On Sunday the New York Jets will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in an attempt to improve their record to 2-2.The Jaguars enter with a record of 2-1 after a dominating performance against the previously undefeated Baltimore Ravens in London. They are the only team in the NFL that ranks in the top five in total defense and total offense.
This will be the 12th regular season meeting between these two teams, with the Jaguars holding a 6-5 edge. The franchises have also met once in the postseason—in the 1998 Divisional Round—which the Vinny Testaverde-led Jets won 34-24.
While there isn’t a ton of history between these two teams, they have had some memorable matchups.
In celebration of the game on Sunday, here are the top five meetings between the Jets and Jaguars.
Nov. 8, 2015 at MetLife Stadium: Jets 28, Jaguars 23
Four Jacksonville turnovers were the difference in New York ending its two-game losing streak.
With the Jaguars ready to get the ball back down 21-16, Nick Marshall fumbled a punt to give the Jets the ball deep in Jaguars territory. Three plays later, Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Brandon Marshall for a 20-yard touchdown with 2:41 remaining.
The Jags quickly struck back with a TD pass from Blake Bortles to Bryan Walters with 2:16 remaining to cut the lead to five. When the Jaguars forced the Jets to a three-and-out, Bortles, who threw for a career-high 381 yards, had one last chance to rally the Jags.
Taking over at their 8-yard line with 1:05 left in the game, Bortles’ first pass of the drive was intercepted by Marcus Williams to seal the game for the Jets.
Oct. 13, 1996 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium: Jaguars 21, Jets 17
The winless Jets dropped their seventh-straight game, becoming the first team to lose to both expansion teams that entered the NFL in 1995 (the Carolina Panthers and Jaguars).
Jumping out to a 14-3 lead did nothing for the Jets, who were unable to continue their momentum as the Jaguars scored 18 consecutive points to take a 21-14 lead.
After a Nick Lowery field goal cut the lead to 21-17, the Jets had a chance to add to the Jaguars season-long fourth-quarter failures when they took over at their 37-yard line with 1:37 remaining.
Jets QB Frank Reich connected with Wayne Chrebet on a 32-yard reception to move the Jets to the Jaguars 31, but that’s where the drive stalled. The Jaguars defense forced four straight incompletions to hold on for the win.
Nov. 15, 2009 at Giants Stadium – Jaguars 24, Jets 22
Both teams entered the game at 4-4 with the winner having the advantage in a possible tie-breaker for a playoff berth.
After falling behind 21-10, the Jets were able to rally. When Thomas Jones scored from 1-yard out, the Jets had a 22-21 lead with 5:04 remaining.
David Garrard and the Jaguars offense then took over at their own 17-yard line with 4:56 on the clock. Garrard led a masterful drive with a key 33-yard completion to Mercedes Lewis, setting up the Jaguars at the Jets 14-yard line at the two-minute warning.
Knowing the Jags needed just a field goal to win, Jets coach Rex Ryan ordered his defense to allow the Jaguars to score a TD. Ryan had used two timeouts earlier in the game due to 12-men being on the field and knew Jacksonville was going to run the clock out and kick the game-winning field goal.
But Gang Green’s D didn’t get the message and tackled Maurice Jones-Drew at the 10-yard line. An agitated Ryan used the Jets last timeout and reiterated his request to allow the Jaguars to score.
But Jones-Drew outsmarted everyone, kneeling at the one-yard line rather than take an easy touchdown to keep the clock moving.
Two plays later, Josh Scobee kicked a game-winning 22-yard field goal as time expired to hand the Jets their fifth loss in their last six games.
Sept. 25, 2005 at Giants Stadium: Jaguars 26, Jets 20
In a back-and-forth game that saw the Jets lose both their starting and backup quarterbacks, the Jaguars defeated the Jets in overtime.
Chad Pennington was the first QB to go down as his surgically repaired right arm was injured again on a sack by Paul Spicer.
After the Jets took a 14-10 lead on a James Reed 33-yard fumble return for a TD, Jay Fiedler replaced Pennington on the Jets next possession. However, Fielder was injured on a 16-yard completion to Justin McCareins.
By this time the Jets had fallen behind 20-14. Not wanting to trust the game to rookie third-stringer, Brooks Bollinger, head coach Herm Edwards went back to Pennington, who insisted he was able to go back in.
Despite his determination, Pennington’s ability to throw was greatly compromised. Passes over 10 yards were difficult. But he gutted it out, and when he hit Wayne Chrebet for a 7-yard TD with 1:24 remaining, it looked to give the Jets a late lead. Replay officials overturned the call, however, saying Chrebet never had possession and the Jets settled for a Mike Nugent 25-yard field goal to force overtime.
The teams traded turnovers in overtime before Jags QB Byron Leftwich connected with Jimmy Smith for the game-winning 36-yard TD.
Jan. 10, 1999 at Giants Stadium: Jets 34, Jaguars 24
Finishing with a 12-4 record, the New York Jets won their first-ever AFC East title. After defeating the New England Patriots in the Wild Card Round, the Jaguars headed to New York for the Divisional Round.
The Jets offense dominated the first half and when Keyshawn Johnson scored on a 10-yard run with 40 seconds remaining, the Jets looked like they would take a 17-0 lead into halftime.
However, Mark Brunell hit Jimmy Smith on a 52-yard Hail Mary as time expired in the first half to shock the Jets.
Jacksonville was able to cut the Jets lead to 31-24 after Mike Hollis kicked a 37-yard field goal with 6:38 remaining. The Jets then looked to put the game away when they drove into field goal territory with under 2:30 remaining.
But a Donovan Darius interception of Jets QB Vinny Testaverde at the one-yard line gave Jacksonville a second life. The Jets defense stiffened though, holding Jacksonville on downs and setting up John Hall’s 30-yard field goal to secure the win.
Keyshawn Johnson had a game for the ages. He finished with nine receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown, two rushes for 28 yards and a touchdown, a fumble recovery and an interception.
Jack Manders of the 1937 Chicago Bears remains the only other player to catch a touchdown, run for a touchdown, recover a fumble and intercept a pass in an NFL Playoff game.
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