The Jets-Patriots AFC divisional round matchup delivered as advertised. Both on the field and in the ratings.
According to NFL vice president Brian McCarthy, the game was the highest rated divisional game in NFL history.
According to McCarthy, an average of 43.5 million viewers saw the game, beating the 42.7 million that watched Dallas-Carolina on Jan. 5, 1997. Third-highest: Chiefs-Houston on Jan. 16, 1994 (41.1 million).