We talk a lot about the rivalry of the Jets vs the Patriots, and for good reason. It has certainly heated up and become one of the fiercest rivalries in sports in recent years. Whenever you have two teams, one representing the Boston area, and one representing New York, they are genetically pre-determined not to like each other. It just comes with the territory.
But what gets lost in the shuffle sometimes, is the rivalry between the Dolphins and the Jets. These are two teams that have gone to war many times, and have never liked each other either. Since the 1980s. these two football teams have played in some memorable football games on both sides. Some of the results have been in our favor, others, as we know, have not.
This morning, let’s take a trip down memory lane to some of these matchups:
October 4, 1981-Both teams were competitive at the same time, for the first time in their history. This led to the first and only tie in the history of the series, 28-28 in Miami. The lead in the went back and forth all game, before Richard Todd hit Bobby Jones with a late TD pass to tie the game at 28, which is where the game ended.
January 23, 1983-The AFC Championship Game, better known as the “Mud Bowl”. It rained all week before the game, and the two teams battled on a waterlogged field at the Orange Bowl. AJ Duhe intercepted Jets’ QB Richard Todd 5 times, as the Jets fell to the Dolphins 14-0. To this day, Jets coach at the time Walt Michaels believes that the Dolphins left the field uncovered for the sole purpose of slowing the Jets down.
November 10, 1985-Mark Duper set a Dolphins team record with 217 yards receiving as he caught his second TD pass from Dan Marino with less than a minute left in the game, to give the Dolphins a 21-17 win.
September 21, 1986-This is a legendary offensive performance, and one of the most memorable in the history of this series. Ken O’Brien and Dan Marino combined for 884 net passing yards, and 10 TDs. O’Brien hooked up with Wesley Walker for 4 TDs, one that tied the game at 45, and one that gave the Jets the 51-45 win. Here are some highlights of that memorable contest, courtesy of the NFL Network:
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