In Mark Sanchez' rookie season of 2009, the Jets entered Week 15 as front-runners to claim the last AFC wild-card spot.
A win would have virtually locked up a playoff berth for New York, but the offense could not put any together against a Falcons defense that had previously struggled.
Gang Green's defense was as stingy as ever, allowing only three points in the game's first 58 minutes. However, Matt Ryan led a methodical drive in the final moments, and he connected with tight end Tony Gonzalez for a touchdown.
The score locked up the game for the Falcons, as they went on to win 10-7.
Mark Sanchez was awful in the crucial contest, as he threw three critical interceptions. New York's offense could not squander a single point inside the 20, despite being in the red zone three times.
Short-Term Heartbreaking Rate: 7/10
The loss seemed to have ended New York's season, as head coach Rex Ryan announced that the team had been eliminated from postseason contention.
Long-Term Heartbreaking Rate: 1/10
In the long term, however, the Jets were not affected by the loss. After an unlikely turn of events, New York managed to squeak into the playoffs. Therefore, although this game was heartbreaking, it did not cost the Jets in the long-term.