The Colts vs Jets score was a 29-15 outcome that ended Indianapolis’ perfect year. But the Colts vs Jets score may not have been that heartbreaking for them, judging by how it came to pass. For weeks, everyone asked Jim Caldwell how long starters would play, and when he might take them out. He gave his answer tonight by pulling Peyton Manning in the third quarter, despite being up 15-10. From then on in, the Colts vs Jets score turned for New York, and was the second upset of an unbeaten team at home in two weeks.
Things started out well for Indianapolis, with an early touchdown run by Joseph Addai. But the extra point was blocked, and the Colts were held to a field goal for the rest of the half. Still, they were up 9-3 at halftime, though that changed in an instant when Brad Smith ran the second half kickoff 106 yards for the Jets.
The Colts went back ahead with a quick score, but missed a two point conversion. At that point, Caldwell did what Brad Childress couldn’t do with Brett Favre last week – take his star quarterback out with the lead. When Childress tried to do it, he failed and it triggered days of controversy. But Peyton Manning didn’t argue, and order was maintained – to the cost of a perfect season.
Afterwards, the Colts vs Jets score was dominated by New York, who still had a lot to play for. Colts’ backup quarterback Curtis Painter helped them, by fumbling the ball and letting Marques Douglas recover it for a touchdown. A field goal and a touchdown in the fourth finished it for the Jets, along with a Painter interception.
Two weeks ago, the hype was building for a Super Bowl between two 18-0 teams. Now both of them have provided a big letdown, in different ways. The Saints are now struggling with two straight losses, and the Colts took their foot off the gas.
But they didn’t inspire much passion and devotion outside of Indianapolis – at least not as much as the ’07 Patriots and ’09 Saints had done. So their 16-0 run may not mean as much to NFL fans as it might have a few years ago.
Indianapolis is now clearly focused on January, and not perfection. Perhaps they need to be, since the Chargers are coming on fast to threaten them, and the Patriots are still hovering around. The Jets, on the other hand, just want to get to January, and their win still gives them a smidgen of hope.
Yet the Colts vs Jets score won’t be remembered for how New York won, so much as how Indianapolis lost. Instead of settling the debate over how much they should go for perfection, Caldwell may have made it a bit worse with his decision.
But the controversy may fade quickly, with the playoffs almost here – to the likely relief of Caldwell, Manning and company.
Yahoo Sports- “Jets End Colts’ Pursuit of Perfection, 29-15”
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