Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/11/11

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets stands on the field prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Normally, Rex Ryan elects to go with his defense when the Jets win the toss.  Today, he chose to receive the ball first and that decision paid off in dividends.  Mark Sanchez and the Jets' offense took the opening drive 77 yards on 11 plays, with Sanchez finishing the drive with a bootleg touchdown.  The Jets never looked back and dominated an offensively inept Chiefs’ team with Tyler Palko at the helm for a 37-10 win that could have been worse.  The one negative for the Jets today was the injury to safety Jim Leonard, who hurt his knee while making an interception in the second quarter, ominously similar to the injury he suffered last year.  A Chiefs’ team coming off a 10-3 road win in Chicago imploded today with 11 penalties, including one by demoralized head coach Todd Haley, in what could be one of his last games coaching the Chiefs.  This game was over by halftime.
Turning Point:  With 11:40 left in the second quarter, the score was still within reach at 7-3.  On 3rd and 11 with the Chiefs at their own 20 yard line, Tyler Palko threw the ball into a sea of green jerseys and Jim Leonard came up with the interception and injured his knee on the play.  Sachez threw an easy pass to Shonn Greene that went for 36 yards and set up an easy touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes, who now has three touchdowns in his last three games.  With the score at 14-3, Jets, the game was out of reach, considering the Chiefs had only one touchdown in their last 43 drives coming into this game (off a Hail Mary).
 
Key Players:  Mark Sanchez, New York Jets – Sanchez became the first quarterback in Jets’ history to rush for two touchdowns and throw two touchdowns in the same game.  He threw for 181 yards, and most importantly, did not turn the ball over in this impressive win. 

Shonn Greene, New York Jets– Greene had 121 yards yards rushing, 58 yards receiving, and a touchdown to go with his impressive 5.4 yards per carry.  Today, the Jets lived up to the name "Ground and Pound", and Greene had his best day of the year.

Tyler Palko, Kansas City Chiefs – Palko’s numbers (16-32, 195 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception) don’t tell the whole story.  At halftime, the score was 28-3 and the Chiefs had 4 total yards, 4 three and outs and no chance of winning this game.

Todd Haley, Kansas City Chiefs – With 6:31 left in the third quarter, Coach Todd Haley’s frustrations boiled over at the officials and he got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to go along with half of his team.  It’s hard to blame Haley after watching his team meltdown against the Jets.

Most Telling Stat/Fact- .  On the series that Haley got his penalty, the Jets went 98 yards and 81 of those were by penalty.  In one series of plays, the Chiefs had 7 penalties in 10 plays.

What It Means for the Winner:  This game was big in the Wild Card race for the New York Jets.  With the last second win by the Texans over the Bengals, the Jets are 8-5 and in good shape for the race for the final AFC wild card spot.

What It Means for the Loser:  The Chiefs drop to 5-8, and any slim hopes that remained of salvaging this season are officially gone.  With the painfully miserable offense and slew of penalties, Todd Haley may be seeking employment elsewhere soon.  The Chiefs offense continues to sputter and their defense can’t stay rested after continuous three and outs by the offense.
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