Sports Illustrated asked it's NFC readers to submit their worst memories of their team losing, which you can read HERE, so i thought it would be quite an interesting topic to discuss among ourselves.
Which Jets loss do you most remember?
For me it has to be the 2004 loss to the Steelers in the Divisional round of the play-offs.
We went down early, but we fought back with a Santana Moss punt return TD and a Reggie Tongue interception of Big Ben that was returned for a touchdown. We went into that final quarter up by 7, Hines Ward scored a TD to tie it but that's where it gets dark for me. Chad Pennington had done hardly anything all game, but all of a sudden we drive into FG range. Doug Brien lines it up and it comes back off the crossbar.
However we intercept Big Ben on the next drive, and I believe we're destined to win that game. We were going all the way. A 43 yard field goal to win the game on the last play...but it drifts wide left. At that moment, I knew we would be going home. Big Ben drove them down the field in OT and they kicked the game winner. Heartbreak. To make matters worse, we overreact and pick up Mike Nugent the next year in the 2nd round. It hurt us in 2004 and beyond.
That will always be the Jets loss that sticks in my mind.