Monday Night Miracle (American football)

The Monday Night Miracle was an NFL Monday night game between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins played at Giants Stadium on October 23, 2000.[1] The Jets scored 30 points in the fourth quarter, twice tying the score, and sending the game into overtime, where they defeated the Dolphins, 40–37.

The Monday Night Miracle
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Giants Stadium, the site of the game.
Miami Dolphins
(5–1)
New York Jets
(5–1)
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Head coach:
Dave Wannstedt
Head coach:
Al Groh
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NYJ 070303 40
DateOctober 23, 2000
StadiumGiants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
RefereeWalt Coleman
TV in the United States
NetworkABC
AnnouncersAl Michaels, Dan Fouts, and Dennis Miller

Background

Like their 1994 showdown at Giants Stadium which was made famous by Dan Marino's "fake spike", this game was for first place in the AFC East as both teams entered the game with identical 5–1 records. But unlike the 1994 game which featured the Jets failing to hold a double-digit (18) lead in the second half, it was the Dolphins who failed to hold the lead.

The game is notable for having the second largest fourth-quarter comeback in NFL history and the largest comeback in Jets history. It was also voted the greatest game televised on ABC's Monday Night Football,[2] along with being #5 on NFL Top Ten's Top Ten Comebacks.[3]

At the end of the third quarter with the score 30–7 in Miami's favor, Jets broadcaster Howard David announced, "And with a whole quarter to go, this game is over."

Jets Comeback

The Jets proceeded to stage a furious rally in the fourth quarter, scoring 23 unanswered points to tie the game at 30. They scored three touchdowns and a field goal, but a two-point conversion attempt to Curtis Martin was stopped. On the Dolphins' first play from scrimmage after the game was tied, they took the lead on a long touchdown pass by Jay Fiedler to Leslie Shepherd. However, the Jets still managed to drive downfield and tie the game. One of the key plays was a 4th down catch at the Dolphins 2-yard line by Richie Anderson as he caught the ball despite a head-on hit by Zach Thomas and Dolphins defensive back Jerry Wilson. Improbably, the tying touchdown was caught by offensive tackle John "Jumbo" Elliott, playing as a tackle-eligible.[4] After Elliott caught the touchdown pass, Dennis Miller remarked how opposing defenses, "couldn't keep him down forever." In the overtime Fiedler was intercepted by Marcus Coleman but Coleman was hit by Thurman Thomas and fumbled the ball back to the Dolphins. Several plays later, Coleman intercepted Fiedler again and this time held on. An eventual Vinny Testaverde pass to Wayne Chrebet put the Jets in field goal range, and a pass that was nearly intercepted by Brock Marion hit the ground first, nullifying the turnover. Jets kicker John Hall then won the game with a field goal with 8:13 remaining in the extra session.[4]

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, while visiting the ABC broadcast booth, said after halftime,

Wayne Chrebet is going to pull it off. I think as usual the Jets are going to come from behind, you will see... I think the Dolphins have to be terminated.

Chrebet would catch a pass in the fourth quarter for a touchdown to tie the game at 30–30, and the Jets had finally tied the game up. But as soon as the comeback was complete, the Dolphins answered with a 46-yard td pass to Leslie Shepherd on the very first play after the kickoff. With about 3 and a half minutes left in the game, the Jets marched down the field and on the 3 yard line, Jumbo Elliott caught a 3-yard td pass and the game tied up at 37, and with less than 30 seconds, the game was heading for overtime.

The Monday night game for the Jets was in between Games 2 and 3 of the All New York (Yankees vs. Mets) 2000 World Series. The series overshadowed the game. In fact, the crowd broke out into "Let's Go Yankees" chants countered by "Let's Go Mets" chants during the third quarter.

Officials

  • Referee: Walt Coleman (#65)
  • Umpire: Undrey Wash (#96)
  • Head Linesman: John Schleyer (#21)
  • Line Judge: Dave Anderson (#81)
  • Field Judge: Scott Steenson (#88)
  • Side Judge: Bill Spyksma (#12)
  • Back Judge: Ron Spitler (#119)

Other Uses

  • On September 19, 2005, the Washington Redskins came back from a 13–0 deficit with less than 4 minutes left to defeat the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. This game is called the Monday Night Miracle by many in the Redskins fanbase

See also

References

  1. ^ October 23, 2000 Miami Dolphins at New York Jets Boxscore from Pro Football Reference
  2. ^ Diegnan, Mike (2002-12-04). "MNF's Greatest Games: Miami-New York Jets 2000". ABC Sports Online. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
  3. ^ "Top 10 greatest comebacks in NFL history". National Football League. 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
  4. ^ a b Battista, Judy (October 24, 2000). "The Jets Are the Last Team Standing". The New York Times. Retrieved December 8, 2009.

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2006 Chicago Bears–Arizona Cardinals game

On October 16, 2006, during the sixth week of the National Football League (NFL) regular season, the Chicago Bears defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 24–23, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The undefeated Bears staged the "comeback of the year" against the 1-win Cardinals after trailing by 20 points at halftime. This game is the first game in which the Bears won after trailing by 20 or more points since 1987 (they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27–26). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first win in Bears history in which they trailed by at least 20 points in the second half, and the Cardinals became the first team in NFL history to lose consecutive games in a season after being ahead by 14 or more points at the end of the first quarter in each of their games. The Bears also set an NFL record for the biggest comeback without scoring an offensive touchdown in league history. Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart became the first quarterback in history to throw at least 2 touchdown passes in each of his first 2 career starts. The last time a team won after committing 6 turnovers was over 20 years prior.The postgame press conference was notable for Cardinals head coach Dennis Green's profanity-laced rant, highlighted by the quote "The Bears are who we thought they were". The game was ranked #6 on NFL Top 10 on NFL Network for Top Ten Greatest Comebacks of All Time under the title "Cardinals Blow It"/"Monday Night Meltdown", as well as Top Ten Meltdowns at #7.

The Monday Night Miracle

The term "Monday Night Miracle" has been adopted in reference to at least two sporting contests. One was a 1986 National Hockey League game and the other a 2000 National Football League game.

The Monday Night Miracle (ice hockey), a game between the Calgary Flames and the St. Louis Blues

The Monday Night Miracle (American football). a game between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins

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