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Indianapolis Colts VS new York Jets at The Meadowlands October 1, 2006 Colts win 31 to 28

Game 4

 November 24, 2006




















Date: 10/1/2006
Indianapolis Colts At New York Jets
at The Meadowlands

Start Time: 1:02 PM EDT

Game Day Weather
Played Outdoor on Turf: FieldTurf
Temp: 62° F (16.8° C), Humidity: 80%, Wind: W 2 mph
Outdoor Weather: Cloudy


Referee: Gerry Austin (34)
Line Judge: Carl Johnson (101)
Field Judge: Scott Edwards (3) Umpire: Ruben Fowler (71)
Side Judge: Alberto Riveron (57)
Replay Official: James Wilson () Head Linesman: Jerry Bergman (91)
Back Judge: Robert (Bob) Lawing (17)
Video Operator: Eugene Cunningham ()

Right through the very heart of it - 
New York, New York . . .
Owned by The Indianapolis Colts!


The Colts are back in East Rutherford, N.J. for the second time in 22 days.  Their last visit was against The New York GIANTS, defeating them 26 - 21 in the so-called "Manning Bowl" in its season opener, September 10, 2006. Today The Colts defeated the other New York NFL team, The New York JETS 31 -28.

Don't get me wrong, it didn't appear to be easy. You see, I tend to use the colorful "F" word in my daily usage - however through this game I must have used it more today than I do in a month. It was a back and forth battle between both teams with Pennington doing a little bit of some Peyton Manning imitation; no huddles and he actually caught the Colts once before they could even get set on a quick snap.

The Colts were looking outstanding in the start of the first quarter. On Jets 3rd play of the game Mathis sacked Pennington forcing a fumble as it was recovered by Colts Defensive end, Josh Thomas at Jets 26 yard line and four plays later The Colts rack up 7 points from a Dominic Rhodes 6 yard touchdown run. The rest of the first quarter Colts were denying the Jets neither any yardage nor any points for that matter. However the Colts also failed to get any more points on the board in the first. Second quarter however is when the swearing began. The Colts scored once when Peyton began a series with a 41-yard completion to Wayne, converting two third down conversions before Joseph Addai ran it in from two yards out. The Jets accomplished two touchdowns. The second coming right off their following kickoff which was recovered by Jets on an onside kick making it 14 - 14 tied ball game at the end of the second quarter.

Third quarter was nothing but a back and forth, scoreless frustration.

Fourth quarter. Oh my Lord! On the edge of your seat, standing, jumping, nail biting, colts hat flinging and the numerous counting's of the colorful "F" word hell of a quarter which saw five fourth quarter lead changes!

I guess the Jets fans were a bit agitated also as somebody threw a beer bottle out on to the field when Jets cornerback, Justin Miller was flagged for defensive pass interference on Reggie Wayne; moving the Colts up to the Jets 8 yard line.

Colts started the fourth quarter with Gramatica kicking a 20 yard field goal making it Colts 17 Jets 14. subsequently Jets turn around on the next series of the quarter with Kevan Barlow running it in for a touchdown; it's now a score of Jets leading 21 and Colts 17. Next series of the 4th quarter Colts turn around and put up another 7 points on the scoreboard as Manning hits Bryan Fletcher in the endzone for the Colts to take the lead; 24 to Jets 21. Then as Gramatica kicks it off (his best kick all night, into the endzone), Jets kick return, Justin Miller runs it back for 103 yards for a touchdown. I think my neighbors might have heard the colorful words come out of my mouth. The Jets are on top with 28 and Colts 24 with only 2 minutes and 20 seconds left in the game! Peyton with no timeouts at his disposal then took control of the next minute moving 60 yards down the field using 8 plays completing six of eight passes including a 15-yard strike to Reggie Wayne to get The Colts down to the 1 yard line. On 1st and Goal Peyton Manning takes the ball himself and runs through the middle of the Jets defense for a touchdown and following it by ardently spiking the ball.

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AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

Colts are ahead 31 to Jets 28 with only 50 seconds left in the game. Colts kickoff with a squib kick by Gramatica as the ball skips by the whole Jets line and Jets backup kick return, Leon Washington misses the ball and runs back to recover it at the Colts 2 yard line where he was met by Matt Giordano and Rob Morris for the tackle. With 98 yards to go in 50 seconds, Jets begin their series with a reception by Dwight to the 11. Another reception by Cotchery for 14 yards and 19 seconds left on the clock, Jets take their last timeout. A long reception, spike the ball and the Jets could pull off a field goal to tie the game and put it into overtime.

