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Zach Leibowitz
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Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

Jets Grounded

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I really want to say Philadelphia blew it -- which they did -- because by 4:15 p.m. yesterday afternoon, they stepped onto the field knowing that they controlled their own wild-card destiny. Except, that would be saying the team that blew it most was the same team that inexplicably tied Cincinnati earlier this season. So, I won't do it, because at 8-6-1, remarkably still with a remote chance of making the playoffs, the Eagles and their fans should be thankful they're still in any resemblance of post-season conversation. And if nothing else, just remember, you won the World Series, Philadelphia. It's all good. It really is.

So that means the biggest choker is the New York Jets with a very close second to Denver. While Denver's loss was inexcusable vs. a feisty Buffalo team and was very costly, the Broncos still can win the AFC West by beating San Diego. Good for the Chargers though to not give up. They've fought back and now the winner of next week's head-to-head in San Diego wins the division. Any chance Ed Hochuli gets the officiating assignment for that one? What a perfect way to end the season given the huge controversy earlier this year at Invesco Field. I must say, Denver's in trouble because San Diego smells blood and they want revenge big time. Unless Denver gets its defense figured out fast, I think the Chargers are going to pound them at home with L.T. running wild. I think the Chargers will steal this division, weeks after being closer to Kansas City in the standings.

Oh, the poor New York Jets. They're the ultimate chokers of the bunch. Their pinnacle will turn out to be the road win at Tennessee. After that, there was nowhere to go but down. The flat performance vs. Denver and the embarrassing road losses to two of the four NFC West doormats (Arizona is suddenly an embarrassment as well. They have no prayer in an East coast setting should they make it that far in the playoffs.) pretty much sealed the Jets' fate. Only a miracle saved them vs. Buffalo last weekend. And when it rains it pours, or in this colder case, snows, as it did in the latest Mangini era debacle in Seattle.

The Jets had the division in hand. Now, they must not only beat Chad Pennington's Dolphins, but they must hope New England loses as well. What kind of position is that for a team that was 8-3 just weeks ago?

So the Eagles, Broncos and especially the Jets blew it big time Sunday. I believe all three will now miss the post-season. Good, because none of them deserve it.

Root for Miami this Sunday to win the AFC East and Atlanta to make a run in the NFC playoffs. Forget about the teams that blew their playoff spots this holiday season.

Instead, focus on the ones who earned them.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  December 22, 2008; 12:07 PM ET  | Category:  New York Jets , Zach Leibowitz Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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