1968 New York Jets Season
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1968 New York Jets Season

1968 New York Jets season
OwnerLeon Hess
Head coachWeeb Ewbank
General managerWeeb Ewbank
Home fieldShea Stadium
Local radioWABC-AM
Results
Record11-3
Division place1st AFL East
Playoff finishWon AFL Championship
(Oakland Raiders, 27-23)
Won Super Bowl III
(Baltimore Colts, 16-7)
Pro BowlersMLB 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

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 of 1967, they won the AFL Eastern Division with an 11-3 record. They defeated the defending champion 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 fourth-year 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

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, and Isselin was appointed president on August 6.[1]

Draft

1968 New York Jets draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 17 Lee White  RB Weber St
2 44 Steve Thompson  DE Washington
3 72 Sam Walton  OT East Texas St
4 101 Gary Magner  DT USC
5 128 Lee Jacobsen  LB Kearney St
7 182 Oscar Lubke  OT Ball St
8 200 Bob Taylor  RB Maryland Eastern Shore Pick from MIA
8 210 Jim Richards  DB Virginia Tech
8 214 Karl Henke  DT Tulsa Pick from HOU
9 236 Gary Houser  TE Oregon St
10 264 Mike D'Amato  DB Hofstra
11 290 Henry Owens  WR Weber St
12 318 Ray Hayes  OT Toledo
13 344 Tom Myslinski  OG Maryland
14 372 Harvey Naim  RB Southern
15 398 Ronnie Ehrig  DB Texas
16 426 Tom Bilotta  OG Adams St (CO)
17 452 Myles Strasser  RB Wisconsin-Oshkosh
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel

Staff/Coaches

Roster

Pre season

Preseason

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 August 12 at Houston Oilers L 14-28 0-1 Astrodome
40,354
Recap
2 August 17 Boston Patriots W 25-6 1-1 City Stadium
14,000
Recap
3 August 23 Atlanta Falcons W 27-12 2-1 Legion Field
27,406
Recap
4 August 30 Cincinnati Bengals L 9-13 2-2
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
24,358
Recap
5 September 7 Detroit Lions W 9-6 3-2
Cleveland Municipal Stadium
84,918
Recap

Regular season

Regular season schedule

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

Results

Home/Road Eastern Division Western Division
BOS BUF HOU MIA NY CIN DEN KC OAK SD
Eastern Boston Patriots 23-6 0-16 10-34 31-47* 33-14 14-35 17-27
Buffalo Bills 7-16 7-30 17-21 37-35 7-18 6-48 6-21
Houston Oilers 45-17 35-6 7-24 14-20 38-17 21-26 15-24
Miami Dolphins 38-7 14-14 10-24 7-31 21-38 3-48 21-47
New York Jets 48-14 25-21 26-7 35-17 27-14 13-21 23-20
Western Cincinnati Bengals 34-23 17-27 22-24 24-10 9-16 0-34 10-31
Denver Broncos 17-20 34-32 21-14 10-7 7-30 7-43 23-47
Kansas City Chiefs 31-17 24-10 19-20 13-3 34-2 24-10 27-20
Oakland Raiders 41-10 13-10 43-32 31-10 33-27 38-21 14-23
San Diego Chargers 30-14 34-28 15-37 29-13 55-24 3-40 27-34

(*) Played at Legion Field, Birmingham since Boston Red Sox refused to rent Fenway Park to Patriots.

Standings

AFL Eastern Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
New York Jets 11 3 0 .786 7-1 419 280 W4
Houston Oilers 7 7 0 .500 5-3 303 248 W2
Miami Dolphins 5 8 1 .385 4-3-1 276 355 L1
Boston Patriots 4 10 0 .286 2-6 229 406 L2
Buffalo Bills 1 12 1 .077 1-6-1 199 367 L8

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Game summary

Week 1: Bye Week

Week 2: at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 3: at Boston Patriots

Week 4: at Buffalo Bills

This game, won by the Buffalo Bills at the old War Memorial Stadium (known as the rock pile) in Buffalo was the only win for the Bills all season. A win over the eventual Super Bowl champions.

Week 5: vs. San Diego Chargers

Week 6: vs. Denver Broncos

Week 7: at Houston Oilers

Week 8: vs. Boston Patriots

Week 9: vs. Buffalo Bills

Week 10: vs. Houston Oilers

Week 11 at Raiders

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 7:00 pm 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.

