Tonight, the best Jets team ever tournament continues with 2 Hall of Famers taking the field for a classic battle. The 1969 New York Jets, led by Joe Namath, took on the Curtis Martin-led 1998 Jets. The winner will take on Rex Ryan’s 2009 team in the final, after they upset the 1968 World Champs. To the game we go.
After winning the coin toss, the 1969 Jets marched down the field on the opening drive. The drive took 12 plays over 68 yards, and culminated in a one yard TD pass from Joe Namath to George Sauer, to make the score 7-0 in favor of the 1969 Jets.
After exchanging punts for the remainder of the quarter, we move to the second, where the 1969 Jets set up to punt from the 1998 48 yard line. The 1998 Jets block the punt, and they are in business at the 48 yard line of the 1969 team. A Leon Johnson 34 yard run set 1998 up, and Curtis Martin scored from 10 yards out to tie the game at 7. On the ensuing drive, 1969 strikes right back, with a pass from Joe Namath to Don Maynard, which Maynard runs in for a 40 yard TD. 14-7, 1969.
Late in the quarter, a Joe Namath incomplete pass from the one on fourth down gave the ball to the 1998 team deep in their own territory. On the next play, the 1998 Jets offensive line is beaten badly, and Curtis Martin is buried by two or three guys in his own endzone for a safety, extending the lead to 16-7. The teams exchange field goals at the end of the half, and they head to the locker room with the 1969 Jets leading the 1998 Jets 19-10.