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The 2002 New York Jets season was the franchise's 33rd season in the National Football League (NFL), the 43rd season overall, and the second under head coach Herman Edwards. The team tried to improve upon its 10–6 record from 2001 but failed to do so after 2–5 start. However, the Jets recovered and finished 9–7, winning their second AFC East division title.

2002 New York Jets season
Head coachHerman Edwards
OwnerWoody Johnson
Home fieldThe Meadowlands
Results
Record9–7
Division place1st AFC East
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (Colts) 41–0
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 30–10
Pro BowlersC Kevin Mawae
DE John Abraham
Uniform
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After a heartbreaking 24–21 week 8 loss to the Cleveland Browns at the Meadowlands, head coach Herman Edwards gave his famous “You play to win the game" rant in the post-game press conference. The mid-season debut of quarterback Chad Pennington helped lead the Jets to a 7–2 record down the stretch. After posting a stunning rout of the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 41–0 at the Meadowlands in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, they lost for the second year in a row to the Oakland Raiders, 30–10 in the Divisional round.

OffseasonEdit

Additions Subtractions
P Matt Turk (Dolphins) P Tom Tupa (Buccaneers)
CB Aaron Beasley (Jaguars) CB Aaron Glenn (Texans)
G Dave Szott (Redskins) CB Marcus Coleman (Texans)
DT Josh Evans (Titans) T Ryan Young (Texans)
CB Donnie Abraham (Buccaneers) DE Rick Lyle (Patriots)
LB Sam Cowart (Bills) DT Shane Burton (Panthers)
DT Larry Webster (Ravens) G Kerry Jenkins (Buccaneers)
FS Sam Garnes (Giants)

2002 Expansion DraftEdit

New York Jets selected during the Expansion Draft
Round Overall Name Position Expansion Team
—— 2 Ryan Young Tackle Houston Texans
—— 3 Aaron Glenn Cornerback Houston Texans
—— 3 Marcus Coleman Cornerback Houston Texans

2002 NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position College
1 22 Bryan Thomas Defensive end UAB
2 57 Jon McGraw Safety Kansas State
3 88 Chris Baker Tight end Michigan State
4 121 Alan Harper Defensive tackle Fresno State
5 154 Jonathan Goodwin Guard Michigan

Undrafted free agentsEdit

2002 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Andrew Davison Cornerback Kansas
Brandon Moore Guard Illinois

StaffEdit

2002 New York Jets staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

RosterEdit

2002 New York Jets final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Under the NFL’s newly established schedule rotation, during the 2002 regular season the Jets’ non-divisional, conference opponents were primarily from the AFC West, although they also played the Cleveland Browns from the AFC North, and the Jacksonville Jaguars from the AFC South. Their non-conference opponents were from the NFC North.

Week Date Opponent Result Game site TV Kickoff Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 at Buffalo Bills W 37–31 (OT) Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS 1:00pm
72,751
2 September 15, 2002 New England Patriots L 44–7 Giants Stadium CBS 1:00pm
78,726
3 September 22, 2002 at Miami Dolphins L 30–3 Pro Player Stadium CBS 1:00pm
73,426
4 September 29, 2002 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 28–3 Alltel Stadium CBS 1:00pm
55,670
5 October 6, 2002 Kansas City Chiefs L 29–25 Giants Stadium CBS 4:15pm
78,149
6 Bye
7 October 20, 2002 Minnesota Vikings W 20–7 Giants Stadium FOX 1:00pm
78,516
8 October 27, 2002 Cleveland Browns L 24–21 Giants Stadium CBS 1:00pm
78,502
9 November 3, 2002 at San Diego Chargers W 44–13 Qualcomm Stadium CBS 4:15pm
59,772
10 November 10, 2002 Miami Dolphins W 13–10 Giants Stadium ESPN 8:30pm
78,920
11 November 17, 2002 at Detroit Lions W 31–14 Ford Field CBS 4:15pm
61,720
12 November 24, 2002 Buffalo Bills W 31–13 Giants Stadium CBS 1:00pm
78,745
13 December 2, 2002 at Oakland Raiders L 26–20 Network Associates Coliseum ABC 9:00pm
62,257
14 December 8, 2002 Denver Broncos W 19–13 Giants Stadium CBS 4:15pm
78,521
15 December 15, 2002 at Chicago Bears L 20–13 Memorial Stadium CBS 1:00pm
62,226
16 December 22, 2002 at New England Patriots W 30–17 Gillette Stadium ESPN 8:30pm
68,436
17 December 29, 2002 Green Bay Packers W 42–17 Giants Stadium FOX 4:15pm
78,733

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
WC January 4, 2003 Indianapolis Colts W 41–0 The Meadowlands
78,524
Div January 12, 2003 at Oakland Raiders L 30–10 Network Associates Coliseum
62,207

AFC Wild-Card Playoff Game: vs. Indianapolis ColtsEdit

1 2 34Total
Colts 0 0 000
Jets 7 17 10741

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

In his playoff debut, quarterback Chad Pennington completed 19 of 25 passes for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns as he led the Jets to a shutout victory over the Colts. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was limited to 14 out of 31 (45.2 percent) completions for 137 yards, with 2 interceptions.

Scoring summaryEdit

First Quarter

  • NYJ - Anderson 56 yard pass from Pennington (Hall kick) Jets 7-0

Second Quarter

  • NYJ – FG Hall 41 Jets 10-0
  • NYJ – Jordan 1 run (Hall kick) Jets 17-0
  • NYJ – Moss 4 pass from Pennington (Hall kick) Jets 24-0

Third Quarter

  • NYJ – FG Hall 39 Jets 27-0
  • NYJ – Baker 3 pass from Pennington (Hall kick) Jets 34-0

Fourth Quarter

  • NYJ – Jordan 1 run (Hall kick) Jets 41-0

Turnovers

  • Colts - 3
  • Jets - 0


StandingsEdit

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) New York Jets 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–6 359 336 W2
New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–6 381 346 W1
Miami Dolphins 9 7 0 .563 2–4 7–5 378 301 L2
Buffalo Bills 8 8 0 .500 2–4 5–7 379 397 W1

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