Throwback Thursday: New York Jets vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 1986 Playoffs

By Alan Schechter

Feb 2, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Former NFL player Freeman McNeil signs autographs during the Taste of the NFL at the New Orleans Convention Center prior to the Super Bowl XLVII. The Taste of the NFL is a non-profit organization dedicated to kicking hunger in America by rallying the countrys best chefs and the NFLs greatest to support hunger relief. Over the past 22 years, the Taste of the NFL has distributed more than $14 million to food banks through its national Super Bowl event called The Party with a Purpose. Additional funds are raised through local events held with teams in many NFL markets throughout the year. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

This week’s edition of Throwback Thursday goes out to us thirty something’s and older, like our good buddy Brian.

This week, we go back 28 years, to a matchup between the Jets and the Chiefs that took place during the Wild Card playoffs. In 1986, the Jets took off like gang busters, breaking out to a 10-1 record. But then, injuries took the Jets to a very bad place, causing them to lose their last five games of the season, to finish the season at 10-6.

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Ken O’Brien was benched in favor of Pat Ryan, who started the game against the Chiefs. After the Chiefs opened the scoring in the first quarter with a one yard TD by Jeff Smith, the Jets answered with two Freeman McNeil touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving. They broke the game open with an 11 yard touchdown pass from Pat Ryan to Al Toon, making the lead 21-6 in favor of the Jets at halftime.

They widened the lead with a defensive touchdown, and the Jets won the game going away by a score of 35-13. The Jets moved on to the divisional playoff game against the Browns, which many of us feel sick about to this day. Here is the box score from the Wild Card game:


Team Stats

Passing, Rushing, & Receiving

Defense & Returns

Kicking & Punting