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New York Jets oust Indianapolis Colts 17-16 on last-second kick

Jets kicker Nick Folk hits the winning 32-yard field goal as time expires to beat the Colts, the defending AFC champion.

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Jets kicker Nick Folk hits the winning 32-yard field goal as time expires to beat the Colts, the defending AFC champion.

INDIANAPOLIS — Nothing personal, Peyton. Rex Ryan and the Jets finally got the made-for-TV ending they wanted — they beat you.

The coach who had made the game a coach vs. quarterback matchup needed a kicker to beat Manning.

Nick Folk kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired Saturday, giving New York a 17-16 playoff victory over Indianapolis.

With Ryan's main tormentor out of the way, New York (12-5) heads to East division rival New England for a third meeting Jan. 16; they split this season, but the Patriots won 45-3 on Dec. 6 at Foxborough.

Last week, Ryan described his desire to beat Manning as "personal" as Manning had beaten Ryan's teams five times in six tries dating to Ryan's days as Ravens defensive coordinator.

The Colts (10-7) beat the Jets for the AFC title a year ago. But both defending conference champs were ousted from the playoffs Saturday. New Orleans, which beat Indy in last year's Super Bowl, lost at Seattle.

The Colts took a 16-14 lead on Adam Vinatieri's 50-yard field goal with 53 seconds to go.

But Antonio Cromartie returned the ensuing kickoff 47 yards, and Mark Sanchez needed five plays to get the Jets into position for the winner.

"I'll tell you what, it feels awesome because this is the playoffs and we're moving on," Ryan said. "You know, he (Manning) is the best, and he almost did it to us again."

Manning certainly had his chances.

He was 18-of-26 for 225 yards and one touchdown, and he got Vinatieri, considered the best clutch kicker in league history, in position with an eight-play, 48-yard drive in the final 2½ minutes.

But he left 53 seconds on the clock for New York.

After Braylon Edwards made a leaping 18-yard catch to take New York to the Colts 14, the Jets called timeout with 3 seconds left, and Folk's kick went right down the middle.

"It's certainly disappointing … and that's really all you think about," Manning said. "It's disappointing with the way we lost (Saturday night). Any time you lose on a last-second field goal, it certainly stings."

Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson carried 16 times for 82 yards and scored on two 1-yard runs.

"It's emotional, exciting and all those things at once," Tomlinson said. "We knew it was going to be a dogfight against a great team."

The Colts helped the Jets' winning drive by calling timeout with 29 seconds left and the ball at the Indianapolis 32. Sanchez hit Edwards on the next play, a high pass to the right sideline.

"We've got to tip our hat to our offense. It was unbelievable," said Ryan, whose bravado made him a summer sensation in HBO's Hard Knocks series. "I mean, we totally dominated the second half offensively. On defense, we had to hold serve.

"Against Peyton, you're not going to stop him completely, but our guys played well enough to get it done and keep him out of the end zone. Our offense was just spectacular."

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