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1998 New York Jets season
Head Coach Bill Parcells
Home Field Giants Stadium
Results
Record 12–4
Place 1st AFC East
Playoff Finish Won Divisional round
34–24 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Lost AFC Championship
23–10 vs. Denver Broncos
Timeline
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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 tried to improve upon its 9–7 record from 1997 and finished 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. In the process, they also earned their first first-round bye, given to the two division winners with the best records. 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.

OffseasonEdit

In the offseason, the Jets signed New England Patriot 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 Dolphin linebacker Bryan Cox.

NFL DraftEdit

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 September 6 at San Francisco 49ers L 36–30 (OT) 3Com Park
64,419
2 September 13 Baltimore Ravens L 24–10 The Meadowlands
70,063
3 September 20 Indianapolis Colts W 44–6 The Meadowlands
79,469
4 Bye week
5 October 4 Miami Dolphins W 20–9 The Meadowlands
75,257
6 October 11 at St. Louis Rams L 30–10 Trans World Dome
65,437
7 October 19 at New England Patriots W 24–14 Foxboro Stadium
60,062
8 October 25 Atlanta Falcons W 28–3 The Meadowlands
71,573
9 November 1 at Kansas City Chiefs W 20–17 Arrowhead Stadium
65,104
10 November 8 Buffalo Bills W 34–12 The Meadowlands
75,403
11 November 15 at Indianapolis Colts L 24–23 RCA Dome
55,520
12 November 22 at Tennessee Oilers W 24–3 Vanderbilt Stadium
37,084
13 November 29 Carolina Panthers W 48–21 The Meadowlands
71,501
14 December 6 Seattle Seahawks W 32–31 The Meadowlands
72,200
15 December 13 at Miami Dolphins W 21–16 Pro Player Stadium
74,369
16 December 19 at Buffalo Bills W 17–10 Rich Stadium
79,056
17 December 27 New England Patriots W 31–10 The Meadowlands
74,302

StandingsEdit

AFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
New York Jets 1240.750416266
Miami Dolphins 1060.625321265
Buffalo Bills 1060.625400333
New England Patriots 970.563337329
Indianapolis Colts 3130.188310444

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
Divisional January 10 Jacksonville Jaguars W 34–24 The Meadowlands
78,817
AFC Champ. January 17 at Denver Broncos L 23–10 Mile High Stadium
75,482

Awards and recordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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