1986 Playoffs

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Wild Card playoffs

December 28, 1986

New York Jets 35, Kansas City Chiefs 15

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New York Jets7147735

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 12:30 p.m. EST
  • TV announcers (NBC): Marv Albert and Bob Griese
  • Game Attendance: 75,212

Quarterback Pat Ryan led the Jets to the victory with 3 touchdown passes. The Chiefs scored first on a 67-yard drive capped by running back Jeff Smith. On their ensuing possession, the Jets faced fourth down and 6 on the Kansas City 33-yard line. Rather than attempt a long field goal, Ryan faked a handoff and rushed for a 24 yard gain. Two plays later, running back Freeman McNeil scored on a 4-yard rushing touchdown. In the second period, Ryan completed two touchdown pass: a 1-yarder to McNeil and an 11-yarder to wide receiver Al Toon. On the first play of the second half, Jets linebacker Kevin McArthur returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown. Ryan later clinched the victory in the fourth period with a 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Billy Griggs. The Chiefs' only scores in the second half was a blocked punt recovery in the end zone, and an intentional safety by the Jets. McNeil finished the game with 135 rushing yards, 3 receptions for 16 yards, and 2 touchdowns.


1st quarter

  • KC - Smith 1 run (kick failed) KC 6-0
  • NYJ - McNeil 4 run (Leahy kick) NYJ 7-6

2nd quarter

  • NYJ - McNeil 1 pass from Ryan (Leahy kick) NYJ 14-6
  • NYJ - Toon 11 pass from Ryan (Leahy kick) NYJ 21-6

3rd quarter

  • NYJ - McArthur 21 interception return (Leahy kick) NYJ 28-6

4th quarter

  • KC - Lewis recovered blocked punt in end zone (kick failed) NYJ 28-12
  • NYJ - Griggs 6 pass from Ryan (Leahy kick) NYJ 35-12
  • KC - Safety, Jennings ran out of end zone NYJ 35-15

Divisional Round

January 3, 1987

Cleveland Browns 23, New York Jets 20 (2OT)

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Cleveland Browns73010323

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time: 12:30 p.m. EST
  • TV announcers (NBC): Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
  • Game Attendance: 79,720

Browns kicker Mark Moseley made the game-winning 27-yard field goal after 2:02 of the second overtime period. The Jets scored first after an 82-yard drive was capped by quarterback Pat Ryan's 42-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Wesley Walker. Cleveland responded by marching 98 yards to score on running back Herman Fontenot's 37-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Bernie Kosar. The score was tied at halftime, 10-10, after the teams exchanged field goals during the second period. In the third quarter, New York kicker Pat Leahy made a 37-yard field goal. Jets running back Freeman McNeil then rushed for a 25-yard touchdown to give his team the lead, 20-10, with 4:14 left in the fourth quarter. But the Browns then drove 68-yards to score on running back Kevin Mack's 1-yard touchdown run, during a drive that was aided by a very untimely roughing the passer penalty on Mark Gastineau of the Jets on an incompletion by the Browns during a 2-and-24 yards play. Kosar then completed a 37-yard pass to wide receiver Webster Slaughter to set up Moseley's game-tying 27-yard field goal with 7 seconds remaining in regulation. Kosar set postseason records for completions (33), attempts (64), and passing yards (483), but threw only 1 touchdown pass and was intercepted twice. Browns tight end Ozzie Newsome caught 6 passes for 114 yards.


1st quarter

  • NYJ - Walker 42 pass from Ryan (Leahy kick)
  • CLE - Fontenot 37 pass from Kosar (Moseley kick)

2nd quarter

  • CLE - FG Moseley 38 CLE
  • NYJ - FG Leahy 46

3rd quarter

  • NYJ - FG Leahy 37 NYJ

4th quarter

  • NYJ - McNeil 25 run (Leahy kick) NYJ
  • CLE - Mack 1 run (Moseley kick) NYJ
  • CLE - FG Moseley 22

2nd overtime

  • CLE - FG Moseley 27 CLE
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