The whistle was far from inadvertent, but some Colts fans might have wished it would have been.
As Twitter lit up with criticism in the cyber world a few confused looks dominated the gallery at Lucas Oil Stadium, when Colts head coach Jim Caldwell called timeout with 26 seconds left and the Jets driving for a field goal.
It came just after LaDainian Tomlinson ran up the middle for two yards to the Colts' 34-yard line, and might have been the place that Nick Polk would try a potential game-winning field goal from.
But the Colts' coach wasn't going to let them have it that easy.
"I didn’t care. I was going to make sure that they couldn’t. Make them snap the ball. They were in field goal range," said Caldwell of the timeout call.
It was a decision he made before in this season, calling timeout twice in the final 48 seconds at Jacksonville with the game tied and the Jaguars trying to drive for a field goal. The move backfired, as the timeout-less David Garrard led Jacksonville down the field to set up Josh Scobee's game-winning 48-yard field goal.
Similar results happened this time, as Mark Sanchez completed a 28-yard pass to Braylen Edward to the Colts' 14-yard line, and setting Polk up for an easy kick.
"So we wanted to try to make them snap the ball as many times as they possibly could," said Caldwell in defense of the decision. "Wasn’t going to let them just sit there and take it down. So used a time out in that situation.”
A Quiet Finish For Reggie
A lion of a season for Colts receiver Reggie Wayne finished even more silent than a lamb on Saturday night.
It comes at a peculiar time, since Wayne set a career high for pass receptions with 111 this past regular season, collecting 1,355 yards and six touchdowns.
Wayne didn't speak to the media following the contest, but Manning did explain why the receiver saw so few passes against the Jets.
"Reggie Wayne has had an unbelievable year. There is no question he was a big focus of their defense. It was just a matter of kind of throwing it to the guy that was open on each progression and knowing what the coverage was," said Manning.
Free and Locked?
Manning will be a free agent at the end of this season-thought according to his words and those of Jim Irsay a new contract is a formality.
But with no deal officially and a possible lockout looming in 2010-plus with a number of players returning from injury-Manning couldn't offer much in terms of a prediction for 2011.
"It is hard to speak on that. Certainly this year is a different year," said Manning. "I truly appreciate the effort of a number of guys, some of the veteran players that played hurt all year, some guys that didn't let on how injured they are, how hurt they are, how much pain they played with."
Getting the chance to play in 2011 of course will be determined, as both sides of the labor issue continue to talk tough as the year begins.
"God willing," said defensive end Robert Mathis when asked if he'll be back in the same locker room come next fall.