Ever since Rex Ryan steamrolled into town vowing that he wouldn't kiss Bill Belichick's rings, Jets-Patriots has become one of football's biggest rivalries. Here are a few things you may not know about the history between the two teams.
1. The all-time series is more even than one would think. How even? Heading into Sunday's game, the teams have a 52-52-1 record (including three playoff games).
2. Joe Namath had a big hand in keeping the series close, going 15-4-1 against the Patriots.
3. The Jets set their single-game rushing record on Oct. 15, 1972, in a 41-13 win over New England, piling up 333 yards. John Riggins ran for 168 yards, while Emerson Boozer gained 150, marking the only time in team history that two backs ran for 150 or more yards in the same game.
4. The precursor to every Jets nightmare occurred in the second game the teams ever played, in 1960. After defeating Buffalo the previous week, the Jets - then known as the New York Titans - held a 24-21 lead against the Patriots. But on the final play, punter Rick Sapienza fumbled the snap and Patriot Chuck Shonta scooped it up, running 52 yards for the winning points. Same Old Titans.
Jeff Freier writes for SB Nation New York and is the the author of “Jets Underground: Wahoo, Joe Willie, and the Swingin’ Swaggerin’ World of Gang Green.”