The Patriots and Jets face off this week, in New Jersey. With both teams coming off a bye week, but looking at completely different goals for the season; The Patriots eyeing a Super Bowl and the Jets a top 5 pick in the draft. This game doesn’t scream classic, especially with a weak Jets team due to injuries and Brady’s record coming off a loss is 35-7 all time. Due to this looking like a straightforward Patriots win; here are some famous games between these two to show you what this rivalry is all about.
It was 22nd of November 2012, the 108th meeting between these two. The whole of America was celebrating Thanksgiving, basking in Turkey and football. This game was the first broadcast of a Thanksgiving game on primetime for NBC. Such were the stakes around this a 30-second advert cost $975,000. It was here on this night that the legend of Mark Sanchez withered and died like a flower without sunlight. It was already 14-0, the Patriots sapping the life out of the Jets. When it happened and darkness from then on has rained down on the Jets.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez at his own 31-yard line took the ball, read the play wrong and after seeing he had no one to hand the ball too decided to run forwards to the line of scrimmage. It was here he ran into the behind of guard Brandon Moore and fumbled the ball. Patriots safety Stephen Gregory picked up the ball like he’d seen a pot of gold and ran it into the end zone. It was then in front of 20 million people watching, that “The Butt Fumble” was born. The game after that was a blowout. The Patriots scored 21 points in 52 seconds of the game. The Jets folded like a cheap suit in the rain; were down 35-0 at halftime and mercilessly lost 49-19.
2010 AFC Divisional Round
Having defeated the Peyton Manning-led Colts in the wildcard, the Jets headed to Foxborough to play the Patriots. Under the guidance of Head Coach Rex Ryan, Gang Green had gone 11-5 in the regular season and won their first playoff game since 2004. The Patriots looked like their usual behemoth selves, going 12-4 in the regular season. Brady playing out of his mind. The Patriots had only lost once at home in the playoffs ever under Brady and Belicheck but the Jets made it twice.
With great play from their defence, who intercepted Brady for the first time in 339 attempts and got 5 sacks. Their running backs played well with LaDainian Tomlinson and Shaune Greene both scoring a touchdown each. But it was a spectacular touchdown catch by Santonio Holmes in the back corner of the end zone, that’s remembered as the best play of the game. The Jets walked out of Foxborough headed to their second consecutive AFC championship in two years.
2001 Week 2
This game changed the landscape of the NFL. It changed NFL history. This game was the first played by any team since the 9/11 attacks. As well as being the Patriots home opener for the 2001 season, where the legend of Tom Brady was born. In a tightly fought contest between these two, a bone-jarring hit by Mo Lewis. Lewis hit Drew Bledsoe the starting quarterback for the Patriots at the time so hard, that Bledsoe received a collapsed lung and internal bleeding from the hit. His injury gave way for Tom Brady to play in this game, for the rest of the season and ultimately towards becoming the greatest quarterback of all time.
The Jets may have won this game 10-3, leaving the Patriots with a 0-2 record. But in the end, Tom Brady used this opportunity to become one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Meanwhile, since 2001, the Jets have had 14 different players start at quarterback. The Patriots now have 5 Super Bowl titles to their name and the Jets haven’t been to the Super Bowl since 1969.
Alex Riley is a 49ers fan who’s followed the game since 2010. He’s currently at the University of Leicester. You can find him on Twitter at @NFLRiley and his blog at www.rileynfl.wordpress.com
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