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New York Jets history is unlike any other dataset assembled by a professional sports franchise. There sure is a lot of pain, but there are also magical moments that simply cannot be matched.

For instance, Super Bowl 3 is an event that cannot be overvalued.

Joe Namath‘s bold guarantee in 1969 (the 1968 NFL season) prefaced the greatest upset in sports history (this side of the Miracle on Ice in 1980). Up until that Jets-Baltimore Colts matchup—featuring an absurd 18-point spread—the NFL-AFC World Championship was considered a joke.

While the first merger happened in 1966, nothing yet could be described as “official.” The NFL’s Green Bay Packers had run through the AFL’s best over the first two big games, and nobody thought the Jets had a chance against the Colts—even despite the fact that 1969 marked the first time the big game was called the Super Bowl, thanks to then-Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt.

Namath and the Jets changed everything.

New York’s 16-7 victory sent shockwaves through the sport and catapulted Namath to pop culture icon. In many ways, he became the first celebrity athlete this country had ever seen (with apologies to the great Muhammad Ali).

After Hunt’s Chiefs knocked off the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl 4, the modern NFL was born. The two leagues merged to completion and it led to the most powerful professional sports league in history—what we know it as today.

Outside of the Jets’ lone championship, well, fans are still waiting for more magic.

Up until 1997, the organization qualified for the playoffs just seven times. Only once had the Jets made it all the way to the AFC championship game (1982 season vs. the Miami Dolphins).

Then, a man named Big Tuna altered the franchise’s needle.

From 1998 to 2010, the Jets qualified for the NFL playoffs another seven times, making it to the AFC championship game three times.

In 1998, despite leading 10-0 in Denver against the Broncos, they couldn’t hold on. In 2009, another lead was blown to Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts. A year later in the 2010 NFL season, Rex Ryan’s Jets overadjusted against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Today, the Jets’ tournament-less streak is the longest in the league, something Joe Douglas, Robert Saleh and Zach Wilson are looking to change as soon as possible.

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NY Jets History FAQ

Have the New York Jets ever won the Super Bowl?

Yes, the New York Jets won Super Bowl 3 by defeating the Baltimore Colts, 16-7. Super Bowl MVP Joe Namath guaranteed victory prior to the game, despite his team's 18-point underdog status. This Super Bowl was played in 1969 as part of the 1968 NFL season, and paved the way for the NFL and AFL to completely merge in the 1970 season.

When was the last time the New York Jets won the Super Bowl?

The last time the New York Jets won the Super Bowl was back in 1969 (the 1968 NFL season).

How many times have the New York Jets made the NFL playoffs?

The New York Jets have made the NFL playoffs 14 times, including the pre-merger days of the AFL.

When was the last time the New York Jets made the NFL playoffs?

The last time the New York Jets made the NFL playoffs was in 2011 (the 2010 NFL season). It is currently the longest active NFL streak of playoff-less seasons.

Who is the greatest player in New York Jets history?

Although there is no clearcut answer, it's widely considered that quarterback Joe Namath is the New York Jets' greatest all-time player, especially considering the special circumstances involving the franchise's lone Super Bowl and pop culture icon status. Other candidates include wide receiver DonMaynard, defensive lineman Joe Klecko, running back Curtis Martin and cornerback Darrelle Revis.

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