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Jets safety Jamal Adams, coming off strong rookie campaign, passionate about working to be NFL's best. Jets Sam Darnold's first call after winning Jets' starting job was to his parents.
His mom, 'as usual,' was crying. Giants Top 5 players to suit up for the Giants and Jets. Dear Jets fans, Sam Darnold is officially your starting QB, and you are allowed to get excited and enjoy this ride. Jets sign a new wide receiver to their practice squad, and he's quite familiar with QB Sam Darnold.
Jets name Sam Darnold starting QB. Jets cut-down day tracker Jets coach Walt Michaels felt the Patriots were somehow decifering his coaching staff's signals and suspected a rival team had told these codes to the Patriots.
Michaels stewed afterward, "This will never happen to us again. I know what they did, but by the time we figured it out, it was too late. Steve Grogan set a Patriots record with five touchdown throws in a 56—3 Patriots massacre of the Jets at Schaefer Stadium; his touchdown record stood until Tom Brady broke it against the Dolphins in Following the game a scuffle ensued in the crowded locker room between cornerback Raymond Clayborn and Boston Globe writer Will McDonough.
Harold Jackson caught three passes, all for touchdowns. During halftime a Jets win at Shea Stadium, a man from Nashua, New Hampshire was injured and later died after he was struck by a radio-controlled flying lawnmower that stalled in mid-air and crashed into the stands. New England made its first trip to The Meadowlands at 2—2 to face the 3—1 Jets. Jets cornerback Bobby Jackson popped his right hamstring during morning stretching and was lost for the year; coach Joe Walton replaced him with Davlin Mullen , but the Patriots behind passing yards by Tony Eason rolled to a 28—21 win; following three unanswered Patriots scores in the second half Mullen was benched by Walton for rookie Russell Carter.
Following a 44—21 rout by the Miami Dolphins, Patriots coach Ron Meyer fired assistant coach Rod Rust , but he did not have the authority to do so and was fired himself. Raymond Berry , an assistant with Chuck Fairbanks and Ron Erhardt , was hired, and his first game was against the Jets. The Jets bolted to a 10—0 lead and then led 20—6 at the half, but the Patriots led by running back Craig James fought back and scored 24 unanswered points by Tony Franklin , James, Tony Eason, Tony Collins , and Stephen Starring for a 30—20 Patriots win.
Collins later said Berry earned the respect of the locker room in that one weekend. In the first ever playoff meeting between the two clubs, the Patriots traveled to Giants Stadium, surrendered a 7—3 gap in the second quarter, then erupted to 23 points in a 26—14 win, the team's first playoff win since beating the Buffalo Bills in a elimination game to decide the AFL's Eastern Division champ for the AFL Championship game.
The Jets traveled to Sullivan Stadium to take on the 3—2 Patriots and the ensuing game saw memorable performances by Jets running back Johnny Hector and Patriots quarterback Steve Grogan, who was replacing oft-injured starter Tony Eason. Hector rushed for yards and three touchdowns as the Jets erupted to a 24—0 halftime lead, but Grogan, throwing for yards and three scores, led a furious Patriots comeback, but with the Jets holding a tenuous 31—24 led with one minute remaining, Grogan completed a yard strike to Irving Fryar across midfield, but when Fryar was hit by Jets defenders he fumbled the ball to the Jets, securing the Jets win.
Runaway wins were the order of the year. The Jets hosted the Patriots with both teams 3—3 and both wearing throwback uniforms. Future Pats coach Pete Carroll was in his first year heading the Jets while future Jets coach Bill Parcells was in his second season heading the Patriots. Brad Baxter rushed for two touchdowns and Boomer Esiason threw for an additional score despite being sacked six times.
The Patriots lost the turnover battle, coughing up three fumbles and one interception en route to a 24—17 Jets win. The Jets entered this contest at Giants Stadium with just four wins in the period, but raced to a 21—0 second quarter lead after holding Drew Bledsoe 0—4 in completions in the entire first quarter. From there Bledsoe went 24—30 for yards and overcame two interceptions and two sacks. After a Terry Glenn score in the second quarter, his second touchdown came to Ben Coates and tied the game at A Jets field goal made it 27—24 when Bledsoe completed a pass to Coates at the yard line on 4th and 2.
The Jets disputed the ball spot by line judge Charles Stewart the ball spot was also roundly criticized by ESPN but the first down call stood, and Bledsoe found Keith Byars for the game-winning score. A late Jets rally was stopped on an endzone interception by Lawyer Milloy for a 31—27 Patriots win. In the time preceding the game, rumors surfaced that Parcells would seek a coaching job elsewhere with more say in personnel decisions than he had under Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
After the Super Bowl, Parcells resigned from the Patriots, prompting Kraft to believe the Jets had been tampering with Parcells in an attempt for him to resign and take the Jets' vacant head coaching position and have say in the Jets' first overall selection in the NFL Draft.
