All that stands between the New York Jets and the playoffs is Rex Ryan.
Well, how's that for an absolutely juicy story line?
The Jets, in their first season under coach Todd Bowles, are facing a win-and-in scenario against the Buffalo Bills and their former coach, who was fired after failing to lead New York to the postseason in each of the last four of his six seasons.
"In the words of the great Steve Smith," linebacker Calvin Pace said, referring to Baltimore's loquacious wide receiver, "man, it's going to be a bloodbath."
The Jets (10-5) went from being outside the playoff picture to controlling their chances with a 26-20 overtime victory Sunday over the New England Patriots - helped in large part by Bill Belichick choosing to kick off rather than start the extra period on offense.
Ryan Fitzpatrick coolly marched the Jets downfield and won it with a 6-yard pass to Eric Decker.
Pittsburgh, which held a tiebreaker edge over New York, surprisingly lost to Baltimore and slipped behind the Jets in the playoff race.
"I want it," defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson said of reaching the postseason. "I want it bad."
He and the Jets get to prove how much next Sunday at Buffalo (7-8). The Bills had high hopes in Ryan's first season, especially when he declared their playoff drought would end. Instead, they'll miss out for the 16th straight year. >> Read more...