The?Jets would prefer if all the drama stayed in Hollywood on Sunday.
Good luck, considering Philip Rivers has created some great closing scenes in San Diego. Rivers has 14 career game-winning drives and 11 fourth-quarter comebacks over his six-year career heading into the divisional playoff game against the Jets. Defenses just can’t seem to stifle the two-time Pro Bowler in the final stanza.
The Jets, though, will leave that to their offense.
“Yes, that would be the blueprint for sure,” Rex Ryan said Thursday. “As a defense ... you have to get them off the field on third down and you have to obviously convert on third down on offense.”
Rivers can’t do any damage if he’s on the sidelines, which is a spot a lot of opposing quarterbacks have found themselves against the Jets.
Gang Green’s power running game game is a big reason why. Shonn Greene and Thomas Jones combined for 169 yards and two touchdowns in their 24-14 wild-card win over the Bengals. They controlled the ball for nine minutes in the fourth quarter, which comes as no surprise after finishing the regular season ninth in time of possession.
“Patience is a big part of what [we] need to succeed and I think it shows,” Greene said. “If we don’t run the ball well, it doesn’t matter how good [our] defense is.”