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New York must now beat AFC East co-leading Miami at home next week, and pray. Either New England or Baltimore, also 10-5, must lose for the Jets to get in the playoffs. The Patriots are at Buffalo next week and the Ravens, aiming for the conference's last wild-card spot, host Jacksonville (5-10).
"We had everything in front of us and we just didn't take care of business," offensive tackle Damien Woody said. "We don't have anybody to blame but ourselves."
The Jets gave away seven potential points on two decisions by coach Eric Mangini. Their lone score came on a 20-yard field goal by Jay Feely to end the opening drive, after Mangini decided against going for it on fourth down with a half-yard to go at the 2 against the league's 30th-ranked defense.
"I anticipated the game being tight, and I thought at that point the important thing would be to get points," Mangini said.
Even Seattle's defenders were shocked Mangini didn't go for the touchdown, with linebacker Lofa Tatupu saying, "Why wouldn't they?"
Favre said: "There was no sense in thinking we wouldn't be back there."
But New York never got inside Seattle's 27 after that.
That was early in the fourth quarter. The Jets were then inexplicably penalized for delay of game just before Feely made a 45-yard field goal that was good by more than 5 yards. But after the 5-yard penalty, Mangini chose to punt. Feely angrily protested to his coach as he stomped off the snowy field.
Notes: Carlson made his leaping catch of a 2-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone late in the first half with snowflakes and linebacker David Harris' hands in his face. The native of Minnesota said he'd never before played in snow. His eight-game high school seasons ended by Nov. 1. ... Seattle scored its fewest points in a home win since Nov. 27, 1994, a 10-9 win over Kansas City.
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