Calling all Jets fans! You don't have to fly all the way to Indianapolis this weekend to show Gang Green your support (although we wouldn't blame you for wanting to take the trip).
The New York Jets take on the Indianapolis Colts in their first AFC Championship Game since 1998 on Sunday afternoon. With a win, the team goes to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1968 season – and the city is holding a rally to send them off in style.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and past Jets greats will join fans at the event on Thursday on Broadway between 44th and 45th streets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Street parking will be limited, so city officials suggest you take the subway (or a jet).
The rally celebrates an unlikely playoff berth for a team that had a rollercoaster of a season – one that Coach Rex Ryan had mistakenly thought was over after a loss to Atlanta almost a month ago.
The December win over the Colts was further magnified by the losses of several teams that were ahead of the Jets in the playoff race. That suddenly put New York in control of its post-season destiny. And now their Super Bowl hopes, too, remain in their hands. All they have to do is beat the team that helped them get in the playoffs in the first place.