New York Jets: Ranking the Most Important Wins in Jets History

No NameContributor IIIMay 21, 2011

New York Jets: Ranking the Most Important Wins in Jets History

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 26:  Vinny Testaverde #16 of the New York Jets runs off the field holding the ball he threw for a touchdown to teammate Laveranues Coles against the New England Patriots on December 26, 2005 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherf
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    Sure, the Jets have won only one Super Bowl in their history, and no, us Jets fans don't need any reminding of that.

    But even with all the championship-less years, Jets fans have had to put up with, we've also seen our fair share of thrilling victories and monumental games.

    As the current NFL lockout looms, let's take a second to look back on the most important victories in Jets' history.

5. January 15, 1983: Jets 17 Raiders 14

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 2:  Running back Freeman McNeil #24 of the New York Jets runs the ball during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Jack Murphy Stadium on December 2, 1990 in San Diego, California.  The San Diego Chargers won 38-17  (Photo by
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    With only 3:45 left in a second-round playoff game against the No. 1 seeded Raiders, Scott Dierking scored the winning touchdown, sending the Jets to the AFC Championship Game against their divisional rival, the Miami Dolphins.

    Freeman McNeil rushed for over 100 yards, and Wesley Walker added a touchdown to the mix.

    Although the Jets lost to the Dolphins in the AFC Championship Game, this was a big moment for Gang Green and the closest the Jets would get to a second Super Bowl in the 80s.

4. December 29, 2002: Jets 42 Packers 17

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 29:  Quarterback Chad Pennington #10 of the New York Jets celebrates victory over the Green Bay Packers and winning the AFC East championship at Giants Stadium on December 29, 2002 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets wo
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    The game itself wasn't very competitive, but there's no doubt that this thrilling Week 17 win for the Jets wasn't one of the most important in their history.

    Heading into the game, the Jets and their fans had pretty much come to the conclusion that they'd be missing out on the NFL Playoffs that year. But a late rally by New England to beat Miami in the early game of the day allowed the Jets to go from zero to hero, with a win over the Packers securing their sole possession over the AFC East.

    When news came over the video board at the Meadowlands midway into the first quarter, the stadium erupted and Chad Pennington led a furious rally to completely outplay Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers.

    Jets fans arrived at the stadium that day unsure of the playoffs but left with a divisional title. 

3. October 23, 2000: Jets 40 Dolphins 37

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 26: Quarterback Vinny Testaverde #16 of the New York Jets looks to pass during the game against the New England Patriots on December 26, 2005 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Patriots defeated the Jets 31
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    In what has been considered by many to be one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history, Vinny Testaverde and the New York Jets finally got the Miami Dolphins back for the 1994 "fake spike" game by leading a furious rally and scoring 23 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to tie the game and force overtime. In OT, the teams traded touchdowns before John Hall kicked away the winning field goal.

    Although the Jets failed to make the playoffs that year, this game's importance is undeniable.

    No one will ever forget Jumbo Elliot's face after catching "the cheeseburger in the end zone." 

2. January 16, 2011: Jets 28 Patriots 21

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Braylon Edwards #17 and Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrate on their way to defeating the New England Patriots 28 to 21 victory over the New England Patriots during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillet
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    Still fresh in everyone's memory, the Jets' most recent playoff victory over the Pats in Foxborough was absolutely monumental, no doubt about it.

    It's still too early to tell, but Jets fans everywhere are hoping that this victory was a sign of things to come in the following years.

    Rex and his army of soldiers talked big trash, won smart and moved on.

    Even though the Jets fell short the following week in Pittsburgh, this win against New England will live on in Jets lore for years to come.

1. January 12, 1969: Jets 16 Colts 7

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 26:  Former Jets quarterback Joe Namath chats with former Jets wide receiver Don Maynard (L) during halftime festivities celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Jets' win over the Colts in Super Bowl III during the game betwe
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    Did anyone have any doubt what No. 1 would be?

    The only Jets Super Bowl victory is easily the most important win in New York Jets' history.

    All Jets fans can hope for is another ring next season to overtake this spot.