The Oakland Raiders and New York Jets have a lot in common. Both started out as two of the original eight franchises of the upstart American Football League. Both franchises also nearly folded from tough finical times at the start of the AFL. And both teams have a long and storied past and are major parts of NFL history.
Here is a look back at the top five moments in Raiders vs Jets history.
5. Jets defeat Raiders 27-23 in the 1968 AFL Championship at Shea Stadium in New York on December 28th 1968.
While this isn’t the outcome the Raiders wanted, this one is important for history. This victory set the Jets to the Super Bowl III. This was when the Super Bowl was still NFL vs AFL. That’s the game when Joe Namath guaranteed victory over the NFL’s Baltimore Colts. Because the NFL’s Green Bay Packers had dominated both the Chiefs and Raiders in Super Bowls I and II, the leagues’ planned merger of 1970 was in danger of falling apart. If the Jets had lost, it’s possible the merger never would have happened.
4. Raiders beat Jets 43 to 32 in “Heidi Game “on November 17, 2020 in Oakland.
Earlier that same season the two teams squared off in a memorable regular season game. NBC had planned that Heidi would be on right after the game at 7 p.m. Eastern time. As the game got in the fourth quarter it became clear the game wouldn’t finish on time. NBC was going to show the full game, but decided to cut the movie due to the amount of angry viewers. The Jets were winning when they cut the game but the Raiders scored two touchdowns and won 43 to 32 without anyone being able to see it on television.
3. Raiders beat the Jets 38-24 in wild card playoff game on January 12th 2002 in Oakland.
The week before Raiders fans had their hearts crushed by the tuck rule, they thoroughly beat the Jets. The Jets had actually won in Oakland in the second to last game of the regular season so this was a bit of revenge for the Raiders. At 39 years old Jerry Rice had 9 receptions 183 yards and a touchdown, probably the receiver’s best moment as a Raider.
2. Raiders beat Jets 30 to 10 in the Divisional playoff round on January 12th 2003 in Oakland.
The next year the two teams squared off in yet another playoff matchup. The game went into halftime tied at 10 but it was all Raiders second half. It was a statement game for the Raiders as they routed the Jets in their first playoff game after the Tuck Rule disaster. The Raiders would then beat the Titans the following week to go to the Super bowl.
1. Tim Brown catches 1,000 career reception on December 2nd 2002 vs the Jets in Oakland.
This would be the second straight year that both teams met in Oakland both in the regular season and playoffs. On a Monday game Mr. Raider himself became, at the time, only the third receiver with 1,000 career catches. He currently sits number seven in all time career receptions and after an unnecessarily long wait, has found his way to his rightful place in the NFL Hall of Fame.