Andre Dyson makes a return to the active roster
Today's start is Chad Pennington's fifth in the playoffs for the Jets, the most by a Jets quarterback in the Jets' 9th postseason game. Starts by Jets quarterbacks in the postseason: Chad Pennington – 5; Richard Todd – 4; Joe Namath – 3; Pat Ryan – 3; Vinny Testaverde – 3; Ken O'Brien – 1.
Chad Pennington's seven-yard rush in the first quarter was his longest career postseason rush, surpassing a six-yard run in the 2004 Wild Card Playoff Game at San Diego.
Dewayne Robertson forced his first career fumble, when he stripped RB Corey Dillon of the ball in the first quarter. The fumble was the first of Dillon's career in 110 carries. The fumble was recovered by Hank Poteat, the first postseason fumble recovery of his career.
Chad Pennington's 77-yard touchdown strike to Jerricho Cotchery is the longest offensive play in Jets' postseason history, surpassing the 56-yard score from Pennington to Richie Anderson in the 2002 Wild Card Playoff Game against Indianapolis. Pennington and Cotchery also hooked up for the longest offensive play of the 2006 Jets' season, a 71-yard touchdown pass in Week Two against the Patriots. The touchdown pass was Pennington's seventh in the postseason, the most by a Jets' quarterback.
After Chad Pennington came out for one play in the first quarter, Patrick Ramsey entered the game and completed his only pass to B.J. Askew for -1 yards.
Laveranues Coles' three receptions for 28 yards give him 19 postseason receptions for 217 yards. His 19 receptions tie him for sixth on the Jets all-time list with Wayne Chrebet. His 217 yards are eighth on the Jets all-time list.
Chad Pennington's third passing attempt of the afternoon moved him past Richard Todd for most pass attempts by a Jets quarterback in the postseason (previous high – 140). Pennington was already the all-time Jets playoff leader in completions and touchdown passes coming into this game. Pennington finished the half 9-for-17 for 145 yards and one TD. Pennington's career postseason totals: 93 completions (1st all time Jets' history), 155 attempts (1st), 1,011 yards (2nd to Richard Todd – 1,026) and seven touchdowns (1st).
JETS POSTSEASON FIRSTS:
Leon Washington recorded his first punt return when he returned a Todd Sauerbrun punt seven yards in the first quarter. Washington also recorded his first postseason carry (one yard) and reception (11 yards).
Mike Nugent's 28 yard field goal was his first in the postseason.
B.J. Askew and Jerricho Cotchery recorded their first postseason receptions in their third career postseason games.
Brad Smith recorded his first postseason reception in his first postseason game.
Patrick Ramsey appeared in his first postseason contest and completed his first postseason pass.
Justin Miller recorded his first postseason kickoff return, returning a kick 35 yards in the first quarter.
Ben Graham recorded his first postseason punt when he punted the ball 37 yards, pinning it inside the 20.
New York Jets InactivesQB Kellen Clemens (3rd QB)
RB Derrick Blaylock
RB Kevan Barlow
FB Stacy Tutt
LB Anthony Schlegel
OL Na'Shan Goddard
T Ed Blanton
DE Dave Ball
New England Patriots Inactives
QB Vinny Testaverde (3rd QB)
WR Bam Childress
S Rashad Baker
S Rodney Harrison
G/C Gene Mruczkowski
T Wesley Britt
DL Le Kevin Smith
DE Marquise Hill