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News » Dolphins vs. Jets: New chapter in bitter rivalry: On the line for Chad Pennington today: The Dolphins' first AFC title since 200


Dolphins vs. Jets: New chapter in bitter rivalry: On the line for Chad Pennington today: The Dolphins' first AFC title since 200


Dolphins vs. Jets: New chapter in bitter rivalry: On the line for Chad Pennington today: The Dolphins' first AFC title since 200
Dec. 28--It's not exactly a steel-cage match, but today's Dolphins- Jets matchup at the Meadowlands is must-see TV.


The AFC East bitter rivals are playing for the division championship.

If the surging Dolphins win, they're in the playoffs. If the tail-spinning Jets win, they're almost in, depending on the outcome of the Patriots- Bills and/or the Ravens- Jaguars games.

This is arguably the second-most important game of this 42-year-old series, behind the 1982 AFC Championship Game, which was won by the Dolphins 14-0 and sent the Killer Bs to the Super Bowl -- albeit a losing one.

Although Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington has avoided using the word revenge, he's only human. Will he take extra glee in beating the team that dumped him in August two days after aging Packers legend Brett Favre became available? Will Bill Parcells' latest renovation knock the Jets out of the playoffs and cause his former disciple, Eric Mangini, to be fired and Favre to retire?

If the game lives up to the story lines, it should break into our top five Dolphins-Jets clashes of all time.

Mud Bowl a.k.a. the AFC Championship (Jan. 23, 1983)

Dolphins 14, Jets 0

In the strike-shortened season the Dolphins shut down the Jets, holding them to 139 yards and intercepting Richard Todd five times on a muddy turf in the Orange Bowl. A.J. Duhe set an NFL playoff record with three picks, including a game-securing 35-yard touchdown return with 2:08 remaining.

"The Super Bowl was the next week and Bob Baumhower talked to Richard Todd before the game and he came in and told us those guys are already packed and ready to go to the Super Bowl. That kind of fired everybody up," said defensive end Kim Bokamper, who had two key sacks on two consecutive plays.

The Dolphins went on to lose to the Redskins, whose assistant head coach was Dan Henning, now Miami's offensive coordinator, 27-17 in the Super Bowl .

Monday Night Miracle (Oct. 23, 2000)

Jets 40, Dolphins 37 (OT)

In a battle of 5-1 teams, the Dolphins led 30-7 after three quarters at an emptying Meadowlands on what became the longest Monday Night Football game.

Vinny Testaverde, 37, who would be replaced by Chad Pennington two years later, threw four of his five TD passes in the fourth quarter, including one to rookie receiver Laveranues Coles.

Down by seven, Jets 308-pound tackle Jumbo Elliott, above, caught a 3-yard TD pass to forge a 37-37 tie with 42 seconds left. In OT, John Hall ended it with a 40-yarder at 1:08 a.m.

"For them to come back on us -- and we had the game on a lock -- and for one person to beat us and Jumbo Elliott catching the ball, that just topped everything, and it just made me sick," linebacker Zach Thomas said.

The Jets' director of Football operations was Bill Parcells and the offensive coordinator was Dan Henning.

The Clock Play (Nov. 27, 1994)

Dolphins 28, Jets 24

The Dolphins trailed 24-6 in the second half when Dan Marino rallied them back with three of his four touchdown passes to Mark Ingram, but it was the final one that is forever etched in Dolphins lore.

On first down from the Jets' 8 with 22 seconds left and trailing by three, Marino came to the line of scrimmage, gesturing and yelling, "Clock, clock, clock!" He took the snap, faked a spike and zipped it to Ingram in front of startled cornerback Aaron Glenn.

Marino would later admit that backup quarterback Bernie Kosar sent in the play. The Dolphins (8-4) went on to win the division and the Jets (6-5) began a 4-33 run. Coach Pete Carroll was fired and Rich Kotite began his nightmarish, two-year stint before Bill Parcells was called in to fix another 1-15 franchise in 1998.

"I'll never forget that as long as I live," then-Jets QB Boomer Esiason said. "It had an overwhelmingly negative effect on the entire franchise."

-- Harvey Fialkov

End of an Era (Dec. 27, 1999)

Jets 38, Dolphins 31

It was Dan Marino's final appearance against the Jets and on Monday Night Football. The Dolphins (9-5) were trying to clinch a playoff berth at home against the Jets (6-8), who were playing for pride.

Jets quarterback Ray Lucas threw three TD passes, including a 50-yarder to Wayne Chrebet. Marino threw for 322 yards and three TDs, but also had a pick-six. It was his last of 63 games with 300 yards passing.

"If we can't make it to the playoffs, we might as well have them join us," Jets receiver Keyshawn Johnson said.

The Dolphins did make the playoffs but were crushed by the Jaguars 62-7 in the second round. It was the last game for Marino and coach Jimmy Johnson.

After the season, Jets coach Bill Parcells quit as coach to run the Football operations and drafted Chad Pennington.

"He hurt us bad tonight, but we hurt them too," Parcells said.

Wild-card Heartbreak (Dec. 22, 1991)

Jets 23, Dolphins 20 (OT)

In a situation similar to today's game, the Dolphins (8-7) and Jets (7-8) played the season finale in the Meadowlands with the winner earning a wild-card berth and the loser going home.

Receiver Mark Clayton guaranteed a Dolphins win, but despite his seven catches for 94 yards and a touchdown, he couldn't back it up.

"He's no Broadway Joe," Jets safety Lonnie Young said.

The Jets gained 231 rushing yards, but Dan Marino hit tight end Ferrell Edmunds for a 1-yard TD with 44 seconds left to give the Dolphins a 20-17 lead. But Ken O'Brien drove the Jets until Raul Allegre, who was signed five days earlier, sent it into OT with a 44-yarder.

Marino was off the mark and O'Brien again set up Allegre, who nailed the 30-yarder with 7:27 left. The Jets lost a first-round playoff game to Houston.

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