Sometimes football is poetic and beautiful. Such was the case when Joe Flacco and the NY Jets pulled off the impossible and came from behind to defeat the Cleveland Browns 31-30 in stunning fashion this past Sunday.
The Jets trailed by 13 points with under two minutes to play and, despite having no timeouts, managed to emerge as the victors. Some of that was down to a few fortunate bounces, but some of it was also due to the play of quarterback Joe Flacco.
Starting in place of the injured Zach Wilson, Flacco put together an impressive performance that rivaled even the best quarterback performances the Jets have seen in years.
In fact, Flacco became the first Jets quarterback to throw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns since Vinny Testaverde did so against the Miami Dolphins in 2000. Testaverde didn't accomplish that in just any game, however.
He did so in the famous Monday Night Miracle game, considered to be one of the greatest comebacks in Jets history. It's only fitting that Flacco repeated that feat 22 years later in a comeback that rivals that game in terms of epicness.
Joe Flacco and the NY Jets' comeback in Week 2 as monumental in more than one way
While we're still only a few days removed from Sunday's unbelievable come-from-behind win, it's not a stretch to suggest that and the Monday Night Miracle are the two greatest comebacks in Jets history.
It's poetic that Flacco's performance was arguably the best (statistically, at least) by a Jets quarterback since that fateful Monday night in East Rutherford.
Since 2000, the Jets had previously only played two games in which they trailed by 13+ points in the fourth quarter which resulted in a victory. The first was the Monday Night Miracle in 2000 while the second was a game against the Dallas Cowboys that was won on a game-winning Nick Folk field goal.
Now, Flacco has helped the Jets secure a third miraculous victory.
Sunday's game made legends out of a handful of Jets players. Braden Mann, Justin Hardee, Will Parks, Ashtyn Davis, and Greg Zuerlein were some of the unlikely heroes from Week 2.
But none will go down in Jets history quite like Joe Flacco. His performance was rivaled only by Testaverde's in the Monday Night Miracle in recent Jets history. I guess football is funny like that sometimes.