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The Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets have gotten to know each other pretty well over the years. Although recent history links these two holdovers from the American Football League, the Jets and the Raiders rivalry dates back to the 1960s and features many memorable and critical contests. The Raiders lead the all-time regular season series 21-16-2.
When the Jets and Raiders began play in 1960 as part of the upstart AFL, the Jets were known as the New York Titans. From 1960-62, the Raiders won only one game against the Titans. In 1963, both teams underwent fundamental change. The Raiders hired Al Davis as Head Coach and General Manager, while the Titans were sold and became the Jets. From 1963-64, the teams split their annual pair of games. The Raiders swept the series in 1965 and 1966, the teams split in 1967, and the Raiders captured four games from the Jets from 1968-1969.
On November 17, 1968, the Jets and Raiders played a game that will be forever etched into the annals of professional football and television history. With the Jets leading 32-29, it was 7:00 PM on the east coast as a commercial break concluded. NBC was scheduled to air the children's movie Heidi at 7:00. Rather than show the end of the game, NBC Broadcast Operations Supervisor Dick Cline followed the network's predetermined plan and switched to Heidi.
The Raiders went on to score two touchdowns in a nine-second span and held on to win a most memorable game 43-32. The only problem was...the American viewing audience never saw the greatest comeback in the history of pro football (at the time). As a result, television networks changed their policies and will not switch away from a football game in progress. That game went on to become known as The Heidi Bowl.
The Jets went on to defeat the Raiders in the AFL Championship game later that season.
The Raiders and Jets only played each other four times in the 1970s with the Raiders winning three of the four meetings. That number shrunk to two meetings in the 1980s, with the Raiders winning both match-ups. The Jets eliminated the Raiders from the playoffs during the strike-shortened 1982 season. In the 1990s, the Raiders and Jets met five times, with the Jets winning only one game against the Silver and Black. The last meeting of the 1990s came in 1999 with the Raiders winning at home with just seconds left.
The Raiders hammered the Jets 31-7 in primetime in 2000 setting the stage for a re-ignition of the rivalry. In 2001, the Raiders fell to the Jets in the regular season finale after having clinched the AFC West. The Jets qualified for the playoffs as a Wild Card and had to fly out to Oakland one week later. The Raiders eliminated the Jets from the playoffs 38-24.
In 2002, the Raiders played the Jets in primetime again. The Silver and Black prevailed in a hotly contested Monday Night game 26-20. Oakland captured their third straight AFC Western Division title, a first round bye and earned home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Jets needed to defeat Green Bay, and a New England victory over the Miami Dolphins just to make the playoffs. A win over the Packers, and a comeback win by the Patriots gave the Jets the AFC East title and a first round match up with the Colts. After blowing out Indianapolis, the Jets headed west once again to face the Raiders. New York left Oakland empty-handed once again as the Raiders won convincingly 30-10 and advanced to the AFC Championship.
In 2003, the Jets exacted a measure of revenge winning a 27-24 decision in overtime in Oakland. The Raiders traveled to New York and lost a December 2005 match-up, 26-10, and a New Year’s Eve match-up to end the 2006 season, 23-3.
In 2008, the series returned to Oakland as K Sebastian Janikowski set an NFL record with the longest field goal to win an overtime game, a 57-yarder that lifted the Raiders to a 16-13 victory. In 2009, the Jets topped the Raiders 38-0 at the Oakland Coliseum.
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The scene shifted to the East Coast again in 2013 as the Jets stopped the Raiders 37-27 at MetLife Stadium – the location for this Sunday’s match-up.
The Raiders and Jets share a common bond dating back to the old American Football League when legends like Joe Namath and Daryle Lamonica battled deep into the history books. The two teams will meet again in 2014 in New Jersey with a pair of young guns at quarterback – second-year man Geno Smith for the Jets and rookie