Patriots vs Jets
When the Patriots & Jets get together you know you'll see an entertaining game regardless of the current standings. These division rivals leave it all on the field when they play.
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The New York Jets and the New England Patriots have been rivals since both teams were incepted into the AFL in 1960. The teams first met on September 7th, 1960 on New Yorkâ€™s Polo Grounds when they were known as the New York Titans and the Boston Patriots. The Patriots would have a comeback win in the game to defeat the Titans 24-21.
One of the wildest meetings between the two teams occurred in the 1976 regular season when the Patriots, who had now moved to Foxboro, hosted the Jets in a game on Monday night. Fans at Schaefer Stadium became drunk and unruly which lead to items being tossed on the field. Mass arrests occurred and offenders ended up being cuffed to a chain-link fence when other spaces became too congested. Steve Grogan, Sam Cunningham and the rest of the Patriots backfield would rush for a combined 330 yards rushing in a 41-7 crushing of the Jets.
On November 10th, 1996 the Jets would begin the game by stifling Patriotsâ€™ quarterback Drew Bledsoe to 0-4 passing for the entire first quarter as they put up a 21-0 nothing lead. In the remaining three quarters Bledsoe would go 24-30 with 297 yards passing. Despite two sacks and two interceptions, Bledsoe threw the game tying touchdown to Ben Coates to make it 24-24. Coates would also make the eventual game winning touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. The Jetsâ€™ comeback hopes would be dashed with just seconds remaining when Lawyer Milloy made an interception in the end zone.
It could be argued that Bill Belichick is to blame for the second ignition of this New York-Boston rivalry. After the 1999 season, Belichick was named head coach of the New York Jets but announced his resignation at what should have been the press conference announcing he had been hired. Rumors were flying that Belichick had been speaking with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the Jets denied him the right to speak with other teams. When the dust had settled the Patriots had traded their first round pick of the 2000 draft for the rights to Belichick. It seems to have been the right move, too: the Patriots are 20-9 against the Jets in the Bill Belichick Era.
The Patriots lead the all-time series 54-52-1 including leaving the Jets winless in their last three meetings.