However, I guess the Jets have more faith in their new Coach,  Mangini (more on that in the next paragraph),  as Pennington hits Coles for a 7 yard pass on the sidelines and steps out. Second down and three with 14 seconds left Pennington fires deep to Jerricho Cotchery as it was deflected and fell incomplete. Eight seconds left in the game and Jets are on their own 32 yard line. Too far for a field goal - Jets have one last chance to make a big play and score. Jets snap the ball, Pennington throws a short pass up the middle to Leon Washington for 8 yards and then all hell breaks out as Washington laterals the ball back to WR, Brad Smith to Jets 37 yard line for -3 yards who in return laterals to WR, Laveranues Coles

to the Colts 44 yard line for 19 yards who then laterals it back to Quarterback, Pennington for 7 yards to Colts 37 yard line, whom if I am not mistaken threw a forward pass to WR, Justin McCareins to the Colts 35 for 2 yards who in turn fumbles the ball and is recovered by Jets WR, Brad Smith at the Colts 33 who in turn himself fumbles the ball and again is recovered by a Jets WR, Laveranues Coles at The Colts 40 who ran it 13 yards to the Colts 27 yard line who then laterals it to Center, Nick Mangold who also fumbles the ball as Colts cornerback, Jason David recovers the ball and ends this idiotic charade of "Jets" desperation

AP Photo/Bill Kostroun
 - Game Over - Colts win 31 - 28

Be it known it could have been a game that would have gone into overtime had Jets Coach, Mangini would have gone for a field goal rather than going for it on fourth-and-goal from the 2 in the third quarter.

"You know at that point it was a 16-play drive and that was the plan," said Mangini. "We were going to drive the length of the field and score touchdowns, not field goals. They're an explosive offense and that was our goal and we were committed to that."



1st Quarter

Jets win the toss and elect to receive as Colts elects to defend the East goal.


Colts kicker, Gramatica who is feeling in for Adam Vinatieri kicks 55 yards to Jets 15 as Jets, Chris Baker returns it for 11 yards before being tackled by Colts Freddy Keiaho.

Jets start off their first series by Quarterback, Pennington throwing incomplete on first down, however Mathis was caught offside and 5 yards were enforced.

On Jets second down Kevan Barlow ran for 8 yards making it first and ten.

On Jets next try, things become a bit eleccolttrifying as Pennington is hit from behind by Robert Mathis via a speed rush, Mathis got by Ferguson and recorded a strip-sack of Chad Pennington
Rich Kane 

 as DE, Josh Thomas recovered for the Colts at the Jets' 26 yard line.

Consequently, prior to this play, Robert Mathis switched with Dwight Freeney and lined up over the Jets left tackle rookie, Ferguson.

Jets turn the ball over in less than one minute into the start of the game.

Colts ball . . .

1st and 10, Peyton with a no huddle, throws left and connects a short pass to Ben Utecht for 9 yards. Again with a no huddle, Manning throws this time to the right side of the field and connects with Dominic Rhodes for 6 yards. 1st and 10 as Dominic takes the ball through the left of the Jets defense for 5 more yards. Another no huddle and Dominic busts through the right side of Jets defense and runs it in for 6 yards . . .

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Runningback Dominic Rhodes #33 of the Indianapolis Colts gets past linebacker Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New York Jets to run in six yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of the game on October 1, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Touchdown Colts!

7 - 0

Gramatica kicks it 70 yards to the Jets goal line as Jets kick return, Justin Miller runs it out to their 25 before he is hit by Ryan LaCasse.

With a no huddle on Jets first down, Leon Washington TRIES to get through the right side of the Colts defense. Linebacker Gilbert Gardner not only denied Washington to penetrate the line yet actually tackled him a yard behind the line of scrimmage.

2nd and 11, again a no huddle and this time Kevan Barlow TRIES to go through the left side Colts defense as Gary Brackett stops him on the line of scrimmage for NO GAIN!

3rd and 11, again with a no huddle and shotgun, Pennington fires and connects with wide receiver, Brad Smith for a MINUS 1 yard as Cato June lays him out.

4th and 12 and Jets are forced to punt.

Colts ball . . .

