In the end, it was Rex Ryan's former team that killed his chance of reaching the postseason.
The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Detroit Lions, 18-16, on Monday Night Football -- and eliminated the Jets from playoff contention in the process.
At 6-8, the Jets were a longshot to make the postseason after Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte. They needed several teams AFC teams to help them out -- but at the very least, they needed Detroit to defeat the Ravens.
But that didn't happen.
So now, with the playoffs no longer an option, the Jets have a new goal for 2013: trying to end the season at .500.
Ryan said he showed the playoff scenario to his players during their meeting and that the Jets were fully aware of what was at stake on Monday Night Football.
"Are we aware that Detroit needs to beat Baltimore for us to be alive? Yeah, we’re aware of it, there’s no doubt," he told reporters. "I don’t care how small the chances of getting in (are). I think this league has proved that you’ve just got to get in. I don’t know what the percent is. (If there’s) a one percent chance of getting in then, by gosh, we’re going for it. We’ll see tonight. There might be (a) zero percent chance if tonight doesn’t go right.
"Our guys certainly are aware of it and I’m sure we’ll all be cheering for Detroit."
Unfortunately for the Jets, the Lions didn't take care of their own business.
The the defending Super Bowl-champion Ravens eked out the win thanks to Justin Tucker's career-long 61-yard field goal with 38 seconds. Baltimore also was aided by Matthew Stafford's three interceptions.