2006 Game by Game

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2006 - Regular Season Record: 10-6
09/10/06 at Tennessee 23-16
09/17/06 New England 24-17
09/24/06 at Buffalo 28-20
10/01/06 Indianapolis 31-28
10/08/06 at Jacksonville 41-0
10/15/06 Miami 20-17
10/22/060 Detroit 31-24
10/29/06 at Cleveland 20-13
11/12/06 at New England 17-14
11/19/06 Chicago 10-0
11/26/06 Houston 26-11
12/03/06 at Green Bay 38-10
12/10/06 Buffalo 31-13
12/17/06 at Minnesota 26-13
12/25/06 at Miami 13-10
12/31/06 Oakland 23-3
01/07/07 Wild Card at New England 37-16

The 2006 Season in detail.

Contents

Week 1: at Tennessee Titans

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New York Jets0133723
Tennessee Titans01001616

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT/12:00 PM CDT
  • Game weather: 85°F (Partly cloudy)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Solomon Wilcots
  • Game attendance: 69,143

Game Summary

After the teams traded punts on the first four possessions of the game, Chad Pennington led the Jets on a 9-play, 76-yard drive, aided by a pass-interference call on Titans linebacker Peter Sirmon that negated an interception by defensive back Reynaldo Hill, capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run from Kevan Barlow.

After another Titans punt, Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher grew impatient with starting quarterback Kerry Collins, pulling him in favor of rookie quarterback Vince Young] Young drove the Titans to the Jets' 32-yard line, but underthrew receiver David Givens on the next play, and Andre Dyson intercepted. Pennington drove the Jets into the Titans' red zone, completing a 10-yard pass to Sean Ryan, but Ryan was hit hard by Keith Bulluck and fumbled, with Tennessee recovering. However, two plays later, the Jets would get the ball right back, as Collins, inserted back into the game, was intercepted by Dyson, his second of the quarter. Setting up shop at the Titans' 36-yard line, the Jets would capitalize, as Pennington threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery with 18 seconds left in the first half, but kicker Mike Nugent shanked the extra-point attempt wide right to leave the Jets with a 13-0 halftime lead.

Tennessee's woes in the passing game continued as soon as the second half started, with Collins getting intercepted again, this time by Kerry Rhodes, who returned the ball 25 yards to the Tennessee 22. Nugent nailed an 18-yard field goal as the drive stalled at the one-yard line. On the Jets' next possession, Pennington drove to the red zone again, but Nugent missed a 34-yard field goal attempt wide right. On the Jets' next possession, Pennington appeared to find Cotchery on a 2-yard touchdown pass, but the touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty on D'Brickashaw Ferguson. When the drive stalled, Nugent missed another field goal, hitting the right upright from 30 yards out.

Tennessee finally capitalized, with Travis Henry] scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run with 10:48 left in the game. Tennessee went for two, and brought in Young. Young's pass intended for Bobby Wade was incomplete, but Jets defensive back Derrick Strait was flagged for pass interference, giving the Titans second life. They would take advantage, with Collins handing off to Henry for the conversion. After a trade of punts, the Jets took over on their own 11 with 7:28 to go. On third down, Pennington was sacked by Cortland Finnegan, and Tennessee's Randy Starks recovered at New York's 1-yard line. Tennessee went for two and converted, with Collins finding Drew Bennett open, and the game was tied, 16-16.

The Jets came right back, first with Justin Miller returning the ensuing kickoff 41 yards, and then Pennington steadily driving downfield, finding Chris Baker on the 12-yard touchdown pass to cap a 7-play, 57-yard drive. The Jets had to hold on because on the next possession, Collins found Bennett on a 26-yard completion moving the ball to midfield, and he then completed long passes to Ben Troupe and Wade to move the ball to the Jets' 12-yard line with 1:11 to play. The Jets locked down, and on 4th-and-6 from the Jets' 8-yard line, Collins' pass for Bo Scaife was knocked away by Rhodes, ending the game.

Scoring Summary

2nd Quarter

  • NYJ - Barlow 1 run (Nugent kick), 13:17.
  • NYJ - Cotchery 8 pass from Pennington (kick failed), :17.

3rd Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 18, 12:47.

4th Quarter

  • TEN - Henry 3 run (Henry run), 10:46.
  • TEN - Henry 1 run (Bennett pass from Collins), 5:58.
  • NYJ - Baker 12 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), 2:10.

Week 2: vs. New England Patriots

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New England Patriots7107024
New York Jets0014317

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 4:15 PM EDT
  • Game weather: 84°F (Sunny)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Dick Enberg and Randy Cross
  • Game attendance: 77,595

In the week leading up to the matchup of 1-0 teams, bad blood brewed between the two teams when the Patriots filed tampering charges against the Jets for former wide receiver Deion Branch. The Patriots stated that while the Jets had permission to negotiate a contract with Branch, any trade talks were to be solely between the teams. They claimed that because Branch and his representatives had knowledge of what was being offered in a trade, the Patriots' negotiating position was compromised.

Game Summary

After both teams punted on their first possessions, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led the Patriots on an 11-play, 82-yard drive, capped by Corey Dillon's 1-yard touchdown run. Following another Jets punt, Brady led New England on an 87-yard drive capped by rookie kicker Stephen Gostkowski's 20-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead. The game turned when Jets punter Ben Graham shanked a 10-yard punt booting from his own 40, giving Brady and the Patriots the ball at midfield with 1:01 to go in the half. Aided by big completions to Troy Brown (14 yards) and Benjamin Watson (23 yards), with 20 seconds to play, Brady found Chad Jackson on a 13-yard touchdown pass that appeared to break the Jets' backs.

