1998 Playoffs

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Divisional Round

Sunday January 10, 1999

New York Jets 34, Jacksonville Jaguars 24

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at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 12:30 p.m.EST
  • Game weather: 39°F (Clear)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play) and Randy Cross (color commentator)
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • Game Attendance: 78,817

Curtis Martin scored 2 TDs
Quarterback Vinny Testaverde passed for 284 yards as the Jets held the ball for 39:16. Receiver Keyshawn Johnson caught 9 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 28 yards and a touchdown, recovered a fumble, and intercepted a pass on defense near the end of the game when he was brought in as an extra defensive back. Jets running back Curtis Martin rushed for 124 yards, caught 6 passes for 58 yards, and scored 2 touchdowns. Jacksonville receiver Jimmy Smith caught 5 passes for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns. Quarterback Mark Brunell threw 3 touchdown passes, but was held to just 12 of 31 completions for 156 yards and intercepted 3 times.

Johnson's 21-yard touchdown reception on the opening drive of the game was the only score from either team in the first quarter. Most of the second quarter belonged to the Jets, who held the ball for all but 51 seconds of the period and added 10 points to their lead. First, John Hall made a 51-yard field goal. Then on New York's next drive, Martin lost a fumble that linebacker Chris Hudson initially recovered on the Jaguars 18-yard line. But during the return, he fumbled while attempting a lateral to teamate Dave Thomas as he was being tackled by Testaverde, and Johnson recovered the ball on New York's 34-yard line. The Jets then drove back into Jacksonville territory and scored with Johnson's 10-yard run. However, Brunell threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Smith on the last play of the half, cutting the score to 17-7. Early in the third quarter, Jets defensive back Corwin Brown intercepted a pass from Brunell on third down and returned it 40 yards. On the ensuing drive, Testaverde's 23-yard completion to Johnson set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Martin. However, Jacksonville's Reggie Barlow returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards, setting up a 3-yard touchdown pass from Brunell to Keenan McCardell and cutting their deficit to 24-14. New York struck right back, with Testaverde throwing for 70 yards on a six minute drive then ended with Martin's second touchdown to put them up 31-14 going into the fourth quarter. But Jacksonville refused to give up. First, Brunell threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Smith. Then a fumble from Jets receiver Wayne Chrebet set up a field goal from Mike Hollis, brining the Jaguars to within one touchdown, 31-24. New York responded by driving inside the Jacksonville 20-yard line. With 2:30 left in the game, rookie safety Donovin Darius intercepted a pass from Testaverde in the end zone, but instead on kneeling down for a touchback, he attempted to return the ball and was tackled at the one yard line. Jacksonville was unable to get a first down on their ensuing drive and turned the ball over on downs. A few plays later, Hall kicked a field goal to put the game away.


1st quarter

  • NYJ - K. Johnson 21 pass from Testaverde (Hall kick)

2nd quarter

  • NYJ - FG Hall 52
  • NYJ - K. Johnson 10 run (Hall kick)
  • JAC - Smith 52 pass from Brunell (Hollis kick)

3rd quarter

  • NYJ - Martin 1 run (Hall kick)
  • JAC - McCardell 3 pass from Brunell (Hollis kick)
  • NYJ - Martin 1 run (Hall kick)

4th quarter

  • JAC - Smith 19 pass from Brunell (Hollis kick)
  • JAC - FG Hollis 37
  • NYJ - FG Hall 30

Championship Game

Sunday January 17, 1999

Denver Broncos 23, New York Jets 10

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at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Game time: 4:00 p.m.EST/2:00 p.m.MST
  • Game weather: 51°F (Windy)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • Game Attendance: 75,482
Terrell Davis ran for 167 yards
In John Elway's last home game of his career, he completed only 13 of 34 passes. However, running back Terrell Davis, the NFL MVP in 1998, ran for 167 yards and a touchdown, and Denver capitalized on 6 turnovers (two interceptions by defensive back Darrien Gordon and four fumbles) by the Jets to overcome a 10-0 deficit. Jets running back Curtis Martin was held to just 14 rushing yards on 13 carries. New York quarterback Vinny Testaverde threw for 356 yards, but no touchdowns and was intercepted twice.

Both teams blew scoring opportunities throughout the first half. The Jets took the opening kickoff and drove deep into Denver territory, only to have John Hall miss a 42-yard field goal attempt. New York forced the Broncos to punt on their ensuing possession, and Dave Meggett gave his team good field position with a 33-yard return. However, Martin lost a fumble on the Broncos 44-yard line and defensive back Tyrone Braxton recovered it. Then Denver took the ball and drove all the way to the Jets 1-yard line, only to give it back when linebacker Mo Lewis deflected Elway's pass on a fourth down conversion attempt. In the second quarter, Broncos punter Tom Rouen fumbled a snap and was downed on the Denver 43-yard line. New York subsequently drove to the 18-yard line, but then fullback Keith Byars fumbled the ball and linebacker John Mobley recovered it. On their next drive, New York opened up the scoring with Hall's 32-yard field goal. Then early in the second half, the Jets tight end Blake Spence blocked a punt and recovered it on the Broncos 1-yard line. On the next play, Martin scored a 1-yard touchdown run to increase their lead to 10-0. However, Denver stormed back with 23 unanswered points. On their ensuing possession, Elway completed a 47-yard pass to Ed McCaffrey. Two plays later, his 11-yard touchdown pass to Howard Griffith cut the score to 10-7. Then the Broncos caught a lucky break when the ensuing kickoff bounced back in their direction and was recovered by linebacker Keith Burns, setting up Jason Elam's 44-yard field goal to tie the game. The next time Denver got the ball, Elam kicked another field goal, giving the Broncos their first lead of the game. With time running out the third quarter, Gordon's 36 yard punt return gave the Broncos great field position. A few plays later, Davis' 31-yard touchdown burst 18 seconds into the fourth quarter gave them a 20-10 lead. Later in the period, Elam kicked a 35-yard field goal to close out the scoring.


2nd quarter

  • NYJ - FG Hall 32

3rd quarter

  • NYJ - Martin 1 run (Hall kick)
  • DEN - Griffith 11 pass from Elway (Elam kick)
  • DEN - FG Elam 44
  • DEN - FG Elam 48
  • DEN - Davis 31 run (Elam kick)

4th quarter

  • DEN - FG Elam 35
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