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Folk FG finishes off last-drive turnabout

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

INDIANAPOLIS — Nick Folk kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired Saturday night, giving the New York Jets a 17-16 AFC playoff victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

With their main tormentors out of the way, the Jets head to New England for a third meeting with the Patriots next Sunday. The Colts beat the Jets for the AFC title last year.

It was a remarkable turn for the Colts, who thought they won it when Adam Vinatieri made a 50-yard field goal with 53 seconds to go.

But Antonio Cromartie returned the ensuing kickoff 47 yards, and quarterback Mark Sanchez took five plays to get the Jets into ­position for the winner.

“I’ll tell you what, it feels awesome because this is the playoffs and we’re moving on,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “You know, [Colts quarterback Peyton Manning] is the best, and he almost did it to us again.”

Manning was 18-for-26 for 225 yards and one TD. He got Vinatieri in position with an eight-play, 48-yard drive.

But he left 53 seconds on the clock for the Jets.

After Braylon Edwards made a leaping 18-yard catch to put the ball on the Colts’ 14, Folk made his kick.

The Jets’ LaDainian Tomlinson carried 16 times for 82 yards and scored on two one-yard runs.


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