MANHATTAN — The New York Jets are on their way to the playoffs after trouncing the Cincinnati Bengals 37-0 Sunday night at the Meadowlands.
The Jets, who needed a win to keep their season alive, didn't disappoint fans who braved wind chills in the single digits to watch what would likely be the last game in Giants Stadium.
“We knew what was at stake and we weren’t going to be denied,” right tackle Damien Woody told the New York Post. “It’s a whole new season. We’re ready to try to play for that world championship now.”
The Jets rookie Quarterback Mark Sanchez went 8 for 16 for 63 yards with no turnovers. Running backs Thomas Jones and Shonn Green's solid performances, along with wide receiver Brad Smith's 32-yard touchdown run, helped the Jets set a record for rushing yards in a season.
For his part, Cincinnati Quarterback Carson Palmer struggled, going only 1 for 11 in passing before he was replaced by backup J.T. O'Sullivan.
The Jets chances at securing a playoff spot had been dwindling before last week's win over previously undefeated Indianapolis.
The Jets (9-7) aren't finished with the Bengals (10-6); the two teams will face off again in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday.
Meanwhile, New York's other team, the Giants, who were already out of the playoffs, disappointed fans with another embarrassing loss. The team went down in a 44 -7 shocker to the Minnesota Vikings.