INDIANAPOLIS -- While the New York Jets talked assertively about being Super Bowl favorites and proudly promoted AFC championship gear available for purchase through the team Web site, the Indianapolis Colts remained peaceful in the days leading up to the conference title game.
Once the Colts knocked off the feisty but clearly overmatched Jets on Sunday, some voices were raised in the winning locker room.
"To hear them talk all week, I don't usually watch all those NFL channels and all those sports things because it kind of takes you out of your main focus," Colts linebacker Clint Session said. "But this week, I did pay a little attention to things and caught some guys over there making noise and all of that.
"You can't win with all that talking; you've got to put up on the field."
Colts strong safety Melvin Bullitt took umbrage with the Jets' defensive cockiness.
The Jets had the NFL's best scoring defense, total defense and passing defense in the regular season. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 377 yards, and the Colts outgained the Jets on the ground, 101-86.
"So you tell me which defense has the better rush defense," Bullitt said. "All the talking and everything they did, you tell me who has the better rush offense."
Bullitt needs to realize Jets playoff MVP Shonn Greene was sidelined early in the third quarter -- when the Jets were leading -- with a rib injury. But the Colts did shut down Thomas Jones, who rushed for 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns.
And before you write in with objections to my reference about the Jets selling AFC championship merchandise, yes, I do realize that all of the final four teams had apparel and other geegaws available on NFL.com.
But the Jets were alone in not only selling them on their Web site, but also in making comments about it. Jets coach Rex Ryan opened Friday's news conference by saying how much he loved the idea.