Throwback Thursday: Chad Pennington Leads the Jets Over the Colts 41-0

By Alan Schechter

Chad Pennington was huge in leading the Jets to victory in the 2002 Wild Card game against the Colts.

It’s Thursday evening, so it’s time for a throwback Thursday.

We are going back to the 2002 Wild Card game for this one.

Chad Pennington was around the Jets website this week, as he spoke with Eric Allen about how this season was Rex’s best year as the head coach of the team.  He talked about Geno Smith and had other thoughts about the team in the short video, courtesy of the team website.

So, it seemed prudent to throw it back to Chad’s days with the team.

The day was January 4, 2003, and the Jets were hosting the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Car game.  The Colts were a win better than the Jets at 10-6, but the Jets won the AFC East, earning the right to the home game.

Being in attendance, I can tell you that I have never heard a stadium louder before, or since.  Anytime Peyton Manning came to the line to make his adjustments that he is so famous for, the volume went to another level, one that just couldn’t be stopped.  There was no way he could be heard.

The final reflected the difficulties, as the Jets dominated the game, winning by a score of 41-0.  Take a look at the box score:


Team Stats

Passing, Rushing, & Receiving

Defense & Returns

Kicking & Punting