On the Jets' first drive of the second half, they were faced with a 4th-and-1 from their own 46-yard line. Coach Eric Mangini risked going for it, but running back Kevan Barlow was stopped at the line for no gain. Aided by two costly Jets penalties, a pass-interference call on Victor Hobson and a defensive holding call on Erik Coleman, New England drove to the Jets' 1-yard line, where rookie running back Laurence Maroney punched the ball in for a 24-0 Patriots lead.

But, the dormant Jets offense finally woke up. On a 3rd-and-13 from their own 29-yard line, Chad Pennington completed a deep pass downfield to Jerricho Cotchery, who had to backpedal and leap for the ball as Pennington scrambled out of the pocket. He was hit hard by the Patriots' Chad Scott, and fell on top of the Patriots' Eugene Wilson. Hearing no whistle, he sprang up and ran untouched to the end zone. New England's challenge of the touchdown was upheld, as only Cotchery's hand hit the ground. Fired up by the miracle touchdown, Brady was intercepted by David Barrett, and on the ensuing possession, Pennington found Laveranues Coles on a slant pattern across the middle. Coles juked, causing Eugene Wilson to slip, and then outran the Patriots to the end zone to make it a 24-14 game with 50 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Jets' rejuvenated defense caused Brady to fumble on New England's next possession, with Kerry Rhodes sacking and Bryan Thomas recovering at the Patriots' 49-yard line. The Jets converted the opportunity into a 42-yard field goal from Mike Nugent, and suddenly, the Jets only trailed by a touchdown. But when New England got the ball back with 9:14 to go on their own 30, they steadily wore the Jets down. Brady converted three third downs as the Patriots drove to the Jets' 12-yard line with 1:11 to go, and a chip-shot field goal away from icing the game. But kicker Gostkowski was blocked by Jonathan Vilma, who returned the ball to the Jets' 9-yard line. With no timeouts and 1:05 to go, the Jets moved the ball to their own 45-yard line, but Pennington's heave with 15 seconds left was tipped and intercepted by Tedy Bruschi to effectively end the game.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • NE - Dillon 1 run (Gostkowski kick), 5:36.

2nd Quarter

  • NE - FG Gostkowski 20, 13:15.
  • NE - Jackson 13 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), :14.

3rd Quarter

  • NE - Maroney 1 run (Gostkowski kick), 8:57.
  • NYJ - Cotchery 71 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), 6:15.
  • NYJ - Coles 46 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), :50.

4th Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 42, 9:20.

Week 3: at Buffalo Bills

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New York Jets0147728
Buffalo Bills7301020

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather: 65°F (Partly cloudy)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Dick Enberg and Randy Cross
  • Game attendance: 72,067

Game Summary

On Buffalo's first play, J.P. Losman found Peerless Price for an 18-yard completion. They finished their next play with a bang, as Losman found Roscoe Parrish for a short completion, who then juked past a defender and sprinted into the end zone for a 7-0 Bills lead just 55 seconds into the game. After a Jets punt, Buffalo moved the ball to the Jets' 35-yard line, but on a fake field goal, holder Brian Moorman threw an incomplete pass. After another Jets punt, Buffalo moved the ball to the Jets' 19-yard line, but Losman was sacked by Kerry Rhodes, and Jonathan Vilma scooped up the loose ball. On Buffalo's next possession, following another Jets punt, Buffalo gambled and went for it on 4th-and-3 from the Jets' 28-yard line, but Losman's pass to Josh Reed only picked up two yards. The Jets capitalized, with rookie running back Leon Washington turning a short pass into a 46-yard gain to the Buffalo 3-yard line, where Kevan Barlow ran it in to tie the game, 7-7. But Buffalo came right back, using a 32-yard run by Willis McGahee to move into Jets territory, and Rian Lindell booted a 36-yard field goal. Following a trade of punts, the Jets took over at their own 33 with 2:43 left in the first half. Operating out of a no-huddle offense, Pennington quickly drove the Jets downfield, finding Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery for big completions of 10+ yards before Pennington found Chris Baker open on a 1-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds left in the half to give the Jets a 14-10 halftime lead. Buffalo forced a punt on the Jets' first possession of the second half, but with the ball on their own 33-yard line, Losman was sacked by Kerry Rhodes, and Victor Hobson picked it up and raced into the end zone for a 32-yard fumble return touchdown. It was Rhodes' second sack that forced a fumble in the game and third in the last two games. Late in the third quarter, Losman turned the ball over again, getting intercepted by David Barrett. But Losman atoned for his mistakes, finding Josh Reed open on a 31-yard completion to set up a 28-yard field goal by Lindell with 9:17 left in the game. The Jets appeared to put the game away on the next possession, with Cedric Houston scoring his first touchdown of the season on a 5-yard run with 3:26 to play. But Losman rallied Buffalo, finding Peerless Price and Lee Evans on long completions before running the ball into the end zone from 12 yards out on a scramble to cut the Jets' lead to 28-20. On the ensuing onside kick, Buffalo caught a break, as Lindell's onside kick bounced off the elbow of Jets linebacker Matt Chatham, and Andra Davis recovered. But Buffalo could not get a first down, ending the game.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • BUF - Parrish 51 pass from Losman (Lindell kick), 14:05.