Rhodes runs the ball though the left side for a gain of 8 yards and then again to the left for another 3 moving the chains for a first down. Unfortunately, Peyton was then sacked for a whopping 12 yard loss. 2nd and 22 and again, Dominic runs it through the left side for 7 yards. 3rd and 15 as Peyton threw an incomplete pass to Reggie Wayne. Colts are forced to punt as Hunter Smith puts it in the end zone for a touchback however Justin Snow is penalized for offensive holding which brings the ball out to Jets 30.

Jets Ball as they fail to move a millimeter from the line of scrimmage as Barlow tried to go right with no avail nor to the left on second down where he tried before and again was taken down by Gary Brackett. Oh, I lied, Jets did move from the line of scrimmage, backwards, when Montae Reagor sacked Pennington for a loss of 5 yards and Jets are forced to punt.

Colts ball . . .

So the Colts seen what Dominic can do now they decided to see what rookie running back, Addai can do with this Jets defense. I was overwhelmed as Addai first runs it to the right for 8 yards, then to the left for 7 more, then back to the right for 2 and then again to the left for 4 more. It's now 3rd and 4 as Ryan Diem is penalized for 5 yards on a false start. Now 3rd and 9 and Peyton fails to connect with a short pass over the middle to Addai and Colts are forced to punt as Hunter Smith puts it on the Jets 4 yard line.

Jets ball . . .

3:12 left in the first quarter as Barlow at last moves the ball; 2 yards. Second down and Pennington at last gets a pass off with some yardage; 6 yards.

3rd and 2 and Jets 2006 fourth round pick, Brad Smith lines up under center and Pennington lines up wide?

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Quarterback Chad Pennington #10 of the New York Jets lines up as receiver during the second quarter of the game against the Indianapolis Colts on October 1, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The ball is snapped and Smith runs the ball 8 yards for a first down.

1st and 5 and Jets are called for a false start making it 1st and 15 on the next play as Cedric Houston gains a whopping 3 yards. 2nd and 12 and Pennington throws an awful pass. 3rd and 12 and Leon breaks the Colts line for . . .

2 yards and Jets end the first quarter being forced to punt.

2nd Quarter

Colts ball . . .

The Colts start on their own 35 yard line after a Jets 59 yard punt and Wilkins ran it back for 14 yards.

The Colts have distinguished a running game as Addai on the first 2 plays runs the ball for 4 and 3 yards however Peyton has yet to get a passing game to unfold as he throws incomplete on 3rd and 3.
Colts punt.

Jets ball as they apparently find a groove when Pennington first hits Sean Ryan with a short pass for 6 yards. Second play Houston runs for 3 and then another connection from Pennington to Laveranues Coles for a good 16 yards, too bad they had to bring it back due to Chris Baker being called for illegal motion and it is brought back and no play on the field. Now 3rd and 6 and Pennington connects with Tim Dwight for a gain of 15 yards. 1st and 10 at Colts 46 yard line and Houston makes it through a hole for a gain of 13 yards and then Pennington ended his route with a 33 yard connection to Cotchery running it in for a  touchdown.

Tied ball game
Colts 7 Jets 7

Jets then turn around and kick an onside kick for 13 yards as it is recovered by Jets, Kerry Rhodes at the Jets 43 yard line.

With that, the Jets ate nearly 5 1/2 minutes of the clock with an 11-play march, utilizing the shotgun and no-huddle offense. With a 4th-and-1 on the Colts 30, Brad Smith came in and pitched right on a quarterback option for the first down. Pennington's pass to Cotchery on 3rd- and-goal fell incomplete, but Antoine Bethea's pass interference gave the Jets a new set of downs. On the next play Barlow ran in from the 1 for the Jets to take a 14 - 7 lead over the Colts.

This second quarter looks like Jets have turned the game around to their favor -

Oh contraire. . .

As the Colts have the ball back with 4:36 left in the half, and Manning begins the Colts drive with a stunning 41 yard completion to Reggie Wayne to the Jets 44.

 Rhodes then runs left and gains 9 to the Jets' 35. Next play, Rhodes picks up 2 yards for the first down. Rhodes picks up 2 more after incompletion to Harrison. On 3rd and 8 Peyton hits Marvin Harrison for 12 yards to get the first down and go into the 2 minute warning.

Next play Addai breaks left for 2 yards then Peyton hits Wayne for a short 4 yarder. Peyton then hits Addai for another short 4 yards just short of the first down and then Harrison for 7 yards putting The Colts on the Jets 2 yard line. On 2nd and 2 The Jets were not completely set, and Manning took advantage with a quick handoff. Addai went up the middle for the score run to tie the game, 14-14, with 16 seconds on the clock before halftime.