Week 12: at San Diego Chargers

Week 13: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 14: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 15: at Miami Dolphins

Postseason

  • On December 29, Weeb Ewbank became the first coach to win titles in the National Football League and in the American Football League. His former team, the Baltimore Colts won the 1968 NFL Championship on December 29 as well. The Colts defeated the Cleveland Browns by a score of 34-0.[3]
Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
AFL Championship
December 29, 1968
Oakland Raiders
W 27-23 1-0
Shea Stadium
62,627
Recap
Super Bowl III
January 12, 1969
Baltimore Colts
W 16-7 2-0
Orange Bowl
75,402
Recap


AFL Championship

Super Bowl III

The Guarantee

Namath (middle) running a play against the Colts in Super Bowl III.

In January 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 considered the Jets to be considerable underdogs and treated them 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 it." 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.[4]

Scoring summary

Game Officials

Game Officials
Week Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Back Judge Field Judge
1
at Houston Oilers
2
vs. Boston Patriots
3
vs. Atlanta Falcons
4
vs. Cincinnati Bengals
5
vs. Detroit Lions

Regular season Game Officials

Game Officials
Week Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Back Judge Field Judge
1
Bye
2
at Kansas City Chiefs
3
vs. Boston Patriots
4
at Buffalo Bills
5
San Diego Chargers
6
Denver Broncos
(12) Ben Dreith
(22) Paul Trepinski
(33) Elvin Hutchinson
(65) Aaron Wade
(40) Bob Whetstone
(51) Frank Rustich
7
at Houston Oilers
8
Boston Patriots
9
Buffalo Bills
10
Houston Oilers
11
at Oakland Raiders
12
at San Diego Chargers
13
Miami Dolphins
Bob Finley
14
Cincinnati Bengals
15
at Miami Dolphins

Post season

Game Officials
Round Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Back Judge Field Judge Alternate
AFL Championship
Oakland Raiders
Walt Fitzgerald
George Young
Tony Veteri
Al Sabato
Hugh Gamber
Bob Baur
Super Bowl III
Baltimore Colts
(7) Tom Bell (NFL)
(25) Walt Parker (AFL)
(30) George Murphy (NFL)
(72) Cal Lepore (AFL)
(42) Jack Reader (AFL)
(54) Joe Gonzales (NFL)

Media

Radio
Flagship Station Play-by-play Color Commentator Studio Host
WABC-AM 770
Merle Harmon
Sam DeLuca
Pre season Local TV
Flagship Station Play-by-play Color Commentator
WOR-TV 9

Stats

Passing

Passing
Player G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate
Joe Namath 14 14 11-3-0 187 380 49.2 3147 15 3.9 17 4.5 87 8.3 7.1 16.8 224.8 72.1
Babe Parilli 14 0 29 55 52.7 401 5 9.1 2 3.6 40 7.3 7.5 13.8 28.6 91.6
Matt Snell 14 14 1 1 100.0 26 0 0.0 0 0.0 26 26.0 26.0 26.0 1.9 118.7
NYJ Totals 14 11-3-0 217 436 49.8 3574 20 4.6 19 4.4 87 8.2 7.2 16.5 255.3 74.8
Opp Totals 14 187 403 46.4 2567 17 4.2 28 6.9 6.4 4.09 13.7 183.4 77.9

Rushing

Rushing
Player G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G
Matt Snell 14 14 179 743 6 60 4.2 53.4 12.8
Emerson Boozer 12 12 143 441 5 33 3.1 36.8 11.9
Bill Mathis 14 2 74 208 5 16 2.8 14.9 5.3
Billy Joe 10 0 42 186 3 32 4.4 18.6 4.2
George Sauer 14 14 2 21 0 15 10.5 1.5 0.1
Mark Smolinski 14 0 12 15 0 5 1.3 1.1 0.9
Joe Namath 14 14 5 11 2 4 2.2 0.8 0.4
Babe Parilli 14 0 7 -2 1 10 -0.3 -0.1 0.5
Curley Johnson 14 1 2 -6 0 0 -3.0 -0.4 0.1
Bill Rademacher 14 0 1 -13 0 -13 -13.0 -0.9 0.1
NYJ Totals 14 467 1608 22 60 3.4 114.9 33.4
Opp Totals 14 368 1195 9 3.2 85.4 26.3

