The New York Jets played the Buffalo Bills on pure emotion back in December of 1992.
With game one for the New York Jets clearly in our sites, I have decided to begin a new series. Each week, published on Thursday we are going to take a look back at a memorable matchup between the Jets and their upcoming opponent. If you read this on Thursday, call it “Throwback Thursday”. If you see it on Friday, call it “Flashback Friday”.
This week, we start with an emotional game from back in 1992.
November 29, 1992 was a day that still lives in infamy in the history of the Jets. The Jets faced the Chiefs that day, and in an infamous moment, the late Dennis Byrd collided with Scott Mersereau on the way to Chiefs quarterback Dave Krieg. Byrd came out of the play paralyzed. He would eventually walk again but nobody knew it at the time. All the team knew is what they endured and they were understandably emotional for the entire week following the game.
Fast forward to one week later and the Jets had to put the emotions aside and face the powerhouse Buffalo Bills. The Jets entered the game 3-9 and the Bills entered the game with the opposite record of 9-3. The Bills were favored by 17 points. Nobody thought the Jets had a chance in this one.
“I told Kyle that it was in God’s plan for us to win today,” Hasty said. “No matter what they did, we were going to win this game. It was destiny.”
It was a back and forth game early. A Cary Blanchard field goal gave the Jets an early 3-0 lead. However, a long, 14 play drive that was capped by a Kenneth Davis touchdown put the Bills ahead and it looked like it might continue that way. The Bills led 10-3 at the half. Nobody expected the Jets to stick around in the second half.
Oh, our surprising Jets.
Two Brad Baxter touchdowns in the third quarter gave the Jets a 17-10 lead. In the final period, Pete Metzelaars caught a one yard TD pass from Jim Kelly to tie the game. It stayed even until inside two minutes left when the Bills took over from their own 19 with 1:53 to go. On the second play of the drive, Kelly dropped back and lofted a pass intended for James Lofton. He never saw safety Brian Washington and he stepped in front and took it 23 yards to the house, and the Jets win the improbable by a 24-17 score.