The Jets don’t exactly have a rich history compared to other NFL teams. But of course, they have some memorable games that fans will never forget. Here’s a list of three games that are regarded as some of the franchise’s greatest wins of all time.
3. October 23rd, 2000- Jets defeat the Dolphins 40-37
The game is known as “the Monday Night Miracle,” and it sure was a thriller. The Jets and Dolphins both entered the primetime game with a 5-1 record, and were set to battle. The Dolphins took a 30-7 lead into the 4th quarter, and it appeared the Jets did not stand a chance in this one. After many fans left the Meadowlands and many fans turned their TV’s off, the Jets mounted arguably their greatest comeback win in franchise history. They went on to score 23 unanswered points to tie the game at 30. The Dolphins then marched down the field to take a 37-30 lead. But, the Jets still kept their momentum going, and went on to tie the game at 37 after James “Jumbo” Elliot caught the tying touchdown on a play where the offensive tackle was ruled an eligible receiver. This is the most famous play to come out of this game. The game went to overtime, and the Jets went on to win the game 40-37 after a game winning field goal.
2. January 16th, 2011 (AFC Divisional Round)- Jets defeat the Patriots 28-21
The 11-5 Jets headed into Foxboro to take on the 14-2 Patriots in a cold AFC Divisional Round matchup. The Jets had some momentum after a thrilling 17-16 victory against Peyton Manning and the Colts in the AFC Wild Card Round. The Jets and Patriots split their regular season games, but the last time the two teams met, the Patriots annihilated the Jets 45-3 on Monday Night Football. Anything can happen in the playoffs, and the Jets kept their playoff magic going in this one. David Harris set the tone early when he picked off Tom Brady in a season where Brady only threw 4 interceptions in the regular season. Mark Sanchez had one of his best career games on the big stage, tossing 3 touchdown passes. The Jets defense made some timely plays, leading to a major upset victory as the Jets went on to win 28-21. This game happens to mark the last time the Patriots did not make it to the AFC Championship. But, this was the last laugh the Jets have really had in their rivalry with the Patriots, as they’ve been for the most part dominated ever since. The Jets also have not won a playoff game since, but beating a 14-2 team with the league MVP on the road in the playoffs was impressive.
1. January 12th, 1969 (Super Bowl III)- Jets defeat the Baltimore Colts 16-7
In this one, the heavy underdog Jets took on a tough Baltimore Colts team. Critics didn’t exactly give the Jets a chance in this one, but they proved the haters wrong. The Jets had a great plan as they controlled the game by dominating the time of possession with their rushing attack led by Matt Snell. A game in which Joe Namath guaranteed a win before the big matchup, he was right. That guarantee, as well as being the only quarterback to win a Super Bowl wearing a Jets uniform made him one of the most famous athletes in New York, as well as an icon in Jets history. It was one of the biggest upsets in sports history, and it’s unique score of 16-7 keeps the memory of the game whenever a football game today ends in an identical score of 16-7. No win will ever top this Jets victory unless the team wins another Super Bowl, but even so, a heavy underdog Jets team winning the 3rd ever Super Bowl is a very special and treasured victory in franchise history. A important win in Jets history, and an important win that showed an AFL team (Jets), could roll with an NFL team (Colts).