Jan. 12, 1969. New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7. The famous Joe Namath guarantee game. The third AFL-NFL Championship Game, and the one that altered the relationship between the established NFL and the upstart AFL forever. Forty-two years later it remains the single greatest day in Jets franchise history.
Magical moments in time should never be taken for granted, and by now Jets fans should understand that all too well. For more than four decades they have waited for their team to scale that mountain again, and it has not happened. With Rex Ryan at the helm the last two seasons the Jets have gotten close, losing in the AFC Championship Game both times. The magic, though, has not seen fit to visit the Jets again.
With the Jets running anywhere from 18- to 23-point underdogs Namath, the brash Jets quarterback said "The Jets will win on Sunday, I guarantee it."