Reporting Christine Sloan
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Faithful fans of the Jets were celebrating throughout the Tri-State Area Sunday night, as their team is now within one game of the Super Bowl.
The Jets stunned the heavily favored New England Patriots Sunday to advance to the AFC Championship next weekend, where they’ll head to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers.
It was pandemonium in Manhattan, as the excitement and anxiety of the Jets game turned into the elation of victory, reports CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis.
“I’m happy, I’m ready to do it, this is our year, this is our year,” Brian Sumper, of the Upper West Side, said.
“We’re going to Pittsburgh next week, we’re gonna win in Pittsburgh, and then we’re going to Dallas,” Jets fan Brian Kelly said.
Kelly was in enemy territory at the Hairy Monk bar in Gramercy Park, a known Patriots hangout where the treatment wasn’t so great.
“Terrible, but okay – I can take care of myself,” he said.
The Jets win was a stunning upset, as New England enjoyed the league’s best record during the regular season. It wasn’t an easy night for Patriots fans.
“It’s a tough loss, it’s tough to eat,” Ben Schmidt, a bartender at Foley’s in Midtown and Pats fan, said. “I’ve got these guys yelling at me, I’ve got everybody else yelling at me.”
Many Gang Green fanatics decided not to head out for the game, instead opting to host their own playoff parties.
At homes throughout the Tri-State, Jets fans cheered on their team from their couch – and their team came through for them, reports CBS 2′s Christine Sloan.
The Seligson family gathered to enjoy the game at their home in Randolph, New Jersey, and many of them couldn’t believe what they’d seen.
“They played absolutely unbelievable,” Jonathan Seligson said. “We knew they could do it!”
Down the street at the Hermann household, the kids spray-painted signs and had their lucky dog, Dash, dressed in a Jets jersey.
“I watch every game,” Jacob Hermann said. “I am a big fan.”
It was a great win for the Jets, and a great night for their fans, who say they’re ready to do it all over again next weekend.