The NFL announced an extension of its partnership with YouTube this week with a new program to stream three classic games from each team on the league' YouTube channel.
As part of the renewal, and for the first time ever on YouTube, the NFL will make available some of the most exciting games in NFL history. Three of the most memorable games for each of the 32 clubs in the NFL will be posted to the NFL's official channel on YouTube prior to the start of the 2016 season.
Which Jets games should the NFL stream? Here are some games I would like to see up there.
November 17, 1968: Oakland Raiders 43 New York Jets 32
This is the one of two Jets losses I will put on the list. I put it here because it is one of the most iconic games in pro football history. This was The Heidi Game. As the game ran long, NBC cut off its coverage to the East Coast at 7:00 p.m. to show the made-for-television movie Heidi. The Jets led 32-29 with just over one minute left when NBC cut coverage of the game. Viewers missed a pair of Raiders touchdowns in the final minute to give Oakland the win. For some decades old games such as this, there is no footage. I would love it if the NFL could find it and get this game onto YouTube along with the first few minutes of Heidi. It would be really interesting to get that experience.
December 29, 1968: New York Jets 27 Oakland Raiders 23
These teams met a little over a month later in a rematch. This time the AFL Championship was on the line. The Jets blew a 10-0 lead, but Joe Namath found Don Maynard for a 6 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to give the Jets the win and send New York to Super Bowl III. That Super Bowl is unquestionably the biggest win in franchise history, but this is unquestionably the second biggest win.
January 12, 1969: New York Jets 16 Baltimore Colts 7
The Jets won their only championship to date and shocked the world with what still is one of the biggest upsets in pro football history. Joe Namath backed up his famous guarantee as the Jets showed the AFL could compete with the NFL.
September 21, 1970: Cleveland Browns 31 New York Jets 21
It wasn't a great night for the Jets, but this was ABC's first Monday Night Football broadcast. Given how big Monday Night Football eventually became, this was an important moment for the league.
January 15, 1983: New York Jets 17 Los Angeles Raiders 14
After squandering a 10-0 halftime lead, the Jets rally from a fourth quarter deficit. A one yard touchdown run by Scott Dierking gave the Jets the lead, and a Lance Mehl interception of Jim Plunkett helped to seal the victory.
September 21, 1986: New York Jets 51 Miami Dolphins 45
In the days before high-flying passing offenses were common, Ken O'Brien outdueled Dan Marino in a game that featured eight lead changes. The Jets win despite 6 Marino touchdown passes as O'Brien hit a 43 yard touchdown pass in overtime to Wesley Walker. The win helped propel the Jets to a 10-1 start.
December 28, 1986: New York Jets 35 Kansas City Chiefs 15
After that 10-1 start, the Jets stumbled into the Playoffs at 10-6 after five straight losses. They won their first Playoff game in a laugher, though, as a new quarterback, Pat Ryan tossed three touchdown passes.
December 19, 1998: New York Jets 17 Buffalo Bills 10
The Jets clinched their first AFC East title in this Saturday afternoon game in Buffalo. CBS' footage of this game includes news interruptions to provide updates of votes during the Clinton impeachment process.
December 23, 2000: New York Jets 40 Miami Dolphins 37
This is another iconic NFL game. The Jets rallied from 30-7 down in the fourth quarter to tie the game. Then after the Dolphins went ahead 37-30, the Jets tied it again on a tackle eligible play as Jumbo Elliott caught a 3 yard touchdown pass from Vinny Testaverde. The Jets won it on a John Hall overtime field goal. This game took place on the only off day of the 2000 World Series between the Mets and the Yankees.
January 6, 2002: New York Jets 22 Oakland Raiders 20
John Hall put aside past demons on pressure kicks by nailing a 53 yarder with 59 seconds left. It was the seventh and final lead change of the game and put the Jets into the Playoffs.
December 29, 2002: New York Jets 41 Green Bay Packers 10
The Jets took the field not knowing whether this game would mean anything. During the first half, news broke that the Patriots had beaten the Dolphins in overtime. That meant a win would give the Jets the AFC East title. Chad Pennington threw 4 touchdowns as the Jets blew this game open in the second half. The Jets completed a comeback to win the division after a 1-4 start. The Pennington Era ultimately fell way short of expectations, but it felt like the sky was the limit on this day.
January 8, 2005: New York Jets 20 San Diego Chargers 17
This AFC Wild Card Playoff game was wild. An epic goal line stand by the defense was wiped out by a roughing the passer penalty on fourth down as Eric Barton hit Drew Brees in the head. In overtime, the Chargers were moving the ball on offense, driving for the winning score when Marty Schottenheimer got conservative. San Diego settled for a long field goal attempt that Nate Kaeding missed. The Jets drove the field and set up a game-winning kick by Doug Brien. A week later in Pittsburgh, the Jets' coaching staff would make a similar mistake to Schottenheimer, and Brien would be the goat. This one in San Diego was an edge of the seat thriller, though.
December 25, 2006: New York Jets 13 Miami Dolphins 10
On Christmas Night in Miami, the Jets prevailed in a driving rain storm. A 64 yard run by Leon Washington on a screen pass set up the game-winning field goal. The win set the Jets up to make the Playoffs by beating the Raiders the next week. They did just that.
January 3, 2010: New York Jets 37 Cincinnati Bengals 0
The Jets closed out their old stadium with a game they needed to win to make the Playoffs. The game was in doubt until the kickoff. Brad Smith ran for 92 yards, and Darrelle Revis pitched a shutout on Chad Ochocinco.
January 16, 2011: New York Jets 28 New England Patriots 21
This game wasn't an important game in the history of the NFL, but it was one of the biggest wins in Jets history. Just over a month earlier, the Jets were embarrassed on the same field, losing the most important game of the regular season by six touchdown. With everything on the line in the Playoffs, Rex Ryan's defense stifled Tom Brady, and Mark Sanchez threw 3 touchdown passes as the Jets stunned the NFL.