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Times Square will be ablaze in green and white tonight as diehard Jets fans gather with team legends and city officials to send Gang Green off to the AFC Championship game in true New York style.
Sunday's match-up against the Pittsburgh Steelers marks the Jets' second trip to a title game in two years – but only their second trip since 1998. With a win, the team goes to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1968 season.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Jets AFC Championship Game Playoff Rally
WHEN: Thursday, January 20, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Times Square (Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets)
WHO: Owner Woody Johnson, GM Mike Tannenbaum, Fireman Ed, Jets Flight Crew, Kris Jenkins, Jim Leonhard and Jets Alumni TBA, Mayor Michael Bloomberg
WHY: AFC Championship game, BABY! (Plus they'll be handing out Jets playoff rally towels and foam fingers and one lucky fan will win a trip for two to see the bloodfest in Pittsburgh, courtesy of JetBlue and PrimeSport)
The festivities continue in New Jersey on Saturday, where police are preparing for several thousand fans to form a human tunnel at the Jets' Florham Park practice facility.
Florham Park Police Capt. Robert Treiber tells The Daily Record of Parsippany last year's send-off drew between 4,000 and 5,000 people. Treiber says he expects at least that amount this time.
Motorists planning to use the Park Avenue-Columbia Turnpike corridor should find alternate routes between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.
The winner of Sunday's game will play either the Chicago Bears or the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 6.