With Parcells leaving for the Jets, the Patriots hired 49ers defensive coordinator Pete Carroll, who had been Jets head coach in For the first time in over ten years the Patriots and Jets were locked in a serious fight for the AFC East division title. Both teams opened with routs — the Patriots won their game, 41—7, while the Jets triumphed in theirs, 41—3.
The game lead tied or changed seven times as both quarterbacks put up strong numbers but also costly errors — Neil O'Donnell was sacked seven times and fumbled three times, while on the Patriots side Drew Bledsoe threw two INTs, one returned by Mo Lewis for a touchdown.
With the game tied at 24 Jets kicker John Hall lined up for an easy field goal in the final sixteen seconds of regulation, but the kick was blocked.
Adam Vinatieri 's yard kick then won the game for the Patriots, 27—24, in overtime. The Jets won three of their next four over Oakland , Cincinnati , and Indianapolis after the loss, and in the rematch in Giants Stadium on October 19 the Patriots blew a third quarter lead as Adrian Murrell and Lorenzo Neal rushing scores and desperation Bledsoe heaves that fell short sealed a 24—19 Jets win.
From there, however, both teams struggled — the Jets lost three of their next seven games to Miami, Buffalo, and the Colts and in their season finale against the Detroit Lions surrendered rushing yards to Barry Sanders in a 13—10 Lions win; Jets quarterbacks Ray Lucas and Glenn Foley and fullback Leon Johnson combined for three picks.
The Patriots meanwhile lost four of their final nine games to Green Bay , Minnesota , Tampa , and Pittsburgh after their loss to the Jets, but knocked them out of the playoffs with late-season wins over the Jacksonville Jaguars , Indianapolis Colts, and Miami Dolphins twice.
The Patriots thus finished 10—6, while the Jets finished 9—7. After his third season in New England, running back Curtis Martin , the Rookie of the Year , became a restricted free agent. The Patriots placed the highest possible tender on Martin, that would ensure a first-round and third-round draft pick compensation if they did not match a contract offer from another team. It included a clause that would have allowed Martin could become an unrestricted free agent the following season if the Patriots matched the offer, allowing him to leave New England without the Patriots receiving any compensation.
Louis Rams before defeating the 4—1 Patriots in Week Six. From there the Jets surged to their greatest season ever, winning nine of their final ten games their only loss in this period was a 24—23 loss to the Indianapolis Colts and rookie Peyton Manning.
The Patriots meanwhile slumped, losing three of their next four games before last-minute comeback wins over Miami and Buffalo and a 23—9 defeat of Pittsburgh. Drew Bledsoe broke a finger on his throwing hand and after a loss to the St.
Louis Rams backup Scott Zolak took over, leading the Patriots to a last-second 24—21 win over the San Francisco 49ers, but in the season's final game, the Patriots were crushed, 31—10, by the Jets.
Both teams made the playoffs. The Jets and Patriots opened the season in Giants Stadium and the ensuing game became a ferocious affair. Vinny Testaverde tore his left achilles and was replaced by former Patriots punter Tom Tupa , who threw touchdowns to Keyshawn Johnson and Fred Baxter.
Trailing 16—10 at halftime the Patriots scored 17 third quarter points, but the Baxter score and a Bryan Cox touchdown off an interception put the Jets in the lead, 28— Parcells twice called for two-point conversions and they failed; he then put in emergency quarterback Rick Mirer in the game's final three minutes, and a Mirer pass was deflected by Chris Slade and recovered by Ty Law , setting up the game-winning Adam Vinatieri field goal with seven seconds left.
But in the rematch in November the Jets roared to a 24—3 lead and sweated out two fourth quarter Bledsoe touchdowns for the win, and from there both teams went in opposite directions, the Jets slumping to 4—8 and then winning their final four games to finish 8—8, while the Patriots collapsed to 8—8. The season finale for both teams ended in wins, the Patriots defeating the Baltimore Ravens while the Jets, in Parcells' final game as coach, defeated the same Seattle Seahawks against which he'd inaugurated his tenure as Jets coach.
A day after the season, Parcells resigned as head coach of the Jets and made his second retirement from NFL coaching. Belichick then filed an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL in federal court.
The Jets under new coach Al Groh swept the Patriots in ; in the two teams' September matchup in Giants Stadium the Jets rallied from a 19—7 gap in the fourth quarter to win, 20—19, then in October smothered the Patriots in Foxboro Stadium, 34—17, recording four interceptions off Drew Bledsoe. The Jets surged to a 9—4 record but then collapsed in losses to Oakland, Detroit, and Baltimore. The Patriots meanwhile never got untracked en route to a 5—11 season.
