The New York Jets beat the Indianapolis Colts 29-15 on Sunday, ending the Colts’ perfect season and, improbably, earning themselves a shot at the playoffs. The victory came after a curious coaching decision by Colts coach Jim Caldwell—he benched quarterback Peyton Manning in the third quarter and replaced him with third-string rookie quarterback Curtis Painter. On his second drive, Painter fumbled the ball deep in Colts territory, and the Jets recovered it for a touchdown. If the Jets beat the Cincinnati Bengals next week, they’ll earn a wild-card slot in the postseason.
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