1968 New York Jets season
Head Coach Weeb Ewbank
General Manager Weeb Ewbank
Home Field Shea Stadium
Results
Record 11–3
Place 1st AFL East
Playoff Finish Won AFL Championship
27–23 vs. Raiders
Won Super Bowl III
16–7 vs. Colts
Pro Bowlers MLB Al Atkinson
RDE Verlon Biggs
HB Emerson Boozer
RDT John Elliott
RG Dave Herman
LT Winston Hill
FL Don Maynard
QB Joe Namath
LDE Gerry Philbin
SE George Sauer
K Jim Turner
Timeline
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1967 1969

The 1968 New York Jets season was the ninth season for the team in the American Football League (AFL). The team had the most successful season in franchise history. Trying to improve upon their 8–5–1 record in 1967, they won the AFL Eastern Division with an 11–3 record. They defeated the Oakland Raiders in the AFL Championship game, and earned the right to play in Super Bowl III against the NFL champion Baltimore Colts. In a stunning upset, marked by quarterback Joe Namath's famous "guarantee" of victory, the Jets defeated the heavily favored Colts 16–7. The Jets have yet to return to the Super Bowl and makes them along with the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the only teams to have been to just one Super Bowl and win it.

On April 2, 2007, NFL Network aired America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions, the 1968 New York Jets, with team commentary from Joe Namath, Gerry Philbin, and Don Maynard, and narrated by Alec Baldwin.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

On May 21, Sonny Werblin sold his shares in the Jets to his partners Don Lillis, Leon Hess, Townsend Martin and Phil Isselin. Lillis became the President on May 21 but died on July 23. Isselin was appointed President on August 6.[1]

AFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 17 Lee White RB Weber State
2 44 Steve Thompson DE Washington
3 72 Sam Walton OT East Texas State
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Pre Season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Attendance
1 August 12 at Houston Oilers L 14–28 0–1 Astrodome 40,534
2 August 17 vs. Boston Patriots W 25–6 1–1 City Stadium 14,000
3 August 23 vs. Atlanta Falcons W 27–12 2–1 Legion Field 27,406
4 August 30 vs. Cincinnati Bengals L 9–13 2–2 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium 24,358
5 September 7 vs. Detroit Lions W 9–6 3–2 Cleveland Stadium 84,918

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Attendance
1 Bye week
2 September 15 at Kansas City W 20–19
1–0
Municipal Stadium
48,871
3 September 22 vs. Boston W 47–31
2–0
Legion Field [2]
29,192
4 September 29 at Buffalo L 35–37
2–1
War Memorial Stadium
38,044
5 October 5 San Diego W 23–20
3–1
Shea Stadium
63,786
6 October 13 Denver L 13–21
3–2
Shea Stadium
63,052
7 October 20 at Houston W 20–14
4–2
Astrodome
51,710
8 October 27 Boston W 48–14
5–2
Shea Stadium
62,351
9 November 3 Buffalo W 25–21
6–2
Shea Stadium
61,452
10 November 10 Houston W 26–7
7–2
Shea Stadium
60,242
11 November 17 at Oakland L 32–43
7–3
Oakland Coliseum
53,318
12 November 24 at San Diego W 37–15
8–3
San Diego Stadium
51,175
13 December 1 Miami W 35–17
9–3
Shea Stadium
61,766
14 December 8 Cincinnati W 27–14
10–3
Shea Stadium
61,111
15 December 15 at Miami W 31–7
11–3
Miami Orange Bowl
32,843

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

Week 1: Bye Week[edit | edit source]

Week 2: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit | edit source]

Week 3: at Boston Patriots[edit | edit source]

Week 4: at Buffalo Bills[edit | edit source]

Week 5: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit | edit source]

Week 6: vs. Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]

Week 7: at Houston Oilers[edit | edit source]

Week 8: vs. Boston Patriots[edit | edit source]

Week 9: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit | edit source]

Week 10: vs. Houston Oilers[edit | edit source]

Week 11: at Oakland Raiders[edit | edit source]

Week 12: at San Diego Chargers[edit | edit source]

Week 13: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit | edit source]

Week 14: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit | edit source]

Week 15: at Miami Dolphins[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Eastern Division

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Team W L T PCT PF PA
*New York Jets 11 3 0 .786 419 280
Houston Oilers 7 7 0 .500 303 248
Miami Dolphins 5 8 1 .385 276 355
Boston Patriots 4 10 0 .286 229 406
Buffalo Bills 1 12 1 .077 199 367

Stats[edit | edit source]

