New York and Boston have been battling for bragging rights since the early days of America, when the Knickerbockers and the Pilgrims squared off in feats of strength. Here are New York’s top 25 wins over its sporting rival to the north:
1. Giants 17, Patriots 14, Super Bowl XLII, 2008: The unbeaten Patriots were huge 12 point favorites over the Giants, who had to win three playoff road games just to get to the Super Bowl. But the New York pass rush battered Tom Brady all game and after a miracle connection with David Tyree, Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning hit Plaxico Burress with the winning touchdown with just 35 seconds remaining.
2. Yankees 5, Red Sox 4, AL East Playoff, 1978: In 1978, the Yankees trailed the Red Sox through most of the summer, at one point trailing by 14 games in July. But the Yanks caught fire, buoyed by September’s Fenway massacre, and the two teams wound up tied. In the one game playoff, Bucky Dent hit a three-run homer just over Fenway’s wall and Goose Gossage preserved New York’s win.
3. Mets 6, Red Sox 5, 10 Innings, Game 6, World Series, 1986: The Red Sox were within one strike of their first World Championship in 68 years when the Mets roared back. Two-out singles by Gary Carter, Kevin Mitchell and Ray Knight plated one run, a wild pitch let in the tying run and then Mookie Wilson’s dribbler went through the legs of first baseman Bill Buckner as Knight raced home with the winning run.
4. Yankees 6, Red Sox 5, 11 Innings, Game 7, ALCS, 2003: The Red Sox took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but manager Grady Little left Pedro Martinez out to dry and the Yankees rallied to tie the score. The game remained tied into the last of the 11th, when Aaron Boone, above right, hit knuckleballer Tim Wakefield’s first pitch into the lower stands in left field to give the Yankees the pennant.
5. Yankees 5, Red Sox 3, 1949: The Red Sox needed only a split in the final two games of the season at Yankee Stadium to win the AL pennant. In the Saturday game, the Yankees came back from a 4-0 deficit to win 5-4 on Johnny Lindell’s home run in the eighth. The next day, Jerry Coleman’s bases-clearing double helped the Yankees to a 5-0 lead in the eighth and they held on to win the pennant.
6. Knicks 94, Celtics 78, Game 7, NBA Eastern Conference Finals, 1973: The Celtics had never lost a Game 7 anywhere, let alone home, and had clawed back from a 3-1 deficit to force the decisive showdown in Boston. Behind a 16 point third period by Walt Frazier and the defensive work of Dean Meminger, the Knicks pulled away to advance to the NBA finals, where they beat the Los Angeles Lakers.
7. Jets 28, Patriots 21, AFC Divisional Round Playoff, 2011: Following a 45-3 loss to the Patriots in the regular season, the Jets were big underdogs against the top-seeded Pats going into the AFC divisional round playoff in Foxboro. But Mark Sanchez threw three touchdown passes—to LaDainian Tomlinson, Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes—to lead the Jets to the upset victory.
8. Yankees 15-3, 13-2, 7-0, 7-4, Fenway Massacre, 1978: The surging Yankees had already shaved 10 games off Boston’s one time 14 game lead when they arrived in Boston in early September. Four days later, the two teams were tied after the Yankees hammered out 42 runs and 77 hits against Boston’s beleaguered staff.
9. Knicks 121, Celtics 114, Game 5, First Round, NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs, 1990: The Celtics and Larry Bird won the first two games in the best of five series, including a 157-128 win in Game Two. But the Knicks behind Patrick Ewing, left, rebounded to win two games at home and the decisive final game in the Boston Garden.
10. Rangers 6, Bruins 3, Game 5, First Round, NHL playoffs, 1973: The Rangers avenged a loss to the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals the previous season. Rookie Steve Vickers scored a hat trick to lead the Blueshirts. These two Original Six franchises haven’t faced off in the playoff since.
11. No-Hitters: Yankees pitchers have thrown three no-hitters at the Red Sox: George Mogridge in 1917 (first no-no in Yankee history), Allie Reynolds in 1951 (his second of the year) and Dave Righetti in 1983 on the Fourth of July, George Steinbenner’s 53rd birthday. (Cy Young pitched the only Red Sox no-hitter against New York back in 1908, when they were known as the Highlanders.)
12. Knicks 113, Celtics 104, 2 OTs, 1985: The Miracle on 34th Street, as the Knicks came from 25 points down to beat the Celtics in double overtime…on Christmas Day.
13. Yankees 4, Red Sox 1, 1923: Yankee Stadium opens to pomp, circumstance and the first home run in the new yard—by Babe Ruth, fittingly enough, in the house that he built.
14. Jets Rout Patriots: Throughout their years in the AFL and AFC, the Jets have had some huge routs of the Patriots, most notably 48-14 in 1968, 42-7 in 1990 and 45-7 in 1993.
15. Yankees 15, Red Sox 10, 1950: Opening Day at Fenway Park, Red Sox take a 9-0 lead. But the Yanks explode for nine runs in the eighth—rookie Billy Martin had two hits and three RBIs in the inning—and spoil the opener for Boston.
16. Yankees 1, Red Sox 0, 1961: On the final day of the season, a sunny Sunday at Yankee Stadium, Roger Maris belted his 61st home run against Tracy Stallard to break Babe Ruth’s record.
17 . Rangers 4, Bruins 1, Game 6, NHL Semifinals, 1940: The Rangers eliminate the Bruins in six games, right, and go on to win the Stanley Cup. It would be 54 years before they won another.
18. Knicks 111, Boston 103, Game 5, NBA Eastern Conference Finals, 1972: The Knicks finish off the Celtics 4-1 and move on to face the Los Angeles Lakers.
19. Yankees 12, Red Sox 11, 10 Innings, 1996: The Yankees rally from behind three times and finally win it in the 10th on rookie Derek Jeter’s two-out single to score Wade Boggs.
20. Yankees 4, Red Sox 3, 10 Innings, Game 1, ALCS, 1999: Bernie Williams takes Rod Beck deep and sends the Yankees on their way to another pennant…and World Series.
21. Rangers 7, Bruins 4, 1979: Traded from the Bruins to the Rangers four years earlier for a package that included Brad Park and Jean Ratelle, Phil Esposito returns to burn Boston with four goals.
22. Yankees 22, Red Sox 1, 2000: The Yankees scored 16 runs in the last two innings and handed the Red Sox their most lopsided home loss ever.
23. Jets 34, Patriots 31, OT, 2008: This may have been Brett Favre’s signature moment as a Jet. He was brilliant in the fourth quarter and overtime, displaying the old Favre magic, to give the Jets the win.
24. Rangers 9, Bruins 0, 1969: The Rangers erupt at Madison Square Garden, scoring three goals within 38 seconds in the final period to punctuate the romp.
25. Knicks 82, Celtics 75, Game 4, NBA Eastern Division Finals, 1953: Knicks finish off Celtics 3-1 and move on to face the Minneapolis Lakers.