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Jets upset Chargers to advance to AFC title game

It was over when ...

Mark Sanchez's touchdown pass in the fourth quarter gave the Jets a 10-7 lead.
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Chargers K Nate Kaeding, with San Diego down 17-7, missed a 40-yard field goal with 4:38 remaining in the game. The Chargers did score a touchdown with 2:14 left, but couldn't recover the ensuing onside kick or prevent the Jets from getting a first down to get the ball back.

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For the second straight playoff game, Jets rookie RB Shonn Greene came through with another 100-yard performance, rushing 23 times for 128 yards and a touchdown. His 53-yard score -- the longest postseason run in Jets franchise history -- gave New York a 17-7 lead with 7:26 remaining.

Key Stat

Kaeding, who is the AFC's Pro Bowl kicker, missed three field goals (from 36, 57 and 40 yards), after entering the game with a streak of 20 kicks without a miss. Kaeding also had a streak of 69 field goals made from 40 or less, which included playoffs, that came to an end.


New York is making its first AFC Championship Game appearance since 1998. ... San Diego's 11-game winning streak came to an end. ... Jets QB Mark Sanchez joins Joe Flacco (last season) as the only rookies in NFL history to win two playoff games as a starter. ... Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw two interceptions to Darrelle Revis and Jim Leonhard on back-to-back passes in the third quarter. ... San Diego was just four of 13 (30 percent) on third downs against a Jets defense that ranked No. 1 (31.5 percent) in that department. ... The Chargers rushed for just 61 yards.

Team Leaders

Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Sanchez 12 23 100 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
S. Greene 23 128 5.6 1
T. Jones 14 41 2.9 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Edwards 2 41 20.5 0
J. Cotchery 3 25 8.3 0
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
P. Rivers 27 40 298 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
D. Sproles 3 33 11 0
L. Tomlinson 12 24 2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
V. Jackson 7 111 15.9 0
A. Gates 8 93 11.6 0


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    Philip Rivers

    #17 | QB | Chargers

    27/40, 298 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

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    Mark Sanchez

    #6 | QB | Jets

    12/23, 100 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

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