Not a rookie anymore

Updated: January 18, 2010, 1:51 AM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN DIEGO -- Mark Sanchez was still clutching the game ball he ran off the field with as he bent down and closed his eyes waiting for Jets coach Rex Ryan to finish his postgame remarks. As he shook his head and put his right hand over his face, it was as if he was still coming to grips with the fact that he and the Jets were one win away from the Super Bowl.

"I try not to think about it," said Sanchez after the Jets beat the Chargers 17-14 in the divisional playoffs. "It's amazing."

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