x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Losing Jets overjoyed after qualification

They are headed back to the play-offs, and they will not complain even if they got in with a loss.

CHICAGO // Dustin Keller saw sombre teammates all around him in the New York Jets locker room. Suddenly, he heard LaDainian Tomlinson shout, "We're in! We're in!" And, some of the veteran players "started going kind of crazy".

"So I and the younger guys kind of looked around," Keller said. "Are we allowed to celebrate?"

Yes, the Jets can celebrate. They are headed back to the play-offs, and they will not complain even if they got in with a loss.

Jay Cutler threw three touchdown passes, Matt Forte ran for 113 yards and the Chicago Bears (11-4) beat the Jets 38-34 on Sunday, sending the Jets to their third loss in four games. Chris Harris intercepted Mark Sanchez's pass intended for Santonio Holmes with about a minute left to end New York's comeback bid.

The Jets (10-5) clinched their second straight post-season trip under the coach Rex Ryan when Jacksonville lost 20-17 in overtime to Washington. There was a roar from the coaches' room when that game went final, and Ryan stopped himself as he addressed the media.

"By the way, I think we're in the play-offs," he said. "Not the way I wanted it, but I'll take it."