2nd Quarter

  • NYJ - Barlow 3 run (Nugent kick), 10:17.
  • BUF - FG Lindell 36, 0:52.
  • NYJ - Baker 1 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), :14.

3rd Quarter

  • NYJ - Hobson 32 fumble return (Nugent kick), 10:05.

4th Quarter

  • BUF - FG Lindell 36, 9:14.
  • NYJ - Houston 5 run (Nugent kick), 3:20.
  • BUF - Losman 12 run (Lindell kick), 1:15.

Week 4: vs Indianapolis Colts

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Indianapolis Colts7701731
New England Patriots01401428

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT/12:00 PM CDT
  • Game weather: 62°F (Cloudy)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
  • Game attendance: 77,190

Game Summary

On the game's first possession, Chad Pennington was sacked by Robert Mathis, fumbled, and the Colts' Josh Thomas recovered. Dominic Rhodes would score on a 6-yard touchdown run minutes later, an inauspicious start. The teams would trade punts for the rest of the first quarter before Pennington drove the Jets at the beginning of the second quarter, using long completions to Laveranues Coles and Tim Dwight before he found Jerricho Cotchery on a 33-yard touchdown pass. What happened next stunned the Colts: Mike Nugent tried an onside kick and Kerry Rhodes recovered, sparking the home crowd. The Jets would make that surprise work, as Kevan Barlow scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 4:44 left in the first half, and the Jets had a 14-7 lead. But Peyton Manning rallied the Colts, converting a key third down to Marvin Harrison before Joseph Addai scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to tie the score going to halftime. Indianapolis punted to open the second half, and the Jets began to drive. Pennington converted three third downs on a drive that took nearly nine minutes off the clock, but it did not end well. Jets coach Eric Mangini tried his second gamble of the game: going for it on 4th-and-goal from the Colts' 2-yard line. But Pennington's pass was intercepted in the end zone by Rocky Boiman, the first time in his career Pennington was intercepted in the end zone. Boiman's interception would set up a fast-and-furious finish as the teams scored 31 points in the fourth quarter. Indianapolis took advantage of Boiman's interception and drove to set up Martin Gramatica's 20-yard field goal, as Joseph Addai picked up big yardage on the drive. Using a no-huddle offense, Pennington drove the Jets downfield, and aided by an illegal contact penalty on the Colts' Mike Doss, scored the go-ahead touchdown as Kevan Barlow scored on a 5-yard run with 7:55 to play. Manning led the Colts right back, and aided by a questionable pass-interference penalty on Justin Miller, found Bryan Fletcher on a 2-yard touchdown pass with 2:40 to play. Miller appeared to be the goat, but on the ensuing kickoff ran the ball back 103 yards for a touchdown that sent Jets fans into hysteria. The Jets led 28-24 with 2:20 to play. But that would be enough time for Manning, converting a huge third down to Marvin Harrison and a 15-yard pass to Reggie Wayne going to the Jets' 1-yard line. Manning ran the ball up the middle on the next play to give the Colts the lead. With eight seconds to play and the ball on the Jets' 32-yard line, Pennington completed a seemingly innocuous pass to Leon Washington. But what followed was an amazing attempt to pull off a miracle. In order, the Jets tried a series of several laterals, going from Washington, to Brad Smith, to Laveranues Coles, to Pennington, to Justin McCareins, back to Smith, who fumbled but recovered. He lateraled back to Coles, who fumbled but recovered. At this point, the Jets were at the Colts' 40-yard line. Coles ran down 13 yards and then tossed off to Nick Mangold, who fumbled, but this time, the Colts' Jason David recovered, ending the game.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • IND - Rhodes 6 run Gramatica kick), 12:28.

2nd Quarter

  • NYJ - Cotchery 33 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), 10:10.
  • NYJ - Barlow 1 run (Nugent kick), 4:44.
  • IND - Addai 2 run (Gramatica kick), :16.

4th Quarter

  • IND - FG Gramatica 20, 12:58.
  • NYJ - Barlow 5 run (Nugent kick), 7:55.
  • IND - Fletcher 2 pass from Manning (Gramatica kick), 2:34.
  • NYJ - Miller 103 kickoff return (Nugent kick), 2:20.
  • IND - Manning 1 run (Gramatica kick), 1:30.

Week 5: at Jacksonville Jaguars

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New York Jets00000
New England Patriots141410341

at Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Game time: 4:05 PM EDT
  • Game weather: 75°F
  • TV announcers (CBS): Dick Enberg and Randy Cross
  • Game attendance: 66,604

Game Summary

For the third straight week, the game got off to an ominous start for the Jets, as Chad Pennington was intercepted by Brian Williams on the Jets' first possession. Byron Leftwich then completed a short pass to Fred Taylor, who turned it into a 32-yard gain. Two plays later, Maurice Jones-Drew scored on a 6-yard touchdown run. After forcing a punt, Jacksonville wasted no time tacking onto their lead, with Leftwich completing passes to Reggie Williams and George Wrighster for long gains. Taylor would then score on a 13-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 Jaguars lead. Early in the second quarter, the Jets attempted a punt, but the Jaguars' Gerald Sensabaugh blocked it, and Jorge Cordova recovered at the Jets' 8-yard line. Three plays later, Jones-Drew scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, surviving a challenge by the Jets. It only snowballed from there, as Pennington was intercepted by Terry Cousin on the next possession, and Leftwich flipped a 1-yard touchdown pass to Wrighster. Jacksonville would add a Josh Scobee 43-yard field goal early in the second half, and after Deon Grant intercepted Pennington, Leftwich threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Williams for a 38-0 lead. The Jets' lone scoring chance in the second half was stopped when Leon Washington was stuffed on a 4th-and-goal from the Jaguars' 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter. The Jets were stopped on fourth down on their next possession when Pennington's scramble fell a yard short, and Scobee added a 40-yard field goal to close the scoring. On the Jets' final possession, backup rookie quarterback Kellen Clemens made his first appearance under center, but the drive ended badly when he was sacked by Montavious Stanley and Nick Greisen recovered.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • JAX - Jones-Drew 6 run (Scobee kick), 9:44.
  • JAX - Taylor 13 run (Scobee kick), 4:44.

