2002 Playoffs

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Wild Card Round

Saturday January 4, 2003

New York Jets 41, Indianapolis Colts 0

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at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 4:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 35°F (Cloudy)
  • TV announcers (ABC): Brent Musburger (play-by-play) and Gary Danielson (color commentator)
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • Game Attendance: 78,524
Richie Anderson scores
In his playoff debut, quarterback Chad Pennington completed 19 of 25 passes for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns as he led the Jets to a shutout victory over the Colts. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was limited to 14 out of 31 (45.2 percent) completions for 137 yards, with 2 interceptions.

On New York's fifth play of the game, fullback Richie Anderson caught a screen pass from Pennington and took off down the left sideline for a 56-yard touchdown, the longest play in Jets postseason history. Indianapolis responded by driving deep into Jets territory, with Manning completing three passes to Marvin Harrison for 38 yards, but the drive stalled and Mike Vanderjagt missed a 41-yard field goal attempt.

In the second quarter, Jets kicker John Hall kicked a 41-yard field goal. Then Ray Mickens recovered a fumble from Troy Walters on the ensuing kickoff on the Colts 39-yard line, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by LaMont Jordan. Later in the period, the Jets increased their lead to 24-0 with Pennington's 4-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss, who made a leaping catch in the back of the end zone with 37 seconds left in the half.

Early in the third quarter, Hall kicked another field goal on the end of a drive that was set up by a 70-yard kickoff return from receiver Chad Morton. Later on, Pennington threw his third touchdown pass, a 3-yard toss to rookie tight end Chad Baker, and Jordan, who finished the game with 102 rushing yards, closed out the scoring with his second 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.


1st quarter

  • NYJ - Anderson 56 pass from Pennington (Hall kick)

2nd quarter

  • NYJ - FG Hall 41
  • NYJ - Jordan 1 run (Hall kick)
  • NYJ - Moss 4 pass from Pennington (Hall kick)

3rd quarter

  • NYJ - FG Hall 39
  • NYJ - Baker 3 pass from Pennington (Hall kick)

4th quarter

  • NYJ - Jordan 1 run (Hall kick)

Divisional Playoff

Sunday January 12, 2003

Oakland Raiders 30, New York Jets 10

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at Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Game time: 4:30 p.m. EST/1:30 p.m. PS]
  • Game weather: 61°F (Mostly cloudy)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)
  • Referee: Dick Hantak
  • Game Attendance: 62,207

Chad Pennington's dream season came to an end as the Jets quarterback threw two interceptions, lost two fumbles, and was sacked four times (twice by Rod Coleman). Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns as Oakland pulled away from a 10-10 halftime tie by forcing four consecutive turnovers and scoring twenty consecutive second half points. Aided by a 15-yard run from Curtis Martin and a 20-yard pass interference penalty on Charles Woodson, John Hall's 38-yard field goal gave the Jets an early 3-0 lead before he was matched by a 29-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski to tie the game. On the Jets next drive, Oakland lineman Travian Smith forced and recovered a fumble from Pennington on New York's 27-yard line. On the next play, running back Charlie Garner fumbled the ball, but Oakland guard Frank Middleton recovered it, and fullback Zack Crockett ended up scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run a few plays later. But Pennington led the Jets back, completing 8 of 9 passes for 51 yards on an 81-yard drive that took 7 minutes off the clock and ended with his 1-yard touchdown pass to Jerald Sowell, tying the game with 22 seconds left in the first half. Early in the third quarter, Raiders defensive back Tory James intercepted a pass from Pennington on the Jets 45-yard line. Gannon then went downfield, hitting Tim Brown with a 16-yard completion and then throwing a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Rice. New York turned the ball over on downs with their next possession, and Gannon once again went to work, completing a 50-yard strike to Jerry Porter and finishing the drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Rice, increasing the Raiders lead to 24-10. Then the Jets turned the ball over again when Richie Anderson fumbled a handoff on their ensuing drive. New York defensive back Damien Robinson intercepted a pass from Gannon on the next play, but Oakland's Eric Barton returned the favor with an interception of his own, setting up a 34-yard Janikowski field goal. Janikowski later added another field goal with less than five minutes left in the game.


1st quarter

  • NYJ - FG Hall 38
  • OAK - FG Janikowski 29

2nd quarter

  • OAK - Crockett 1 run (Janikowski kick)
  • NYJ - Sowell 1 pass from Pennington (Hall kick)

3rd quarter

  • OAK - Porter 29 pass from Gannon (Janikowski kick)

4th quarter

  • OAK - Rice 9 pass from Gannon (Janikowski kick)
  • OAK - FG Janikowski 34
  • OAK - FG Janikowski 31
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