Ken O’Brien Outlasts Marino (1986)

The Jets began the 1986 season 10-1, before losing their final 5 regular season games. Despite that, and their eventual second round defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Browns, the season did have its share of positive memories. On September 21st, quarterback Ken O’Brien locked horns with budding legend and fellow 1983 NFL Draft alumnus Dan Marino in a classic quarterback shootout. The two men combined for 927 passing yards and 10 touchdowns, but it was O’Brien who had the last laugh in this overtime thriller. He connected with Wesley Walkeron a 43 yard TD strike in overtime to lead the Jets to a stirring 51-45 victory, a rare moment of success for the Jets over the Hall of Fame gunslinger they passed on three years earlier.

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