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2001: 9-7 (Wild Card) The Jets beat the (Credit: AP Photo (2002))

2001: 9-7 (Wild Card)
The Jets beat the Raiders in the final week of the season to earn a playoff spot, then flew back to Oakland the next week for the Wild Card game. Trailing 16-10 heading into the fourth quarter, the Jets allowed 22 points and lost, 38-24.

Jets playoff history

Jets fans know the pain and anguish of following a team that last won a Super Bowl in 1969. Have a look at the Jets' playoff history.

1968: 11-3 (AFC East and Super Bowl III
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1968: 11-3 (AFC East and Super Bowl III Champions)
The standard by which all Jets are judged. Of course, it's been more than 40 years since Joe Namath made the boldest of all sports predictions, then actually backed it up with a 16-7 win over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.

1969: 10-4 (AFC East champions)The defending Super Bowl
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1969: 10-4 (AFC East champions)
The defending Super Bowl champion Jets -- wow, what a phrase! -- won their final two games of the season to claim another division title, but lost in the first round of the playoffs to Kansas City, 13-6.

1981: 10-5-1 (Wild Card)The Jets won their final
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1981: 10-5-1 (Wild Card)
The Jets won their final two games of the season to earn a playoff spot, then lost to the Buffalo Bills in the first round, 31-27.

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1982: 6-3 (Wild Card)It's been more than 25
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1982: 6-3 (Wild Card)
It's been more than 25 years and Jets fans are still mad at this one. In the AFC Championship game, quarterback Richard Todd completed 15 passes to Jets receivers and 5 passes to Miami Dolphins defenders. Does the name A.J. Duhe ring any unharmonious bells, Jets fans?

1986: 10-6 (Wild Card) Maybe this is where
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1986: 10-6 (Wild Card)
Maybe this is where "Same Old Jets" started? The Jets began the season 10-1, then dropped five straight to squeak into the playoffs as the wild card. They beat the Chiefs, 35-15, in the opening round, then blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost to the Cleveland Browns in overtime, 23-20, in the divisional round.

1991: 8-8 (Wild Card)An overtime win against Miami
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1991: 8-8 (Wild Card)
An overtime win against Miami in the final game -- thank you, Raul Allegre! -- put the Jets in the playoffs. They then lost to the Houston Oilers, 17-10.

1998: AFC East champions (12-4) The Jets, coached
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1998: AFC East champions (12-4)
The Jets, coached by Bill Parcells, beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 34-24, in the divisional round, then lost to the Denver Broncos, 23-10, in the AFC Championship.

2001: 9-7 (Wild Card) The Jets beat the
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2001: 9-7 (Wild Card)
The Jets beat the Raiders in the final week of the season to earn a playoff spot, then flew back to Oakland the next week for the Wild Card game. Trailing 16-10 heading into the fourth quarter, the Jets allowed 22 points and lost, 38-24.

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2002: 9-7 (AFC East champions) The Jets, in
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2002: 9-7 (AFC East champions)
The Jets, in Herman Edwards' second season as coach, won the AFC East on the final Sunday, then destroyed the Indianapolis Colts in the first round, 41-0. But, once again, the Oakland Raiders ended the Jets' season with a 20-point second half en route to the 30-10 win in the divisional round.

2004: 10-6 (Wild card)After beating the San Diego
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2004: 10-6 (Wild card)
After beating the San Diego Chargers in the first round, 20-17, in overtime on a field goal by Doug Brien, he turned around the next week and delivered arguably the most heartbreaking of all the Jets' historic and classic meltdowns. Brien missed two field goals in the final 2:02 as the Jets lost to Pittsburgh in overtime, 20-17.

2006: 10-6 (Wild card)The 2006 Jets, in head
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2006: 10-6 (Wild card)
The 2006 Jets, in head coach Eric Mangini's first year, won their final three games of the season to earn a wild card spot. They lost to those pesky New England Patriots in the first round, 37-16.

2009: 9-7 (Wild card)In an up-and-down season with
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2009: 9-7 (Wild card)
In an up-and-down season with a rookie head coach (Rex Ryan) and rookie quarterback (Mark Sanchez), the Jets pasted the Cincinnati Bengals, 37-0, in the final game of the season to earn the wild card. After defeating the same Bengals in the AFC Wild Card game, they shocked San Diego in the divisional round thanks to a big game from Shonn Greene and three missed field goals by the Chargers' Nate Kaeding. The dream ride ended in the AFC Championship game, as Peyton Manning threw for 377 yards and two touchdowns and the Colts beat the Jets, 30-17.

2010: 11-5 (Wild card) For the second straight
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2010: 11-5 (Wild card)
For the second straight year, the Jets struggled to find consistency in the regular season, but managed to sneak into the playoffs. In a daunting road to the AFC Championship game, Gang Green managed to first knock off Peyton Manning and the Colts, then Tom Brady and the Patriots, both on the road. However, Rex Ryan's group couldn't stop the Jets' Super Bowl slump, as Ben Roethlisberger ended New York's road trip in Pittsburgh, 24-19.

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