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1998 New York Jets season

1998 New York Jets season
Head coach Bill Parcells
Owner Leon Hess
Home field Giants Stadium
Record 12–4
Division place 1st AFC East
Playoff finish Won Divisional round
34–24 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Lost AFC Championship
23–10 vs. Denver Broncos
Previous season Next season
< 1997 1999 >

The 1998 New York Jets season was the 39th season for the team and the 29th in the National Football League. The team improved on its previous season by three games, finishing 12–4 in their second season under head coach Bill Parcells, winning their first division title since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970; the 12–4 record was also the best in Jets history. This success came just two years after the Jets' 1–15 record in 1996.

The Jets earned a first-round bye, given to the two division winners with the best records, for the first time. They defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Divisional round of the playoffs. Their attempt to reach their first Super Bowl in thirty years fell short when they lost to John Elway and the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game 23–10.

The 1998 Jets are one of only two teams in NFL history[1] to win seven games against teams that would go on to make the playoffs.[2]


In the offseason, the Jets signed New England Patriots running back Curtis Martin to an offer sheet. The Patriots had offered Martin, their star running back, a tender deal that would net them a first-round pick and a third-round pick if a team signed him. Jets coach and general manager Bill Parcells, who had left New England two years prior and still harbored some bad blood with the team, offered Martin a very large contract that the Patriots were unwilling to match, further fueling the rivalry between the teams.

In addition, the Jets parted ways with veteran quarterback Neil O'Donnell after two seasons and signed another veteran, Vinny Testaverde, to serve as backup to Glenn Foley. Testaverde eventually succeeded Foley as the starter and led the Jets to their division title. On defense, New York added former Miami Dolphins linebacker Bryan Cox.

NFL Draft

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Game site Notes Attendance
1 September 6, 1998 at San Francisco 49ers L 36–30 (OT) 3Com Park Game decided in overtime on Garrison Hearst's 96-yard touchdown run
2 September 13, 1998 Baltimore Ravens L 24–10 Giants Stadium Glenn Foley threw three interceptions
3 September 20, 1998 Indianapolis Colts W 44–6 Giants Stadium Vinny Testaverde replaced Foley and threw four touchdowns
4 Bye
5 October 4, 1998 Miami Dolphins W 20–9 Giants Stadium Jets intercepted Dan Marino twice
6 October 11, 1998 at St. Louis Rams L 30–10 Trans World Dome Foley started but benched for Testaverde
7 October 19, 1998 at New England Patriots W 24–14 Foxboro Stadium Former Patriot Curtis Martin rushed for 107 yards
8 October 25, 1998 Atlanta Falcons W 28–3 Giants Stadium Falcons played backup quarterbacks Tony Graziani and Steve DeBerg; Jets intercepted passes from both
9 November 1, 1998 at Kansas City Chiefs W 20–17 Arrowhead Stadium Jets erased 17–10 gap in fourth quarter
10 November 8, 1998 Buffalo Bills W 34–12 Giants Stadium Bills quarterback Doug Flutie intercepted twice
11 November 15, 1998 at Indianapolis Colts L 24–23 RCA Dome Last loss of the regular season
12 November 22, 1998 at Tennessee Oilers W 24–3 Vanderbilt Stadium Steve McNair limited to 163 yards total offense
13 November 29, 1998 Carolina Panthers W 48–21 Giants Stadium Keyshawn Johnson ran in a 35-yard score
14 December 6, 1998 Seattle Seahawks W 32–31 Giants Stadium Phil Luckett criticized for a late Testaverde rushing touchdown where replays showed him down short of the goal. Announcers on CBS were Kevin Harlan and Sam Wyche.
15 December 13, 1998 at Miami Dolphins W 21–16 Pro Player Stadium Dan Marino sacked five times
16 December 19, 1998 at Buffalo Bills W 17–10 Rich Stadium Jets complete first season sweep of Bills since 1994
17 December 27, 1998 New England Patriots W 31–10 Giants Stadium Jets win AFC East for first time


AFC East
(2) New York Jets 12 4 0 .750 416 266 W6
(4) Miami Dolphins 10 6 0 .625 321 265 L1
(5) Buffalo Bills 10 6 0 .625 400 333 W1
(6) New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 337 329 L1
Indianapolis Colts 3 13 0 .188 310 444 L2

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