2nd Quarter

  • JAX - Jones-Drew 4 run (Scobee kick), 12:52.
  • JAX - Wrighster 1 pass from Leftwich (Scobee kick), 7:10.

3rd Quarter

  • JAX - FG Scobee 43, 10:52.
  • JAX - Williams 16 pass from Leftwich (Scobee kick), 8:50.

4th Quarter

  • JAX - FG Scobee 40, 2:42.

Week 6: vs. Miami Dolphins

1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Miami Dolphins0031417
New York Jets3010720

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 4:15 EDT
  • Game weather: 57 °F (Clear)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
  • Game attendance: 77,439

Game Summary

The Jets got off to a good start in this game, with Mike Nugent kicking a 33-yard field goal on the Jets' first possession, their first points in the first quarter all season. The defense was a force early, a week after being trashed in the 41-0 loss to Jacksonville, as Andre Dyson intercepted Miami quarterback Joey Harrington on the next possession. After a punt, the Jets again forced a turnover, as Victor Hobson picked Harrington off. Midway through the second quarter, Miami gambled on a 4th-and-1 from the Jets' 29-yard line, but Ronnie Brown was stopped. The game went to halftime still 3-0 Jets. Pennington led the Jets on a long drive to open the second half, capped off by another 33-yard field goal by Nugent. Miami came right back, driving inside the Jets' red zone, but the defense held firm, holding Miami to an Olindo Mare 21-yard field goal. After a good kick return by Justin Miller, Pennington turned a short completion to Laveranues Coles into a 58-yard touchdown as Coles found an opening and raced to the end zone for a 13-3 Jets lead. After Sammy Morris fumbled on the next possession for Miami, Pennington found Coles on a 22-yard touchdown pass to open up a 17-point lead with 13:23 to play. Miami came right back, however, with Harrington leading the Dolphins quickly downfield on a 12-play, 81-yard drive, capped by a 2-yard touchdown toss to Chris Chambers. After forcing a punt, Harrington again led Miami downfield, using an 11-play, 74-yard drive to pull Miami within 20-17, as Ronnie Brown scored on a 1-yard run. After another punt, Miami took over on their own 11-yard line with 2:18 to play. Harrington used big completions to Randy McMichael and Chambers to move to the Jets' 32-yard line with 38 seconds to play, but Mare's game-tying 51-yard attempt was well short, sealing the victory for New York.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 33, 9:30.

3rd Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 33, 9:04.
  • MIA - FG Mare 21, 4:24.
  • NYJ - Coles 58 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), 3:23.

4th Quarter

  • NYJ - Coles 22 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), 13:15.
  • MIA - Chambers 2 pass from Harrington (Mare kick), 8:49.
  • MIA - Brown 1 run (Mare kick), 2:56.

Week 7: vs. Detroit Lions

1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Detroit Lions0731424
New York Jets14701031

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather: 57°F (Hazy)
  • TV announcers (FOX): Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan
  • Game attendance: 76,953

Game Summary

The Jets quickly drove downfield on their first possession, scoring their first touchdown in the first quarter all season. Chad Pennington found Jerricho Cotchery on a 28-yard completion and rookie running back Leon Washington picked up 23 yards on a sweep around end before Washington scored on a 5-yard touchdown run. On the Jets' next possession, Pennington fired a 44-yard touchdown pass to Justin McCareins, his first touchdown of the season, to open up a 14-0 lead. The Lions would get on the board early in the second quarter as Jon Kitna had big completions to Dan Campbell, Mike Furrey, and Roy Williams, the pass to Williams a 22-yard touchdown. But on the kickoff, Justin Miller returned the ball 56 yards inside Detroit territory, and after a pass from Pennington to Cotchery, Kevan Barlow scored on a 3-yard touchdown run. Kitna would get intercepted by Kerry Rhodes on the next possession, but Pennington would then get picked off by Terrence Holt at the Detroit 2-yard line to short-circuit a possible score. The Jets led 21-7 at halftime.

Kitna would again get intercepted on the first possession of the second half, this time by Jonathan Vilma. But the drive went nowhere, and Detroit's next one, a 12-play, 83-yard drive, resulted in a 25-yard field goal by Jason Hanson. The Jets got that right back, as Pennington converted a couple of third downs during a drive that was capped by Mike Nugent's 33-yard field goal. Down fourteen points, Detroit halved New York's lead with Kitna finding Kevin Jones on a 9-yard touchdown pass on a drive where Kitna converted a critical 4th-and-11 pass to Mike Furrey. The Jets would come right back, with Washington scoring on a 16-yard touchdown run on a sweep around end. Detroit would not give up, as Kitna found Furrey on an 18-yard touchdown pass on a play that survived a Jets challenge. On that drive, Kitna again converted a fourth down to Furrey. But Detroit's ensuing onside kick failed, and the Jets ran out the clock.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • NYJ - Washington 5 run (Nugent kick), 12:15.
  • NYJ - McCareins 44 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), 4:02. (14-0 NYJ)

2nd Quarter

  • DET - Williams 22 pass from Kitna Hanson]] kick), 7:54.
  • NYJ - Barlow 2 run (Nugent kick), 5:28.

