The New York Jets scored two fourth quarter TD’s to win over the heavily favored San Diego Chargers 17-14 Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium, setting them up for the AFC title game against the 15-2 Indianapolis Colts. Head coach Rex Ryan can now stand by his original (what most would have considered overconfident) statements, courtesy of San Diego kicker Nate Kaeding for failing to hit any of his three game field goal attempts.
“We believed the whole time, the whole year, when it probably wasn’t the popular choice,” said Ryan. “We don’t have to apologize to anyone. A matchup that probably nobody wanted, but too bad. Here we come!”
Yesterday’s contest opened with the Chargers in control with a Philip Rivers-Kris Wilson connection for six three minutes into the second quarter. The Jets took over from there in the remaining two blocks, producing a field goal and a pair of touchdowns. Rivers was able to lead his men down field for one more score to make it a three point game. The Jets then came up with the onside kick to eventually solidify the victory. Colts vs. Jets tickets are now available right here at AceTicket.com!
The New York Jets after a wild road through the 2009-2010 regular season have advanced to the AFC Divisional round where they will face the hottest team in the NFL this Sunday, the 13-3 San Diego Chargers. The veteran Chargers lineup are entering their playoff campaign with an 11-game win streak. In the past two seasons San Diego has advanced with at least four consecutive victories under their belt, only to lose in the first two rounds.
“We’ve been there before. We’ve been the popular pick to win the Super Bowl before and haven’t,” said LB Shawne Merriman. “Our whole mentality this year is completely different, in not looking too far ahead down the road. That’s been the big key this year altogether, is not looking too far down the road.”
The Chargers have been unstoppable lately on the offensive end, but we’ll see how well they can produce against the league’s top ranked defense. “Both teams are carrying a lot of momentum going into this game,” said Jets coach Rex Ryan. “It’s just going to be who can out-execute the other.” Game time is set for Sunday, January 17th at Qualcomm Stadium. Purchase your Chargers vs. Jets tickets right here with us at Ace!
The Boston Red Sox recently offered former San Diego Padres General Manager Kevin Towers a position in their front office. Towers for the past couple of weeks has been taking time off to clear his mind before making a final decision. He has been involved with the Padres organization as GM since 1995.
San Diego since letting go of Towers are close to hiring former Red Sox assistant GM Jed Hoyer. Hoyer, although continuing to work under Theo Epstein has interviewed and been considered for higher positions in the past. Other Padres candidates include LA Dodgers assistant GM Kim Ng.
The front office adjustments for the Sox is only step one in regards to the long offseason ahead. The latest news around Fenway is that Tim Wakefield can now work towards a full recovery after his recent back surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital Wednesday. The 43-year old knuckleballer is hoping to return to the Red Sox for one more season.
The franchise holds a $4 million option on Wakefield that is required to be exercised within five days after the World Series concludes. Theo is looking to negotiate with Wakefield barring any additional health problems. “Wake is someone that is in our plans, and we hope he makes starts for us next year and is a member of the rotation,” said Epstein. “We haven’t sat down and finalized anything. Obviously, we want to see how the surgery goes, and then both sides will sit down and talk.”
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Eddie Royal last night became the first player in Denver Broncos history to return a kickoff and punt for touchdowns in one game, as his squad went on to outplay the San Diego Chargers 34-23. The win at Qualcomm Stadium kept the Broncos undefeated with a 6-0 regular season record.
QB Kyle Orton had a slow start but finished with 229 passing yards and two TD’s from his 20 total game completions. Orton certainly did his job but it was Royal who collected the game ball following Monday nights featured contest. “Man, it was a great feeling. The guys did a great job of blocking,” he said of the second return. “I’ve got to give them a lot of credit. They opened up the seams and it was a home run.”
The Broncos after a bye week will next look forward to matching up with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, November 11th. The Chargers have a game coming right up against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at 1:00 PM.
The San Diego Chargers have just extended QB and franchise player Philip Rivers contract to 6 more years for $92 million. Rivers is very pleased to remain in San Diego, saying he is “thankful to have many more opportunities to suit up and go out there and be the quarterback for the Chargers and short-term, to be able to just do all I can to lead us to a championship.” The extension was certainly key for the future success of the San Diego organization knowing Rivers was up for free agency after this upcoming season.
Last year Rivers held the second highest QB rating at 111.7 with a 9-1 touchdown-interception ratio. For the past three seasons he has racked up over 10,000 yards in a San Diego uniform. Rivers and the Chargers are set to meet up with the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers before their official regular season opener against the Oakland Raiders on September 14th.
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The San Diego Padres have sent shortstop Khalil Greene to the St Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals have been in the market for Ceasar Izturis’ replacement, and will be sending two pitching prospects to the Padres in return. This move may signal San Diego’s desire to lower their payroll and try to re-sign ace Jake Peavy.
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