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New York Jets Throwback Thursday: Jets vs. Bills 1972

By Alan Schechter

For this week’s edition of “Throwback Thursday”, we are reaching quite deep into the annals of New York Jets history to bring you some footage oa an AFC East rivalry.

We have all either lived through, read about, or learned through our parents, that following the Super Bowl III appearance, the Jets didn’t see the playoffs for many years afterwards. However, one of their better years was 1972. They finished second in the AFC East with a 7-7 record(only 14 games were played back then), and they finished second in the league in offense with an average of 26.2 points per game.

Two of the wins were thanks to a sweep of the Buffalo Bills. In the week 1 matchup in Buffalo, John Riggins ran for 125 yards and 1 TD, while holding OJ Simpson to under 50 yards, enroute to a 41-24 win. In the week 9 rematch at Shea Stadium, John Riggins and Emerson Boozer ran for 1 TD each, and Joe Namath added 2 more through the air as the Jets blew out the Buffalo Bills, 41-3.

This week we bring you highlights of both games, courtesy of the NFL highlights, narrated by Pat Summerall.

First the week 1 game:

And now, the blow out at Shea Stadium in NY:

It’s fun to look back at some old moments, isn’t it? The Jets looked pretty good here, even though 1971 ended in only a 7-7 record. As the second best scoring team, this team showed flashes. Just not often enough.