3rd Quarter

  • DET - FG Hanson 25, 4:57.

4th Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 33, 14:20.
  • DET - Jones 9 pass from Kitna (Hanson kick), 9:09.
  • NYJ - Washington 16 run (Nugent kick), 4:51.
  • DET - Furrey 22 pass from Kitna (Hanson kick), 2:22.

Week 8: at Cleveland Browns

1st2nd3rd4thFinal
New York Jets307313
Cleveland Browns3710020

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio]'

  • Game time: 4:15 PM EST
  • Game weather: 46°F (Clear)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Solomon Wilcots
  • Game attendance: 72,507

Game Summary

The Jets got the ball first and Pennington led the Jets on a 16-play, 83-yard drive that took 8:30 off the clock before Mike Nugent kicked a 27-yard field goal. On the Browns' next possession, Reuben Droughns had two big gains to put the Browns in position for Phil Dawson's 47-yard field goal, knotting the score, 3-3. Pennington was then intercepted by Sean Jones, and Charlie Frye led the Browns on a long drive that was capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Droughns. Frye would get intercepted by Eric Smith on the Browns' next possession, but Nugent missed a 52-yard field goal wide right, his first missed field goal since Week 1. However, the Jets would get a break as Dawson missed a chip-shot 26-yard field goal at the end of the first half. Still, Cleveland led 10-3 at halftime. Cleveland got the ball first in the second half, and Droughns continued to move the ball, picking up solid yardage before Frye found Kellen Winslow II open on a 30-yard touchdown reception. After the teams traded punts, Leon Washington fumbled on the Jets' 10-yard line, with Nick Eason forcing and Kamerion Wimbley recovering. Dawson knocked in a 21-yard field goal to give Cleveland a 20-3 lead with 3:51 left in the third quarter. The Jets got an immediate lift when Justin Miller returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a score, his second return of the year, to cut the lead to ten. After a Browns punt, Pennington drove the Jets into position for Nugent's 47-yard field goal to narrow the deficit to 20-13. But on the Jets' next possession, Pennington was again intercepted by Jones, but Cleveland was forced to punt. After another trade of punts, the Jets took over on Cleveland's 47-yard line with 1:56 to play. On 4th-and-4 from the Cleveland 24 with 1:06 to play, Pennington lofted a pass that Chris Baker leapt for and caught with one hand as he began to land. Just before his foot hit the ground, the Browns' Brodney Pool levelled Baker, who landed out-of-bounds but still in possession of the ball. The referee ruled that Baker was out-of-bounds, rather than ruling he was forced out, which would have led to a touchdown. Eric Mangini called a timeout in the hopes that the referees would review the play, but since it was a judgement call, it was non-reviewable under NFL rules. Frye took a knee to end the game.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 33, 6:30.
  • CLE - FG Dawson 47, 2:55.

2nd Quarter

  • CLE - Droughns 2 run (Dawson kick), 10:00.

3rd Quarter

  • CLE - Winslow 30 pass from Frye (Dawson kick), 11:16.
  • CLE - FG Dawson 21, 3:48.
  • NYJ - Miller 99 kickoff return (Nugent kick), 3:35.

4th Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 47, 12:54.

Week 10: at New England Patriots

1st2nd3rd4thFinal
New York Jets737317
New England Patriots060814

at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 58°F (Rain)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
  • Game attendance: 68,756

Game Summary

On a rainy day in New England, both team's defenses held firm early, with the teams trading punts until New England went on a drive that reached one play into the second quarter, when Stephen Gostkowski booted a 31-yard field goal. On the Jets' next play from scrimmage, Chad Pennington was intercepted by Artrell Hawkins. Two plays later, Tom Brady found Doug Gabriel open downfield for a long first down, but Victor Hobson forced a fumble and Kerry Rhodes recovered. What followed was a brilliant Jets drive: not only did it take up 16 plays, 81 yards, and 9:12 off the clock, but the Jets converted on two third downs and on a 4th-and-1 from the New England 23. Kevan Barlow capped it with a 2-yard touchdown run for a 7-3 Jets lead. New England battled downfield, converting a 4th-and-1 from their own 44 with a run to fullback Heath Evans, and on the first play after the two-minute warning, Brady appeared to be intercepted by Drew Coleman, who ran the ball back 35 yards. But, the play was negated on a controversial roughing-the-passer call on Hobson, who dove at Brady as he was releasing the ball, but drove him into the ground, prompting the flag. The Patriots then converted on a 4th-and-3 from the Jets' 24, but would be forced to settle for a 21-yard field goal from Gostkowski with four seconds left. Justin Miller ran back the opening kickoff of the second half 62 yards, and the drive ended with Pennington lining up in the shotgun on 4th-and-5 from the Patriots' 33, only to punt the ball to the New England 4. After a Patriots punt, Pennington led the Jets on another long drive, this one 15 plays and only 45 yards, but it ate 6:40 off the clock and resulted in Nugent's 34-yard field goal. Midway through the fourth quarter, Brady was intercepted by Erik Coleman, and Pennington tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery, barely keeping his feet inbounds, although the play was never challenged. The Jets led 17-6 with 4:51 to go. However, operating out of a no-huddle offense, Brady led the Patriots 61 yards in 31 seconds, capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass to Reche Caldwell, and Brady found Caldwell again on the two-point conversion to narrow the lead to 17-14. But the next drive was critical, as the Jets forced New England to burn all three timeouts, punting with 1:15 to go. New England took over at their own 11-yard line and moved the ball to the Jets' 46-yard line. On the final play of the game, Brady was sacked by Shaun Ellis.

