Some more thoughts about the game on Blogblitz:
Over the past dozen years, Derek Fisher has taken the hearts of the Los Angeles faithful with his clutch 3-pointers to propel the Lakers to NBA championships. Never has Fisher made a last-second shot to take the lead only to watch his opponent do the same on the other end. The same goes for Derek Jeter, who has had a dozen or so clutch playoff hits in New York, never to see an opponent come back with a late-inning comeback of their own. Until Saturday, when Adam Vinatieri had never seen such an incident either. When Vinatieri sailed his 50-yard kick straight through the uprights with room to spare, the game looked as if would end with another game-winning kick by the best clutch kicker of all-time. Then the Jets stormed back and won the game with their own field goal.
Wayne/Garçon vs. Revis/Cromartie
Prior to Saturday’s game, I analyzed the matchup between each team’s top two receivers and cornerbacks. I expected Wayne to have a better game against Revis than he did and for Garçon to have trouble against Cromartie. However, the exact opposite happened. Revis kept Wayne ashore on his island for the entire game, stepping up to the line of scrimmage on every play and still managing to run stride-for-stride with the receiver in coverage. On the other hand, Garçon did a spectacular job running slant and hitch routes against Cromartie, who may have been the highest-profile cornerback that Garçon ever had to face.
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