The New York Jets were part of the debut of prime time NFL action.
The news hasn’t been great for the New York Jets over the last day or so. We all saw the Sam Darnold news that dropped earlier today. It’s hard to believe some of these things that happen to the Jets. We just have to get past it and get ready for the next one. Next man up, as they say. The show must go on.
On to this week’s flashback article. Last week we looked at the game immediately following the Dennis Byrd injury. This week we go back to September 21, 1970 and Monday Night Football in week one of that season. Why? Because that was the night that Pete Rozelle’s dream of prime time football came to fruition. It also happened to be the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets doing battle.
That’s right, the premiere of Monday Night Football involved Joe Namath and your Jets. Look how far it has come since then.
So here we go. The Browns took off quickly in the game with 14 first quarter points. Bill Nelsen hit Gary Collins for an eight yard touchdown and Bo Scottt ran it in from two yards out. The Jets didn’t roll over, however. Running back Emerson Boozer scored the first of two touchdowns from five yards out to close the gap prior to halftime.
In the second half, the Browns got a big special teams boost from Homer Jones, who took a kickoff back 94 yards to open up the lead to 21-7. But still the Jets did not die. Boozer scored once again, this time from ten yards out to close the gap to within a touchdown. The Browns went up by ten points after Don Cockroft connected on a 27 yard field goal, Browns 24, Jets 14 as the third quarter came to an end.
In the final frame, Joe Namath hit George Sauer from 33 yards out to make it a 24-21 game. However, Namath threw his final of three interceptions to Billy Andrews who took it 25 yards to the house to ice the game for the Browns.
Final score, Browns 31, Jets 21.
So it didn’t work out. But, young Jets fans, you know that your team was involved in a historical moment for the NFL.
Here’s a bonus for you. On YouTube!, the full game was available, so here it is, for anyone who is interested:
There is a little history for you, older fans can remember it, young fans can watch for the first time. Enjoy.
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