Scoring Summary

2nd Quarter

  • NE - FG Gostkowski 31, 14:56.
  • NYJ - Barlow 2 run (Nugent kick), 4:43.
  • NE - FG Gostkowski 21, :04.

3rd Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 34, 1:46.

4th Quarter

  • NYJ - Cotchery 22 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), 4:45.
  • NE - Caldwell 15 pass from Brady (Caldwell pass from Brady), 4:14.

Week 11: vs. Chicago Bears

1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Chicago Bears003710
New York Jets00000

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 44°F (Cloudy)
  • TV announcers (FOX): Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
  • Game attendance: 77,632

Game Summary

The first quarter was all about defense, as the teams traded punts until the Jets got the ball late in the first quarter at their own 24-yard line. On the drive, Chad Pennington converted key third downs to Brad Smith and Tim Dwight, and was soon faced with a 3rd-and-goal at the Bears' 6-yard line. Apparently unable to see an open [Laveranues Coles, Pennington lobbed a pass towards Chris Baker that was intercepted by Brian Urlacher. With just under four minutes left in the half, Thomas Jones appeared to fumble and Kerry Rhodes recovered, but Chicago successfully challenged the play, denying the Jets a scoring opportunity. The game was scoreless at halftime.

Eric Mangini, apparently remembering the success of his surprise onside kick against Indianapolis in Week 4, decided to open the second half with one. Unfortunately, this one was scooped up by Chicago's Chris Harris. On the Bears' first play, Jones broke off a 19-yard run, and Jones rushed every play on the drive that was capped off by a 20-yard field goal by Robbie Gould. The Jets' next drive ended when Pennington was intercepted by Nathan Vasher in Chicago territory. The Bears' game-breaking score came when Rex Grossman completed a short pass to Mark Bradley. The Jets' Drew Coleman fell down attempting to make the tackle, and Bradley had an open lane to the end zone to extend the Bears' lead to 10-0. The Bears then went into a ball-control offense, and the Jets could not muster anything.

Scoring Summary

3rd Quarter

  • CHI - FG Gould 20, 10:39.

4th Quarter

  • CHI - Bradley 57 pass from Grossman (Gould kick), 14:50.

Week 12: vs. Houston Texans

1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Houston Texans030811
New York Jets3614326

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 56°F (Clear)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker
  • Game attendance: 76,596

Game Summary

The game started out with the teams trading punts, and when Houston attempted a punt from the Jets' 37-yard line, punter Chad Stanley fumbled the snap and the Jets had the ball at their own 46-yard line. A 36-yard completion from Chad Pennington to Laveranues Coles almost went for naught when Leon Washington fumbled a short pass, but Brad Smith recovered. Mike Nugent booted a 23-yard field goal to put the Jets on the board. On the Jets' next drive, Pennington led the Jets into Houston territory, aided by a pass-interference call on DeMarcus Faggins. Nugent kicked a 34-yard field goal for a 6-0 Jets lead. Houston rebounded, with David Carr converting a key third down to Andre Johnson to set up Kris Brown's 47-yard field goal. Pennington completed a long pass to Jerricho Cotchery on the next drive to set up Nugent's career-long 54-yard field goal to give the Jets a 9-3 lead. The half ended when Brown came up five yards short on a 59-yard field goal attempt. On the Jets' first possession of the second half, following a Houston punt, Pennington completed long passes to Chris Baker and Cotchery before finding Coles on a 12-yard touchdown pass. On the Jets' next drive, fans everywhere held their breath when Pennington was drilled by Mario Williams while releasing a pass and was slow to get up. Luckily, he only had the wind knocked out of him. Kerry Rhodes intercepted Carr soon after, and Pennington completed another long pass to Cotchery to set up Cedric Houston's 1-yard touchdown run and a 23-3 lead. The Jets' final score came after a 13-play drive that ate up 8:27, capped by Nugent's 40-yard field goal, his fourth of the game. Houston closed the scoring when Carr found Johnson in the end zone, and then completed a two-point conversion pass to Wali Lundy.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 23, 1:25.

2nd Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 34, 9:46.
  • HOU - FG Brown 47, 4:59.
  • NYJ - FG Nugent 54, 1:09.

3rd Quarter

  • NYJ - Coles 12 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), 9:00.
  • NYJ - Houston 1 run (Nugent kick), 3:33.

4th Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 40, 8:05.
  • HOU - Johnson 3 pass from Carr (Carr pass to |Lundy), 3:54.

Week 13: at Green Bay Packers

1st2nd3rd4thFinal
New York Jets10210738
Green Bay Packers0010010

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST/12:00 PM CST
  • Game weather: 19°F (Snow flurries)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
  • Game attendance: 70,527

Game Summary

The Jets let Green Bay know right away that they would not let the cold affect them, with B.J. Askew prancing along the sidelines in the 19-degree weather shirtless before the game. Sure enough, on the game's opening drive, Pennington drove the Jets downfield, aided by a key third-down completion to Justin McCareins, capped by Mike Nugent's 24-yard field goal. On the next possession, Bryan Thomas sacked Brett Favre, causing a fumble while Dewayne Robertson recovered for the Jets. Out of a no-huddle offense, Pennington quickly engineered a scoring drive, a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery.

