The five biggest games

in Jets history

Jan. 12, 1969

Super Bowl III:

Jets 16, Colts 7


With the American Football League nearing the end of the line and still getting little respect from the NFL, the Jets came into the title game against the Colts as 18-point underdogs. But Joe Namath guaranteed the Jets would win the game, and they did just that, upsetting the Baltimore Colts at the Orange Bowl behind Namath's 206 passing yards, Matt Snell's 121 rushing yards and one touchdown, and the defense picking off Earl Morrall and Johnny Unitas a combined four times.

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Jan. 23, 1983

AFC Championship Game: Dolphins 14, Jets 0

Dubbed the "Mud Bowl" because of drenching rains that fell in south Florida, the Jets were shut out by the Dolphins and missed a chance at the Super Bowl. Torrential rains during a 72-hour storm doused the field, and the teams played to a scoreless first half. Jets quarterback Richard Todd threw five interceptions, three of them to linebacker A.J. Duhe, who returned one of them 35 yards for a touchdown.

Jan. 3, 1987

Divisional playoff: Browns 23, Jets 20, 2OT

The Jets were one step away from the AFC Championship Game, and held a 10-point lead over the Browns with less than five minutes to play at Cleveland Stadium. But a key roughing-the-passer penalty on defensive end Mark Gastineau kept a late drive alive, and the Browns tied the score in regulation. The game went into a second overtime, and kicker Mark Moseley, who missed a 23-yard field-goal attempt in overtime, kicked a 27-yard winning field goal 2:02 into the second extra session.

Jan. 17, 1999

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AFC Championship Game: Broncos 23, Jets 10

After putting together the most dominant regular-season performance of his career, Vinny Testaverde led the Jets to the doorstep of the Super Bowl against the Broncos in Denver in what would be John Elway's final home game. The Jets built a 10-0 lead early in the third quarter, but the Broncos scored 23 unanswered points. Terrell Davis ran for 167 yards and a touchdown, and the Broncos capitalized on six turnovers.

Jan. 24, 2010

AFC Championship Game: Colts 30, Jets 17

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In the first season for both head coach Rex Ryan and quarterback Mark Sanchez, the Jets advanced to the AFC title game against the Colts in Indianapolis with consecutive road wins over the Bengals and Chargers. The Jets built a 17-6 lead in the second quarter, but Sanchez and the offense were shut out in the second half as the Colts stormed back and won.