(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
It was a late Thursday evening in Foxboro, Mass., when the Jets and Patriots hooked up for a battle for first place.
Brett Favre led the Jets out to an impressive lead, but that advantage was later relinquished late in the fourth quarter, and overtime was imminent.
The Jets were victorious, and they officially took over first place in the AFC East.
The next week, they went to Tennessee to battle the undefeated Titans. The Jets handed the Titans their first loss of the season in surprising fashion, winning 34-13.
At that point in the season, the Jets were 8-3 and in first place in the AFC East.
But over the next five games, the Jets would lose four of them against sub-par competition, causing them to miss the playoffs and end the season in disappointing fashion.
Brett Favre has since retired, and the Jets fired head coach Eric Mangini and hired Rex Ryan, the heralded defensive expert and coordinator from Baltimore.
Ryan will aim to put last season in the rear-view mirror and concentrate on this season with a whole slew of new weapons.