After a Packers punt, Pennington found Chris Baker and Cotchery on long completions to set up Cedric Houston's 3-yard touchdown run for a 17-0 Jets lead. Dave Rayner would miss a 40-yard field goal wide right for Green Bay, and the Jets drove to another score, this time a 1-yard touchdown run by Houston. Favre would then get intercepted by Andre Dyson, and the Jets would get fortunate on the next drive, surviving a Laveranues Coles fumble that Cotchery recovered, and Baker had a couple of key grabs on the drive, including a 1-yard touchdown catch with 13 seconds to play in the half for a dominating 31-0 lead.

Out of the gate in the second half, Green Bay resorted to a rushing game, and the first drive worked, with Rayner kicking a 34-yard field goal. Pennington then got intercepted by Charles Woodson. Green Bay could not convert a 4th-and-1 from the New York 33-yard line, but Pennington threw another pick, this time to Patrick Dendy. Green Bay made Pennington pay this time, as Favre found Donald Driver for a 20-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 31-10. Green Bay then recovered the ensuing onside kick, and the Packers had all the momentum. But the Jets forced a punt and then drove to a touchdown, with Houston picking up a big run and [Washington, Leon|[Leon Washington]] finishing the drive with a 20-yard touchdown run. That effectively ended the game.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 24, 9:55.
  • NYJ - Cotchery 12 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), 4:45.

2nd Quarter

  • NYJ - Houston 3 run (Nugent kick), 12:40.
  • NYJ - Houston 1 run (Nugent kick), 6:17.
  • NYJ - Baker 1 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), :09.

3rd Quarter

  • GB - FG Rayner 34, 8:32.
  • GB - Driver 20 pass from Favre (Rayner kick), 1:16.

4th Quarter

  • NYJ - Washington 20 run (Nugent kick), 11:30.

Week 14: vs. Buffalo Bills

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Buffalo Bills7147331
New York Jets760013

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 4:15 PM EST
  • Game weather: 54°F (Clear)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Solomon Wilcots
  • Game attendance: 77,131

Game Summary

After the teams traded punts during the early part of the first quarter, Buffalo struck first when Willis McGahee broke through a hole and ran 57 yards to the end zone. Justin Miller put the Jets in good field position with the ensuing kickoff return, and after Chad Pennington found Laveranues Coles on a long completion, he found him on a 10-yard pass for a touchdown, knotting the game at 7. On the next drive, Anthony Thomas fumbled for Buffalo and Miller recovered. Mike Nugent would knock in a 30-yard field goal to give the Jets the lead. Unfortunately, that would be the last bright spot for the Jets all game. With 4:59 left in the half, J.P. Losman found Lee Evans on a deep pass downfield that went for a 77-yard touchdown. On the first play after the two-minute warning, Pennington was intercepted by Nate Clements, who returned it 42 yards for a score. Nugent would add a 38-yard field goal right before halftime, and the Jets trailed 21-13 at halftime. The defenses would hold firm for a majority of the third quarter, before Losman found Robert Royal on a 6-yard touchdown pass. Rian Lindell's 34-yard field goal with 8:04 remaining capped the scoring.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • BUF - McGahee 57 run (Lindell kick, 4:22.
  • NYJ - Coles 10 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), 1:08.

2nd Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 30, 10:58.
  • BUF - Evans 77 pass from Losman (Lindell kick), 4:47.
  • BUF - Clements 58 interception return (Lindell kick), 1:47.
  • NYJ - FG Nugent 38, :01.

3rd Quarter

  • BUF - Royal 6 pass from Losman (Lindell kick), 1:58.

4th Quarter

  • BUF - FG Lindell 34, 7:59.

Week 15: at Minnesota Vikings

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New York Jets7163026
Minnesota Vikings700613

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
  • Game attendance: 63,677

Game Summary

On the second play of the game, Chad Pennington was sacked by Nick Harris, and E.J. Henderson recovered. Three plays later, Brad Johnson tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Travis Taylor, and the Jets trailed 7-0 two minutes into the game. The Jets immediately responded, with Brad Smith making a key grab on the drive that ended with Cedric Houston's 6-yard touchdown run. On the next Jets' drive, Mike Nugent was ready to attempt a 37-yard field goal, but holder Ben Graham botched the snap, and the Jets could not score. Nugent would make a 25-yard field goal early in the second quarter to give the Jets a 10-7 lead.

Pennington found Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles for big completions on the drive that ended with Coles grabbing a 21-yard touchdown pass from Pennington. Nugent would make a 52-yard field goal for a 20-7 lead before Ryan Longwell missed a 49-yard field goal wide right for Minnesota, giving the Jets prime field position, and Nugent made a 45-yard field goal as time expired for a 23-7 halftime lead. With a large lead, the Jets controlled the clock in the second half, going on a nearly eight-minute drive that ended with a 20-yard field goal from Nugent, his fourth of the game and the final Jets score.

Johnson was pulled at the beginning of the fourth quarter for backup Tarvaris Jackson, and Jackson led Minnesota on a scoring drive, finding Troy Williamson on two long passes before connecting with Mewelde Moore on a 35-yard touchdown. Both the two-point conversion and ensuing onside kick failed, but Pennington was intercepted by Harris. Jackson led the Vikings to the New York 14-yard line with two minutes to go, but David Barrett intercepted Jackson, effectively ending the game.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • MIN - Taylor 30 pass from Johnson (Longwell kick), 12:53.
  • NYJ - Houston 6 run (Nugent kick), 6:20.