Receiving

Receiving
Player G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G
George Sauer 14 14 66 1141 17.3 3 43 4.7 81.5
Don Maynard 13 13 57 1297 22.8 10 87 4.4 99.8
Pete Lammons 13 13 32 400 12.5 3 27 2.5 30.8
Matt Snell 14 14 16 105 6.6 1 39 1.1 7.5
Emerson Boozer 12 12 12 101 8.4 0 23 1.0 8.4
Bake Turner 13 1 10 241 24.1 2 71 0.8 18.5
Bill Mathis 14 2 9 149 16.6 1 31 0.6 10.6
Mark Smolinski 14 0 6 40 6.7 0 19 0.4 2.9
Curley Johnson 14 1 5 78 15.6 0 18 0.4 5.6
Billy Joe 10 0 2 11 5.5 0 11 0.2 1.1
Bill Rademacher 14 0 2 11 5.5 0 6 0.1 0.8
NYJ Totals 14 217 3574 16.5 20 87 15.5 255.3
Opp Totals 14 187 2168 11.6 17 13.4 154.9

Kicking

Kicking
Player G GS 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA FG% XPM XPA XP%
Jim Turner 14 0 8-8 15-18 6-10 5-9 0-1 34 46 73.9% 43 43 100.0%
NYJ Totals 14 8-8 15-18 6-10 5-9 0-1 34 46 73.9% 43 43 100.0%
Opp Totals 14 9 17 73.9% 33 34 97.1%

Punting

Punting
Player G GS Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Curley Johnson 14 1 68 2977 65 1 43.8
NYJ Totals 14 68 2977 65 1 43.8
Opp Totals 14 98 3763 38.4

Kick Return

Kick Return
Player G GS Rt Yds TD Lng Y/RT
Earl Christy 14 0 25 599 0 87 24.0
Bake Turner 13 1 14 319 0 36 22.8
Matt Snell 14 14 3 28 0 15 9.3
Mike D'Amato 13 0 1 32 0 32 32.0
Mark Smolinski 14 0 1 17 0 17 17.0
John Neidert 5 0 1 0 0 0 0.0
Bill Rademacher 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0
NYJ Totals 14 46 995 0 87 21.6
Opp Totals 14 82 1664 0 20.3

Punt Return

Punt Return
Player G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R
Earl Christy 14 0 13 116 0 39 8.9
Bill Baird 14 14 18 111 0 20 6.2
Jim Richards 12 0 4 57 0 37 14.3
Gerry Philbin 14 14 1 2 0 2 2.0
NYJ Totals 14 36 286 0 39 7.9
Opp Totals 14 39 531 3 13.6

Defense & Fumbles

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary
Player G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts
Jim Turner 14 0 43 43 34 46 145
Don Maynard 13 13 10 10 60
Matt Snell 14 14 6 1 7 42
Bill Mathis 14 2 5 1 6 1 38
Emerson Boozer 12 12 5 5 30
Billy Joe 10 0 3 3 18
Pete Lammons 13 13 3 3 18
George Sauer 14 14 3 3 18
Joe Namath 14 14 2 2 12
Bake Turner 13 1 2 2 12
Randy Beverly 13 13 1 1 6
Babe Parilli 14 0 1 1 6
Johnny Sample 14 14 1 1 6
Mark Smolinski 14 0 1 1 6
Paul Crane 13 0 1 2
NYJ Totals 14 22 20 2 1 45 1 43 43 34 46 1 421
Opp Totals 14 9 17 3 3 4 33 34 9 17 280

Team

Team Stats
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Pass Cmp Pass Att Pass Yds Pass TD Int NY/A Pass 1stD Rush Att Rush Yds Rush TD Y/A Rush 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
NYJ Stats 419 5047 921 5.5 28 9 249 217 436 3439 20 19 7.6 144 467 1608 22 3.4 80 76 742 25
Opp Stats 280 3363 814 4.1 43 15 178 187 403 2168 17 28 4.9 104 368 1195 9 3.2 59 65 695 15
Lg Rank Offense 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 4 4 2 3 8 1 9
Lg Rank Defense 4 1 2 3 1 4 2 4 2 3 2 1 2 1

Quarter-by-quarter

Quarter-by-quarter
1 2 3 4 T
Jets 103 113 64 139 419
Opponents 44 69 41 126 280

Pop Culture

In the 2017 song Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled, Rihanna makes a reference to the '68 Jets.

Awards and honors

References

  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, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 283
  4. ^ He guaranteed it - Pro Football Hall of Fame

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