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The Monday Night Miracle
1 2 3 4 OT Total
MIA 17 6 7 7 0 37
NYJ 0 7 0 30 3 40
Date 2000-10-23
Stadium The Meadowlands
Location East Rutherford, New Jersey
Network ABC
Announcers Al Michaels, Dan Fouts, and Dennis Miller

In the National Football League, "The Monday Night Miracle" refers to a Monday night game between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins played at The Meadowlands on October 23, 2000.

Background

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[1].

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."

The Jets proceeded to stage a furious rally in the fourth quarter, scoring 23 unanswered points to tie the game at 30. On the Dolphins' first play from scrimmage after the game was tied, they took a lead on a long touchdown pass by Jay Fiedler. However, the Jets still managed to drive downfield and tie the game. Improbably, the tying touchdown was caught by offensive tackle Jumbo Elliott.[2] After Elliott caught the touchdown pass, Dennis Miller remarked how opposing defenses, "couldn't keep him down forever." Jets kicker John Hall won the game with a field goal with 8:13 remaining in the extra session.[2]

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, while visiting the ABC broadcast booth, said at 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 would go on to complete the historic comeback.

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 "Lets go Yankees" chants countered by "Lets Go Mets" chants during the third quarter.

Scoring summary

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Dolphins 17 6 7 7 0 37
Jets 0 7 0 30 3 40
  • 1st Quarter
  • 2nd Quarter
  • 3rd Quarter
    • MIA - L. Smith 3-yard run (Mare kick)
  • 4th Quarter
    • NYJ - Coles 30-yard pass from Testaverde (2pt conversion failed)
    • NYJ - Wiggins 1-yard pass from Testaverde (Hall kick)
    • NYJ - FG Hall 34-yards
    • NYJ - Chrebet 24-yard pass from Testaverde (Hall kick)
    • MIA - Shepherd 46-yard pass from Fiedler (Mare kick)
    • NYJ - Elliott 3-yard pass from Testaverde (Hall kick)

The Jets made 20 first downs in the 4th quarter, as opposed to the Dolphins, who only managed one. Three of Testaverde's four 4th-quarter touchdown passes went to players who had never scored an NFL touchdown. (Coles, Wiggins, Elliott)

  • Overtime
    • NYJ - FG Hall 40-yards

References

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