Jets can take pride in their unexpected run

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Prior to the postseason, a colleague of mine at NFL.com — who makes no bones about his dislike for the Patriots — was worried that New England would have an easy time advancing to the divisional playoffs if they faced the Jets first.

Boy, was he wrong.

The Jets used that kind of doubt from the media to ride the disrespect card all the way to the AFC Championship Game. They were never expected to go anywhere this year with a rookie coach in Rex Ryan and a rookie quarterback in Mark Sanchez.

And yet their rushing attack ran circles around — or shall I say through — the NFL and almost earned them an unexpected berth in Super Bowl XLIV. And how about that stingy defense?

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– Simon Samano

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