Jets 30 minutes from Super Bowl

Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half. Jerry Lai/US Presswire

INDIANAPOLIS -- Perhaps the New York Jets really are a team of destiny.

They're 30 minutes away from the Super Bowl.

In a situation even fewer people gave them a chance to survive than last week's playoff game in San Diego, the Jets lead the Indianapolis Colts 17-13 at halftime of the AFC Championship Game.

Jets kicker Jay Feely missed a 44-yard field goal attempt, or the Jets would be even further ahead.

The Jets caught the Colts secondary sleeping on two big plays in the second quarter. Mark Sanchez connected with Braylon Edwards for a Jets playoff-record 80-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Jets receiver Brad Smith took a direct snap and launched a 45-yard pass to Jerricho Cotchery that set up another Sanchez touchdown toss, this time from 9 yards to tight end Dustin Keller.

The Colts finally scored a touchdown with 1:13 left in the first half. Peyton Manning orchestrated a rapid-fire drive to get the Colts within a score.

Great first half. Take a deep breath, Jets fans, and get ready for a wild second-half ride.