2001 Playoffs

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Wild Card Round

Sunday January 12, 2002

Oakland Raiders 38, New York Jets 24

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New York Jets0371424
Oakland Raiders61002238

at Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Game time: 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 53°F (Clear)
  • TV announcers (ABC): Al Michaels (play-by-play), Dennis Miller and Dan Fouts (color commentators)
  • Referee: Dick Hantak
  • Game Attendance: 61,503

The Raiders defeated the Jets in a high scoring shootout, outgaining them in total yards 502 to 410, and holding them off in a wild, 36-point fourth quarter. Quarterback Rich Gannon made 23 of 29 completions for 294 yards and 2 touchdowns. 39-year old Wide receiver Jerry Rice had a superb performance, catching nine passes for 183 yards and a touchdown. His 9 receptions tied a franchise playoff record held by Cliff Branch and Fred Biletnikoff. Running back Charlie Garner ran eighty yards for a touchdown to clinch the game with 1:27 remaining. He finished the game with 156 rushing yards on just 15 carries, along with 3 receptions for 26 yards. Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde threw for 277 yards and 3 touchdowns. Running back Curtis Martin added 106 rushing yards, while receiver Laveranues Coles caught 8 passes for 123 yards.

Testaverde gets sacked
Following a missed field goal by Jets kicker John Hall on the opening drive, Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski made two field goals to give his team a 6-0 first quarter lead. In the second quarter, Hall and Janikowski both made field goals before Oakland scored the first touchdown of the game on a 66-yard drive that ended with Tim Brown's 2-yard touchdown reception to make the score 16-3 with 22 seconds left in the half.

Early in the third quarter, Testaverde narrowed the score to 16-10 with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Wayne Chrebet. Later in the period, Raiders defensive back Johnnie Harris stripped the ball from fullback Richie Anderson and lineman Grady Jackson recovered the ball for Oakland on their own 45-yard line. After a short run by Garner, Gannon's 47-yard completion to Rice moved the ball to the Jets 4-yard line. A few plays later, fullback Zack Crockett scored a 2-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter, giving the Raiders a 23-10 lead. But instead of putting the game away, Crockett's score set off a wild scoring explosion from both teams, who ended up combining for 36 points in the final period as Testaverde desperately tried to rally his team back. The Jets responded by driving 64 yards in 10 plays and scoring with Testaverde's 4-yard touchdown pass to Anderson. But Oakland stormed back with a 68-yard, seven play scoring drive. After a 21-yard completion to Rice and a 20-yard strike to Jerry Porter on third down and 8, Gannon threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Rice with 5:53 left in regulation. Testaverde once again responded, completing a four yard touchdown pass to Chrebet on fourth down and goal to bring the Jets back within a touchdown, 30-24., with 1:57 to go. Because the Jets had two timeouts left, coach Herman Edwards decided not to attempt on onside kick. New York's defense managed to stuff running back Tyrone Wheatley on two consecutive plays, but on third down, Garner took off down the right sideline for an 80-yard touchdown run, the longest in Raiders postseason history. Then he added a 2-point conversion run to close out the scoring.

Scoring

1st quarter

  • OAK - FG Janikowski 21
  • OAK - FG Janikowski 41

2nd quarter

  • NYJ - FG Hall 45
  • OAK - FG Janikowski 45
  • OAK - Brown 2 pass from Gannon (Janikowski kick)

3rd quarter

  • NYJ - Chrebet 17 pass from Testaverde (Hall kick)

4th quarter

  • OAK - Crockett 2 run (Garner run)
  • NYJ - Anderson 3 pass from Testaverde (Hall kick)
  • OAK - Rice 21 pass from Gannon (Janikowski kick)
  • NYJ - Chrebet 4 pass from Testaverde (Hall kick)
  • OAK - Garner 80 run (Garner run)
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