2nd Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 25, 11:32.
  • NYJ - Coles 21 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), 6:12.
  • NYJ - FG Nugent 52, 2:48.
  • NYJ - FG Nugent 45, :02.

3rd Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 20, 7:41.

4th Quarter

  • MIN - Moore 35 pass from Jackson (pass failed), 6:15.

Week 16: at Miami Dolphins

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New York Jets0031013
Miami Dolphins0001010

at Dolphin Stadium, Miami, Florida

  • Game time: 8:30 PM EST
  • Game weather: 77°F (Mostly cloudy, rain showers)
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Mike Tirico, Joe Theismann, and Tony Kornheiser
  • Game attendance: 73,500

Game Summary

With the rest of Week 16's games being played on Christmas Eve, the Jets, due to losses by Jacksonville and Cincinnati, controlled their own playoff destiny with two victories.

The game was played in a driving rainstorm as both teams struggled to move the ball early. With 49 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Mike Nugent was ready to attempt a 34-yard field goal, but holder Ben Graham could not handle the snap in the slippery conditions, and the Jets were denied. It was the second straight week Graham had flubbed a snap, but this one could be blamed on the wet conditions. The two teams would trade punts for the rest of the half.

In the third quarter, Dolphins coach Nick Saban inserted backup quarterback Cleo Lemon into the game, replacing an ineffective Joey Harrington. Finally, the Jets went on a drive with 6:15 left in the third quarter, with Chad Pennington scrambling for 15 yards and moving into the Dolphins' red zone when Yeremiah Bell was flagged for pass interference. Nugent knocked in a 22-yard field goal for the first points of the game. But Lemon rallied Miami, completing two long passes to Randy McMichael and Ronnie Brown picking up a long run before Lemon tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to McMichael, and the Dolphins led 7-3 with 13:26 left in the game.

Pennington showed poise in leading the Jets back to take the lead, completing key passes to Brad Smith and Leon Washington before finding Cotchery on a 31-yard completion to the Miami 1-yard line, but the Jets challenged, saying that Cotchery was brought down after he broke the plane of the end zone, and the referee agreed, giving the Jets a 10-7 lead with 8:04 remaining in the game. Miami was then forced to punt, but caught a break when Donnie Jones' kick bounced off the elbow of Jets linebacker Brad Kassell, and long snapper John Denney recovered at the Jets' 42-yard line. Lemon led Miami downfield, completing key passes to Derek Hagan and Sammy Morris before Mare tied the game with a 25-yard field goal.

With 2:09 to play, the Jets' biggest play of the season took place. Pennington flipped a short screen pass to Washington, who found a hole and scampered 64 yards down to the Miami 16-yard line. After three runs by Kevan Barlow, Nugent kicked a 30-yard field goal with 10 seconds to play, and the Jets had their biggest win of the year.

Scoring Summary

3rd Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 22, 2:25.

4th Quarter

  • MIA - McMichael 7 pass from Lemon (Mare kick), 13:26.
  • NYJ - Cotchery 32 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), 8:04.
  • MIA - FG Mare 25, 2:09.
  • NYJ - FG Nugent 30, :10.

Week 17: vs. Oakland Raiders

1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Oakland Raiders03003
New York Jets7331023

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST]
  • Game weather: 40°F (Clear)
  • TV announcers (NFL on CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
  • Game attendance: 78,039

Game Summary

For the Jets, it was simple: a win would qualify them for the playoffs, only a year after a disastrous 4-12 season. After the teams traded punts, Aaron Brooks completed a pass to Johnnie Morant for a first down, but David Barrett forced a fumble and Hank Poteat recovered. Brad Smith had a key run on the next drive, and Chad Pennington then tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Chris Baker. Oakland later went on a drive to the Jets' 10-yard line, but on third down, Kerry Rhodes sacked Brooks, forcing Oakland to settle for a Sebastian Janikowski field goal. Pennington led the Jets on a key score during a "two-minute drill," bringing the Jets into position for a Mike Nugent 35-yard field goal and a 10-3 halftime lead.

Pennington would find Laveranues Coles, Leon Washington, and Baker on long gains on the first drive of the second half before Nugent kicked a 22-yard field goal. The ensuing kickoff was returned 92 yards by Chris Carr to the Jets' 1-yard line, but the play was negated by a holding penalty on Jarrett Cooper. The Jets stopped Brooks on a 4th-and-inches on the drive, and effectively iced the game and a playoff spot when Leon Washington scored on a 15-yard touchdown run around end. On the next Oakland drive, Eric Barton sacked Brooks, forcing a fumble, and Bobby Hamilton recovered. Nugent's 35-yard field goal capped the scoring. When the Denver Broncos lost at home to the San Francisco 49ers, the Jets secured the top wild-card berth and a date in New England in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • NYJ - Baker 1 pass from Pennington (Nugent kick), 4:54.

2nd Quarter

  • OAK - FG Janikowski 35, 10:36.
  • NYJ - FG Nugent 35, :03.

3rd Quarter

  • NYJ - FG Nugent 22, 7:45.

4th Quarter

  • NYJ - Washington 15 run (Nugent kick), 13:37.
  • NYJ - FG Nugent 35, 11:43.
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