Passing[edit | edit source]

Rushing[edit | edit source]

Receiving[edit | edit source]

Kicking[edit | edit source]

Punting[edit | edit source]

Kick Return[edit | edit source]

Punt Return[edit | edit source]

Defense & Fumbles[edit | edit source]

Scoring Summary[edit | edit source]

Team[edit | edit source]

Quarter-by-quarter[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 T
Jets 103 113 64 139 429
Opponents 44 69 41 126 280

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Staff/Coaches[edit | edit source]

1968 New York Jets staff
Front Office


Coachcing Staff

 

Offensive Coaches

Defensive Coaches

Roster[edit | edit source]

1968 New York Jets roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

*Rookies in italics

Heidi Game[edit | edit source]

The 1968 season also saw the Jets involved in one of the most notorious incidents in television history, an incident that would change the way television networks carried sporting events for decades to come. On November 17, 1968, just before 7:00pm Eastern time, the Jets scored late to take a 32–29 lead over the Oakland Raiders with 1:05 left. NBC cut to a commercial, and then everywhere but the West Coast showed the movie Heidi, a show which NBC had promoted extensively for the sweeps period. Outraged fans bombarded NBC headquarters in New York with phone calls demanding the game be restored; so many phone calls were made that they eventually knocked out the NBC switchboard. Even though a decision was made to carry the game to conclusion, this decision could not be communicated, thus resulting in the movie starting on schedule.

Fans' ire was further fueled when they discovered that NBC's cutting away from the game denied them from seeing live a dramatic finish. On the Raiders' second play from scrimmage on the next drive, Daryle Lamonica threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Smith, giving the Raiders a 36–32 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Earl Christy of the Jets fumbled at the 10 yard line, which the Raiders' Preston Ridlehuber converted into another touchdown, ultimately giving the Raiders a 43–32 victory. Much of the country learned of this final outcome only via a bottom-of-screen crawl line shown during the movie. This incident, dubbed the Heidi Game, resulted in most television networks and sports leagues amending their television policies to ensure that games in progress would be broadcast to their conclusion, no matter what, even if it meant delaying or canceling the rest of the network's lineup, and even if the game's outcome seemed assured.

Postseason[edit | edit source]

Round Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
AFL Championship December 29 Oakland Raiders W 27–23 Shea Stadium
62,627
Super Bowl III January 12 Baltimore Colts W 16–7 Miami Orange Bowl
75,402

Postseason game summaries[edit | edit source]

1968 AFL Championship: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit | edit source]

Super Bowl III: vs. Baltimore Colts[edit | edit source]

The Guarantee[edit | edit source]

In 1969, the Jets would reach the pinnacle of their existence and provide the moment that would indicate the AFL's coming of age. Under Namath's guidance, the Jets rose to the top of the AFL, defeating the Oakland Raiders in a thrilling AFL championship game, 27–23. The win qualified them to represent their league in a game that was being referred to for the first time as the Super Bowl (and referred to retroactively as Super Bowl III). They were pitted against the champions of the NFL, the Baltimore Colts. At the time, the AFL was considered to be inferior to the NFL, and most people considered the Jets to be considerable underdogs and treated the Jets as such. That would change three nights before the game while Namath was being honored by the Miami Touchdown Club as its Player Of The Year. Namath took exception to a heckling Colts fan and used that moment to lament the lack of respect his team had gotten to that point. He then said "The Jets will win Sunday. I guarantee you." His audacious remark proved correct, as the Jets created one of the greatest upsets in football history by defeating the Colts 16–7. This victory showed that the AFL was capable of competing with the NFL.

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1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 7 6 3 16
Colts 0 0 0 7 7




Scoring summary[edit | edit source]

Quarter Time Team Drive Scoring Information Score
Length Plays Time NYJ BAL
2 9:03 NYJ 80 12 5:06 TD: Matt Snell 4 yard run (Jim Turner kick) 7 0
3 10:08 NYJ 8 8 4:17 FG: Jim Turner 32 yards 10 0
3 3:58 NYJ 45 10 4:06 FG: Jim Turner 30 yards 13 0
4 13:26 NYJ 61 7 3:58 FG: Jim Turner 9 yards 16 0
4 3:19 BAL 80 14 3:15 TD: Jerry Hill 1 yard run (Lou Michaels kick) 16 7

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 283
  2. 1968 schedule
  3. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book. New York City, NY: Workman Publishing Company. p. 298. Template:Citation/identifier. 
  4. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.283
  5. He guaranteed it – Pro Football Hall of Fame

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