Celebrate July 4th with the best fourth quarterbacks in NY Jets history
Happy July 4th!
Before the fireworks go off in the tri-state region, Jets X-Factor looks back at the top-grossing fourth quarters, by points, in New York Jets the story.
T-4. 09/28/08: Cardinal offense (22 against ARI)
Technically speaking, we should be commemorating the best second quarterbacks in Jets history. The Continental Congress, after all, voted for independence on July 2, but it was not declared until two days later.
Fortunately, the 2008 Jets game against the Arizona Cardinals gives us ample opportunity to do both. After a scoreless first, the Jets scored 34 breathtaking points for future NFC champions. Laveranues Coles received three touchdown passes from Brett Favre while Darrelle Revis picked up an interception from Kurt Warner.
Still, the fiery Cardinals fought back with three rushing touchdowns in the third quarter, two coming from Edgerrin James. But the Jets netted 22 points in the final quarter, with Favre finding Jericho Cotchery twice to rebuild the lead.
Five years before Taylor Swift, the Jets were feeling 22 when they went for a brace after Favre’s sixth touchdown pass, this one to Dustin Keller. Leon Washington scored the last two points in the Jets 56-35 triumph.
T-4. 12/12/99: Key Party (22 against MIA)
Maybe the Dolphins should have seen the fourth quarter attack on Monday night. Less than a full calendar year ago, the Jets put 22 on Miami in a much more humble comeback, as they trailed 13-6 going into the final frame of what became a 28-20 win. .
Playing the stretch after losing Testaverde to injury in the first week of their AFC East title defense, the return of the Jets erased the Dolphins’ lead thanks to two touchdown passes from Keyshawn Johnson of Ray Lucas. The latter came on a jaw-dropping one-handed reception from a 24-yard pass, giving the Jets the lead in earnest.
After kicker John Hall made it a two-possession game, Omar Stoudemire put an end to Miami’s desperate return drive by intercepting Dan Marino 67 yards for the deciding score. The pass was Marino’s last attempt at Giants Stadium as he would retire in the offseason that followed.
This victory over Miami set up an inspiring final stretch for the Bill Parcells era. It was the first of four final wins to close the season, all against playoff-linked teams (two-time Miami, Dallas and Seattle).