While much of New York’s focus was on its two baseball teams squaring off in the World Series, the Gang Green squared off with the Miami Dolphins on October 23rd, 2000. For the first three quarters, The Dolphins held a seemingly insurmountable 30-7 lead heading into the 4th Quarter. But Vinny Testaverde led a furious comeback that saw New York score 30 points to force a stunned Miami team into overtime. For God’s sake, he even threw a touchdown pass to offensive lineman John “Jumbo” Elliot. The Jets would kick a field goal in overtime, sealing the greatest comeback in the history of Monday Night Football.
The rival New York Giants were only two years removed from winning their first Super Bowl. They still had Lawrence Taylor and a suffocating defense. Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms still led the offense, and all the 10-5 G-Men needed to secure a playoff berth was a win over the 7-7-1 Jets. But on a December day in 1988, the little brothers were up to the challenge. Ken O’Brien‘s 4th quarter TD pass to Al Toon propelled the Jets to a 27-21 victory and ensured that neither New York team would be playing post season football.