Dec 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. New York Jets defeat the New England Patriots 26-20 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Jim O
The NY Jets had a turnaround season. Ending with a 10-6 record, the Jets have plenty to be proud of, especially these five incredible games of 2015.
All year long we sit and wait in anticipation for the football season to begin. Although it was early in the season, after a season opening victory against the Cleveland Browns, the Jets looked to be finally playing like a real team.
After a London game bye in Week 5, the Jets entered Week 7 with a 4-1 record. After a Week 11 loss to the Houston Texans, the Jets went 5-0 in their next slate of games.
By Week 16, the Jets were still in the running for the last Wild Card position and after another victory, they needed one win and they were in. Unfortunately, the Jets ended their season after the Pittsburgh Steelers took the Wild Card spot when the Jets lost to the Buffalo Bills in their season finale.
It was a heart breaking end of season that still leaves a sour taste in my mouth. However, from 4-12 in 2014 to 10-6 this season, the Jets left us with more positive memories than seasons in the past. Let’s take a look at the top five games of 2015 for the Jets.
Next: 5. This playoff team was no challenge
Oct 18, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) catches a touchdown pass as Washington Redskins corner back Bashaud Breeland (26) defends during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
5. Washington Redskins
Before Kirk Cousins decided he was going to take the Washington Redskins to the NFL Playoffs, he had to defeat the Jets. And with Pierre Garcon scoring in the first couple minutes of the showdown, the Jets immediately knew the Redskins meant business.
The Jets strike back, and with only three minutes left in the first quarter, Chris Ivory runs for a touchdown. By the second quarter both teams had posted three points for field goals and with only two seconds left in the half, the Redskins take the lead 13-10.
The Jets dominated the third quarter; a Nick Folk field goal and Brandon Marshall for a touchdown plus we can’t forget the infamous Ryan Fitzpatrick 18-yard run for a touchdown. The Jets close the quarter 27-13.
By now, morale was high and the boys were on fire. Only two minutes into the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick finds Eric Decker for the clutch pass and a touchdown. The Jets finish the game with a victory, 34-20.
Next: 4. This game was a blowout
Dec 13, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) runs the ball against Tennessee Titans defensive back Perrish Cox (29) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Titans 30-8. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
4. Tennessee Titans
Talk about a blowout! During the Jets verses Tennessee Titans game, the Titans forgot to show up to work. By the end of the first quarter, the Jets led 10-0 with a touchdown from Decker and a field goal from Randy Bullock.
The domination didn’t end in the second quarter when Bullock added another three points with a field goal. After that, the Jets posted 14 more points with touchdowns from Bilal Powell and Marshall.
Up by 27, the Jets stayed quiet during the second half. In the third quarter, the Titans added eight points to the board with a touchdown and two-point conversion.
Just to taunt the Titans a bit more, Bullock kicks a field goal in the fourth quarter that added three more points to the Jets unstoppable victory. The Jets ended this game 30-8.
Next: 3. Talk about a fish out of water
Nov 29, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) chases Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) during the second half at MetLife Stadium.The Jets defeated the Dolphins 38-20. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
3. Miami Dolphins
It was an early Sunday morning when the Jets took on the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London. The international travel seemed to have no effect on the boys as the Jets dominated the first half of the game.
The first quarter touchdown by Ivory set the tone for the rest of game. A couple of field goals from Nick Folk and an Decker touchdown closed the first half with the Jets on top 20-7.
The Jets didn’t stop there. They added seven more points to the board with a touchdown from Zac Stacy. The Jets made a statement in London ending the game 27-14 in this divisional game.
As if the London victory was not enough, the Jets swept the Dolphins this season after a 38-20 victory over the Dolphins in Week 12. It’s no wonder a particular head coach of the Dolphins was fired after each of our match-ups.
Next: 2. A New York state of mind
Dec 6, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) catches a game-tying touchdown in front of New York Giants corner back Prince Amukamara (20) and New York Giants safety Craig Dahl (43) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Giants 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
2. New York Giants
Every four year,s the Jets take on their brothers, the New York Giants. After a pre-season win, the Jets hoped to win when it really mattered.
The second half was nail biter as the Giants eventually surpassed the Jets. But wide-outs Marshall and Decker stepped up and the Jets tied the game for overtime. The Jets won the game thanks to a missed field goal by Big Blue.
This was also Powell’s first touchdown of the season for the Jets and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Let’s not forget how great it felt to know we beat our “big” brothers, something the Jets hadn’t done since 1993.
Next: 1. An over-time game to remember
Dec 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Patriots 26-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
1. New England Patriots
The Jets home game against division rivals the New England Patriots is easily the highlight of the season. Especially in 2015 when the Jets lost to the Patriots previously earlier in the year; they were coming for vengeance.
Both teams were quiet in the first quarter before Bullock added three points for a field goal. In the second quarter, the Jets forced the Patriots to kick a field goal, where the Jets followed it with a touchdown from Marshall. The Jets closed the half with the lead 10-3.
In the second half, the Patriots added some points ending the third quarter, Jets 17-13. In anticipation, everyone watched as the Patriots scored a touchdown for the tie which would bring this game into overtime.
In an odd coin toss call, the Patriots defer the ball, giving the Jets the first over-time possession. Although the Patriots had no faith in our offensive line, they fell short to the Jets in Decker’s first over-time touchdown. The Jets beat Tom Brady and his bunch 26-20 in what ended up being one of the best memories of 2015 for fans everywhere.