long road to get to the AFC Championship Game. They won their first three games of the season then went to 4-6 over their next seven games before winning 5 of their next 6 games, beating the Cincinnati Bengals in the last week of the year to earn a trip to Cincinnati to play them a week later. When they were 4-6 the fans were booing rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez and it sounded like everyone, including their own coach had written the playoffs off, all of that just 8 weeks ago.
Now the Jets stand on the brink of going to the Super Bowl for only the second time in team history. Today Mark Sanchez wasn't perfect but his Jets were good enough to beat the Chargers 17-14. Sanchez threw for 100 yards on a 12 for 23 passing day with one touchdown and one interception, his passer rating a mere 60%, less than half what it was a week ago against Cincinnati. Still the Jets were carried by running-back Shonn Greene who had 128 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown.
The Jets spotted San Diego 7 points in the 2nd quarter before running off 17 straight until the Chargers scored on a Philip Rivers touchdown with 2:14 left in the game.
The Jets have won two playoff games for the first time since 1982 and only the second time in team history.
The last hurdle for the Jets will be the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday in Indianapolis at 3pm ET.
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