Super Bowl preview: A silver lining from the Jets' playbook

There weren't many positives from the New York Jets' 4-12 season, but here's something most Jets' fans will embrace:

They provided a blueprint for the Seattle Seahawks on how to beat the New England Patriots on Sunday in Super Bowl XLIX.

Think back to Week 7 at Gillette Stadium. The Jets exposed cracks in the Patriots' run defense, which allowed a season-high 218 rushing yards. A review of the game tape revealed a few trends that should be eye-opening for Seattle.

The Patriots struggled with the Jets' read-option, which happens to be a staple in the Seahawks' playbook.

Chris Ivory, described as a poor man's Marshawn Lynch because of his north-south running style, gashed the Patriots with cutback runs. Ivory rushed for a team-high 107 yards and a touchdown. Lynch certainly has the ability to slice the Patriots with cutbacks on zone-blocking runs.

Geno Smith hurt the Patriots with his scrambling, running for 37 yards -- the most by a quarterback against the Patriots. If Smith can run for 37 yards, imagine what Russell Wilson could do.

This might be an oversimplification, but success and failure on most of the Jets' running plays hinged on how well they blocked massive defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. He's the key. If the Seahawks can neutralize him on most plays, they could have a huge day on the ground.

"For me, personally, going against them twice a year, they're always a little bit shaky against the run," Jets center Nick Mangold, speaking on ESPN Radio, said of the Patriots. "I know you have big Vince in the middle, but he's only one guy. If you find a way 'round him, there are leaks to be made."

Despite the 218-yard effort, no turnovers and 40-plus minutes in possession time, the Jets lost 27-25 because ... well, they were the Jets. But they might have provided a way for the Seahawks to prevent Bill Belichick & Co. from winning their fourth Super Bowl. No doubt, they'd love that.