2004 Playoffs

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Wild Card Round

Saturday January 8, 2005

New York Jets 20, San Diego Chargers 17 (OT)

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at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

  • Game time: 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m.PST
  • Game weather: 55°F (Slight drizzle)
  • TV announcers (ABC): Al Michaels (play-by-play) and John Madden (color commentator)
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • Game Attendance: 67,536
Doug Brien - Hero
The Jets entered the game after losing their last two regular season games, but managed to defeat the Chargers with a Doug Brien field goal in overtime. This game proved to be close and competitive, featuring numerous key plays in the fourth quarter and in overtime that kept it going utill 14:55 had elasped in the extra period.

New York took the opening kickoff and drove to the Chargers 11-yard line. But San Diego's defense kept them out of the end zone and Brien missed a 31-yard field goal attempt. In the second quarter, San Deigo drove 88 yards and scored with Drew Brees' 26-yard touchdown pass to Keenan McCardell, which was initially ruled an incompletion, but overturned to a touchdown after a replay challenge. Later in the quarter, a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty against the Chargers on a punt gave New York the ball on the San Diego 37-yard line. Five plays later, quarterback Chad Pennington completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Becht, tying the game at 7. On their ensuing drive, the Chargers mounter a scoring threat by moving the ball to the Jets 37-yard line, but Reggie Tongue intercepted a pass from Brees and the score remained tied at halftime. After forcing a punt on the opening second half drive, Pennington completed three consecutive passes for 68 yards, the last one a 47-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss. Then after forcing a punt, New York drove 42 yards in eight plays, featuring two receptions by Curtis Martin for 33 yards and scored with a 42-yard field goal from Brien, giving them a 17-7 lead going into the fourth quarter. In the final period, the Chargers managed to rally back. First they drove 54 yards in 12 plays and scored with a 35-yard field goal by Nate Kaeding. The Jets responded with a drive to San Diego's 33-yard line, Pennington threw an incomplete pass on third down and they decided to punt rather than risk a 51-yard field goal. The Chargers subsequently moved the ball 80 yards in 10 plays to tie the game on a thrillng drive in which they nearly turned the ball over twice. One the first play, Brees fumbled the ball while being sacked by linebacker Jonathan Vilma, but he recovered it himeself. Then he completed a 21-yard pass to tight end Antonio Gates to pick up the first down. One play later, he completed a 44-yard pass to Gates at the Jets 22-yard line. Two runs by LaDainian Tomlinson for 13 yards and a 7-yard run by Brees brought up third down on the Jets 2-yard line. After Tomlinson was tackled for a 1-yard loss, A fourth-down pass Brees with under 20 seconds left fell incomplete into the end zone, but Jets linebacker Eric Barton was penalized for roughing the passer, giving the Chargers a first down from the one-yard line. Brees threw a touchdown pass to Gates on the following play, sending the game into up overtime. After an exchange of punts in overtime, the Chargers drove to the Jets 22-yard line, but Kaeding missed a 40-yard field goal attempt late in the extra period, allowing the Jets to come back down the field. Two Pennington completions for 29 yards and a 19-yard run by LaMont Jordan then set up a 28-yard field goal from Brien with five seconds remaining in overtime. Pennington completed 23 of 33 passes for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns. Moss finished the game with 4 receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown. Brees completed 31 of 42 passes for 319 yards and 2 touchdowns, with 1 interception. Tomlinson rushed for 80 yards and caught 9 passes for 53 yards.


2nd quarter

  • SD - McCardell 26 pass from Brees (Kaeding kick)
  • NYJ - Becht 13 pass from Pennington (Brien kick)

3rd quarter

  • NYJ - Moss 47 pass from Pennington (Brien kick)
  • NYJ - FG Brien 42

4th quarter

  • SD - FG Kaeding 35
  • SD - Gates 1 pass from Brees (Kaeding kick)


  • NYJ - FG Brien 28

Divisional Round

Saturday January 15, 2005

Pittsburgh Steelers 20, New York Jets 17 (OT)

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at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 4:30 p.m. |EST
  • Game weather: 28°F (Fair)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Dick Enberg (play-by-play) and Dan Dierdorf](color commentator)
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • Game Attendance: 64,915
Doug Brien - Goat
The Jets came out on the losing end of this overtime game when placekicker Doug Brien missed two consecutive field goals at the end of regulation, setting an NFL record of 3 missed game winning field goals in a single post-season. The Jets offense performed poorly, only managing 3 points. Despite a subpar performance by Steelers' rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers managed to win after Jeff Reed made a game-winning 33-yard field goal 11:04 into the extra period. Steelers running back Jerome Bettis finished the game with 101 rushing yards and a touchdown, along with a 21-yard reception.

The Steelers opened up the scoring with a 43-yard field goal by Reed. Then after the ensuing kickoff, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu intercepted a pass from Chad Pennington and returned it 15 yards to the Jets 25-yard line, setting up a 3-yard touchdown run by Bettis. New York Responded with a 42-yard field goal from Brien on their next drive to cut their deficit to 10-3. Later in the second quarter, Jets receiver Santana Moss returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown to tie the game. Midway through the third quarter, Jets defensive back Reggie Tongue intercepted a pass from Roethlisberger and returned it 86 yards for a touchdown. On Pittsburgh's next drive, they drove all the way to New York's 23-yard line. But then Bettis fumbled the ball and New York's Erik Coleman recovered it. After forcing a punt, the Steelers drove into scoring range for the third consecutive drive, this time scoring with Roethlisbeger's 4-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward, tying the game at 17. The Jets responded with a drive inside the Steelers 30-yard line, but Brien missed a 47-yard field goal attempt with 2 minutes left in regulation. Two plays later, New York defensive back Barrett, David|David Barrett]] gave his team another chance to score the winning points by intercepting a pass from Roethlisberger and returning it 25 yards to Pittsburgh's 36-yard line. However, on 3rd and 8 yards, the Jets then inexplicably took a kneel, increasing the distance for Doug Brien to kick. Brien then the game-winning field goal, this one from 43 yards, as time expired in the fourth quarter, and the game went into overtime. The Jets won the coin toss, but were forced to punt. Pittsburgh then drove 72 yards in 14 plays and won the game with a 33-yard field goal from Reed.


1st quarter

  • PIT - FG Reed 35
  • PIT - Bettis 3 run (Reed kick)

2nd quarter

  • NYJ - FG Brien 42
  • NYJ - Moss 75 punt return (Brien kick)

3rd quarter

  • NYJ - Tongue 86 interception return (Brien kick)

4th quarter

  • PIT - Ward 4 pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick)


  • PIT - FG Reed 33
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