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Running back Joseph Addai #29 of the Indianapolis Colts gets through for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the New York Jets on October 1, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Gramatica kicksoff a 64 yarder and with 16 seconds to play before the half, Jets snap the ball as Mathis sacks Pennington for a loss of 3 yards and we go into half time.


3rd  Quarter

Colts start off the first half ending up having to punt with no help of a minus 13 yard sack on Peyton. To highlight the drive, wide receiver Marvin Harrison moved past Andre Reed and into fourth place on the NFL's career receptions list Sunday with his 952nd catch.

He passed Reed with a 14-yard reception, his third catch of the game, 37 seconds into the third quarter against the New York Jets.

It's the second time in three weeks Harrison has moved up on the career receptions chart. He passed Art Monk for fifth against Houston on Sept. 17.

A little over 13 minutes left in the 3rd quarter and the Jets run 17 plays for 77 yards eating up over 9 minutes to wind up on the Colts 2 yard line on 4th down and goal. On the previous play, Jets running back Cedric Houston was injured when he ran the ball up the middle on third-and-goal from the Colts 2 with 5:18 left in the third quarter and was tackled by Dwight Freeney for no gain. The second-year back got up after a few minutes, but was assisted to the sideline by two trainers and didn't put any weight on his left leg before he was carted into the locker room.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Running back Cedric Houston #34 of the New York Jets is taken off the field after injuring his leg in the third quarter of the game against the Indianapolis Colts on October 1, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

On fourth and Goal the Jets decided to go for it rather than try a field goal, as Pennington,  on a play-fake, is pressured right away and
caught by Rocky Boiman in the back of the right corner of the end zone.

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Rocky Boiman (50) celebrates after intercepting a pass in the end zone against the New York Jets during third quarter NFL football Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Colts beat the Jets, 31-28.

4th Quarter

The Colts ran into the fourth quarter, using over 6 1/2 minutes on 15 plays, concluding with a 20-yard field goal by Gramatica for a 17-14 advantage. Indianapolis continued to pound the ball, running the ball 10 times for 53 yards.

With just under 13 minutes to play, New York got the ball back and continued to slice apart the Colts defense. Washington did the most damage on the drive, rushing for 29 yards on the 11-play, 62-yard possession. On 3rd-and-2 at the Indianapolis 10, Coles couldn't come up with the catch in the end zone, but for the second time in the game the Colts were hit with a defensive penalty on third down inside the red zone. Barlow then recorded his second touchdown with a five-yard run for 21-17 score with 7:55 remaining.

On the ensuing possession Indianapolis went 68 yards in almost 5 1/2 minutes to regain the lead. Starting at their own 32, the Colts used the no-huddle and fought their way downfield. Indianapolis took advantage of a pass interference call on Miller on 2nd-and-20 with 3:34 to play, and three plays later Manning found Bryan Fletcher for a two-yard touchdown reception and a 24-21 edge.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Tight end Brian Fletcher #81 of the Indianapolis Colts smiles after his touchdown during the fourth quarter of the game against the New York Jets on October 1, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Colts won the game 31-28.

Colts kickoff as Gramatica kicks it 73 yards to Jets -3 as Justin Miller returns it 103 yards, breaking two tackles, to give the Jets a 28-24 lead with 2:20 remaining. The return was the longest in Jets history passing Leon Johnson, who ran back a kickoff 101 yards on December 14, 1997 versus Tampa Bay.

Manning then used a nine-play, 61-yard drive to push the Colts ahead for good. The possession was kept alive with a third down completion to Marvin Harrison, and, two plays later, Manning hit Reggie Wayne at the Jets 1. Running the no-huddle offense, Manning then took the ball and pushed himself into the end zone.

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts scores a touchdown in the final minutes of the game against New York Jets on October 1, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Colts won the game 31-28.

With 8 seconds left, the Jets got off one last, desperate circus play, a never-ending lateral-fest that almost worked. Chad Pennington threw a short pass to Leon Washington, who ran for an 8-yard gain and lateraled the ball to Brad Smith.

That was just the beginning . . .

A series of four laterals including one back to Pennington, who then threw a crosswise pass to Justin McCareins to keep the chaos rolling and two fumbles recovered by the Jets followed, with center Nick Mangold finally losing the ball at the Colts 35 and Jason Davis recovering for Indianapolis to end the game.

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
 Quarterback Chad Pennington #10 of the New York Jets walks off the field after his team was defeated by the Indianapolis Colts 31-28 in the game on October 1, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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