Herm Edwards replaced Groh as Jets coach, and in September Drew Bledsoe was badly injured by a hit by Mo Lewis in Foxboro Stadium; with his chest cavity filling with blood an injury requiring hospitalization he was replaced late in the game by backup Tom Brady, but it was not enough to overcome a 10—3 Jets win.
From there, however, the Patriots surged forward, and both teams met in late November in Giants Stadium, the Jets at 7—4 and the Pats at 6—5. The Jets raced to a 13—3 halftime lead, then were shot down by touchdowns by Antowain Smith and a Brady toss to Marc Edwards to go with an Adam Vinatieri field goal and two Vinnie Testaverde picks.
A humiliating 30—3 loss in Miami was followed by a 28—3 loss in Jacksonville; during this game Testaverde failed to complete a pass in four tries and was sacked once; he was thus benched and sophomore Chad Pennington took over under center, finishing with yards and one INT. From there, however, the Jets came to life. Against the Kansas City Chiefs Pennington completed 22 passes for yards and two touchdowns as the game lead tied or changed eight times; the Chiefs won on a Trent Green touchdown 19 yards to Priest Holmes with 27 seconds left.
The Jets now began winning in an unusually competitive NFL season, beating the Minnesota Vikings, 20—7, as they won six of nine games entering their Week 16 showdown with New England. With both teams coming off losses the Patriots lost to Tennessee on Monday Night Football while the Jets were beaten in Chicago , the resurgent Jets shot down the Patriots, 30—17, and suddenly with both teams 8—7 the final week of the regular season became a dizzying conundrum; the Patriots needed to beat the Miami Dolphins and have the Green Bay Packers defeat the Jets to win the AFC East, their only chance of a playoff berth; the Jets needed a Patriots win and to beat the Packers to win the division and thus make the playoffs, while Miami needed to win to make the playoffs.
The Patriots rallied from down 24—13 in the final five minutes to force overtime and defeat the Dolphins, 27—24; the Jets game against Green Bay started on time with overtime in Foxboro approaching; Brett Favre had thrown a long incompletion on a neutral-zone infraction by the Jets just as the winning FG in the Patriots game took place; when the game was decided the crowd at Giants Stadium exploded in cheers. From there the Jets rolled over the Packers, 42—17, knocking Miami and New England out of the playoffs and winning the AFC East, only their second division crown since the merger.
The Jets followed up by crushing the Indianapolis Colts, 41—0, in the wildcard round, but then fell to the Oakland Raiders, 30— Chad Pennington was injured in the Jets' preseason game against the Giants and missed half of the year.
He returned in the latter half of but the 2—4 Jets could only salvage a 6—10 record. For the season Pennington stayed healthy and the Jets roared to a 5—0 start including a point comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers before falling to the Patriots in Foxboro, 13—7.
The Patriots surged to 12—2 when they met the Jets in the Meadowlands for the season rematch and triumphed, 23—7. The Patriots finished 14—2 again and the Jets finished 10—6, securing a wildcard playoff berth; responding to criticism of that fact Herm Edwards pointedly read the letter from NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue informing the club of their playoff berth to reporters.
The Jets once again clamped down on their opponent and despite giving up a fourth-quarter touchdown forced two Roethlisberger interceptions, but Doug Brien's field goal tries late in the game failed. Getting the ball in overtime the Steelers drove downfield and ended the game on a Jeff Reed field goal, ending the Jets' best chance at a Super Bowl since Injury once again plagued Pennington and was another lost year with a 4—12 Jets record and yet another season sweep by the Patriots; in a 16—3 win in Foxboro the Pats' Adam Vinatieri passed Patriots legend Gino Cappelletti for first on the team's all-time list for points scored.
The Jets responded to the season by releasing Herm Edwards. Despite the sweep of the Jets, the Patriots fell to 10—6 and were bounced by the hated Denver Broncos in the playoffs. After graduating from Wesleyan University , Eric Mangini was hired as a low-level assistant by the Cleveland Browns , who had former Wesleyan football coach Kevin Spencer on their coaching staff.
Also a Wesleyan alumnus, Belichick, then head coach of the Browns, met Mangini in the Browns' training camp and promoted him to a coaching assistant. Tori Petry gives you the game recap and the highlights from the Lions' Week 2 matchup against the 49ers. Austin works in sales for a candy company and is a Detroit Lions cheerleader. Get to know her in this week's Cheer Spotlight. Tianna is a dance instructor with the D.
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