2003-01-04 / Sports

Rolfe Speaks of Jets/Giants Super Bowl Hopes

Rolfe Speaks of Jets/Giants Super Bowl Hopes


New York Jets coach Herman Edwards, right, laughs as he mixes it up with Jets linebacker Marvin Jones, left, at a practice at Hofstra training camp. Edwards hopes to smile after the Colts- Jets playoff game.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)New York Jets coach Herman Edwards, right, laughs as he mixes it up with Jets linebacker Marvin Jones, left, at a practice at Hofstra training camp. Edwards hopes to smile after the Colts- Jets playoff game.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Monday headline of the Post said it all in three little letters: "Wow." That summed up not only the Jets domination of the Packers, but the other events of the day that helped put Gang Green in the playoffs. Needing a win from either the Falcons or the Patriots, things looked bleak right before 4 pm. Hotlanta somehow blew their game in Cleveland (thanks, Dan Reeves) and the Patsies were down 10 as time was slipping away. But Tom Brady (the 2nd best QB in the AFC East) led an improbable comeback, aided by Mammals HC Dave Wannstedt's questionable play calling, giving New England a chance to win it in OT.

As about 35,000 Jet fans huddled around TVs in the Meadowlands parking lot, chanting "P-A-T-S!! Pats! Pats! Pats!" kicker Adam Vinateri booted one through, and set off euphoric cheers both outside and inside the inappropriately named Giants Stadium. Did anyone really think Green Bay had a chance after that?

Meanwhile, the day before, the Giants finished off their regular season with their fourth win in a row, knocking off the Eagles. So naturally, all over the town- in the sports pages, on the local news, over on the all sports radio stations- New Yorkers are asking the big question, "Will we have an all-New York Super Bowl?" The closest we've ever come to that was back in 1986, when the G-Men won it all. In the AFC Divisional playoffs, Gang Green was up 10 points with 4 minutes left, before a stupid Mark Gastineau penalty helped Bernie Kosar and the Cleveland Browns snatch a victory in what is still a painful recollection for Jet fans.

So what is Rolfe's answer to the big question? No. As great as it would be for everyone involved, both teams winning three in a row, especially all on the road for the Jints, and 2 of 3 for the Jets, would be too tough. Here's the next question- Does one NY team make it? Yes. Look for the Jets to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (if Brad Johnson is healthy) on January 26th.


Can Jim Fassel hoist the NFC Championship as he did in 2000 for the New York Giants?Can Jim Fassel hoist the NFC Championship as he did in 2000 for the New York Giants?

Saturday:

JETS (-6) over Colts-

Jetsies have put up two straight impressive efforts after their terrible loss to the Bears. Indy has been somewhat lackluster- getting spanked by the Jints, and then closing out with a shaky W over Jacksonville. All of Chad Pennington's weapons- Coles, Moss, Wayne and CuMart- are firing, and the D has been amazing.

PACKERS (-6.5) over Falcons-

Both teams are coming off tough losses. Lambeau Field always gives Favre and the Cheeseheads an advantage; plus they have a lot more experience in big games than these Birds.

Sunday:

Browns (+8) over STEELERS-

Say what you want about the Browns; they always make the games interesting. Only 3 of their 16 games were decided by more than 8 points. Pitt has lost a number of home playoff games in the Cowher-era, so a big upset here is quite possible.

Giants (+3.5) over 49ERS-

These two teams battled in the first game of the 2002 season, with the Niners winning late. But this is a much different Big Blue. They have momentum on their side; Collins, Barber, Shockey and Toomer all had huge years; and Coach Fassel has his team (if not little know-it-all Lupica) believing. Let the NY-NY Super Bowl talk continue one more week.

Best Bet- Jets

Regular Season Record: 119-131-6

E-Mail: RockawayRolfe@yahoo.com


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