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Jets fans everywhere watched in horror as Vinny Testaverde rolled in agony on the Meadowlands turf in the 1999 season opener. The Jets best chance to reach the Super Bowl rolled out with Testaverde, who did not play another down that season.
Worst: 1999 - Patriots 30, Jets 28
Without a doubt the most damaging season opener in team history as Jets fans watched Vinny Testaverde tear his Achilles diving for a fumble by Curtis Martin. After reaching the AFC Championship game in 1998, the Jets loaded up by adding veterans such as Steve Atwater in the hope of reaching the Super Bowl.
In addition to their 1999 season going down the drain, this was also the final season for Bill Parcells, who retired after the final game. With Bill Bellichick set to take over as coach, he shocked the Jets and resigned before officially accepting the job, to take over as head coach of the Patriots.
The Patriots drafted Tom Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft and 13 years later Jets fans are still cursing his name as he and Brady have led the Patriots to nine AFC East titles, five AFC titles and three Super Bowl championships.
Best: 1997 - Jets 41, Seahawks 3
After washing themselves clean of the Rich Kotite seasons, the Jets entered a new era with two-time Super Bowl champion Bill Parcells as head coach.
Opening the season in Seattle, the Jets thoroughly dominated the Seahawks as Neil O'Donnell threw for 270 yards and five TD.
Parcells would turn around a 1-15 team in 1996 to a 9-7 team in 1997. The next season the Jets would win their first AFC East title in team history.