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The 2004 New York Jets season was the franchise's 35th season in the National Football League (NFL), the 45th season overall, and the fourth under head coach Herman Edwards.

2004 New York Jets season
Head coachHerman Edwards
OwnerWoody Johnson
Home fieldGiants Stadium
Division place2nd AFC East
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (Chargers) 20–17 (OT)
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 20–17 (OT)
Pro BowlersC Kevin Mawae
RB Curtis Martin
DE John Abraham
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A rushing play by LaMont Jordan for New York against the Miami Dolphins in 2004, week 8

The season began with the Jets attempting to improve on their 6–10 2003 record. The Jets started the season by winning their first five games, which constituted a franchise record. They ultimately finished 10–6, and clinched the fifth seed in the playoffs, reaching the postseason for the third time in four seasons.

They upset the AFC West champion San Diego Chargers in the Wild Card round, winning in overtime 20–17, but would lose in the Divisional round to the Pittsburgh Steelers, also by a score 20–17 in overtime.



The Jets signed former Arizona Cardinals cornerback David Barrett and Oakland Raiders linebacker Eric Barton.

NFL DraftEdit

The Jets were granted the 12th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft by virtue of their 6–10 record in 2003. They used this pick to take linebacker Jonathan Vilma from the University of Miami. They were also granted the maximum four compensatory draft picks as a result of losing premium free agents before the 2003 season.[1]

Round Pick Player Position College
1 12 Jonathan Vilma Linebacker Miami (FL)
3 76 Derrick Strait Cornerback Oklahoma
4 108 Jerricho Cotchery Wide receiver NC State
132 Adrian Jones Offensive tackle Kansas
5 143 Erik Coleman Safety Washington State
6 178 Marko Cavka Tackle Sacramento State
7 213 Darrell McClover Linebacker Miami (FL)
234 Trevor Johnson Defensive end Nebraska
235 Derrick Ward Running back Ottawa (KS)
236 Rashad Washington Strong safety Kansas State


2004 New York Jets staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Strength and conditioning


2004 New York Jets final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad



Date Opponent Result Game site
August 13, 2004 New Orleans Saints L 23–13 Louisiana Superdome
August 21, 2004 Indianapolis Colts W 31–7 RCA Dome
August 27, 2004 New York Giants W 17–10 The Meadowlands
September 3, 2004 Philadelphia Eagles W 28–27 The Meadowlands

Regular seasonEdit

During the 2004 regular season the Jets’ non-divisional, conference opponents were primarily from the AFC North, although they also played the Houston Texans from the AFC South, and the San Diego Chargers from the AFC West. Their non-conference opponents were from the NFC West.

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Kickoff (ET) TV
1 September 12, 2004 Cincinnati Bengals W 31–24 Giants Stadium 1:00pm CBS
2 September 19, 2004 San Diego Chargers W 34–28 Qualcomm Stadium 4:15pm CBS
3 Bye
4 October 3, 2004 Miami Dolphins W 17–9 Pro Player Stadium 4:15pm CBS
5 October 10, 2004 Buffalo Bills W 16–14 Giants Stadium 4:15pm CBS
6 October 17, 2004 San Francisco 49ers W 22–14 Giants Stadium 1:00pm FOX
7 October 24, 2004 New England Patriots L 13–7 Gillette Stadium 4:15pm CBS
8 November 1, 2004 Miami Dolphins W 41–14 Giants Stadium 9:00pm ABC
9 November 7, 2004 Buffalo Bills L 22–17 Ralph Wilson Stadium 1:00pm CBS
10 November 14, 2004 Baltimore Ravens L 20–17 (OT) Giants Stadium 1:00pm CBS
11 November 21, 2004 Cleveland Browns W 10–7 Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00pm CBS
12 November 28, 2004 Arizona Cardinals W 13–3 Sun Devil Stadium 4:15pm CBS
13 December 5, 2004 Houston Texans W 29–7 Giants Stadium 1:00pm CBS
14 December 12, 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–6 Heinz Field 4:15pm CBS
15 December 19, 2004 Seattle Seahawks W 37–14 Giants Stadium 1:00pm FOX
16 December 26, 2004 New England Patriots L 23–7 Giants Stadium 4:15pm CBS
17 January 2, 2005 St. Louis Rams L 32–29 (OT) Edward Jones Dome 1:00pm CBS


Week Date Opponent Result Game site Kickoff (ET) TV
Wild card January 8, 2005 San Diego Chargers W 20–17 (OT) Qualcomm Stadium 8:00pm ABC
Divisional January 15, 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers L 20–17 (OT) Heinz Field 4:30pm CBS

Regular season game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit

1 2 34Total
Bengals 7 3 7724
Jets 14 0 10731

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

The major story heading into this game was the professional debut of Bengal quarterback Carson Palmer. However, the Jets’ offense, led by running back Curtis Martin, spearheaded the Jets’ victory. After an early fumble led to a Bengals touchdown, the Jets took the lead late in the first quarter and never trailed. Martin ran for 196 yards and a touchdown, as well as a touchdown reception, and was an opening day record for Jets running backs.[2] Quarterback Chad Pennington, making his first opening day start in his career, threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns and was an efficient 20-for-27 passing.

Week 2: at San Diego ChargersEdit

1 2 34Total
Jets 14 3 10734
Chargers 0 7 71428

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

The Jets got out to a 20-point lead before holding off a second-half comeback by San Diego. Two Curtis Martin touchdowns helped stake New York to a 17–0 lead, which grew to 27–7 after a field goal and a touchdown pass from Chad Pennington to Jerald Sowell. The Chargers finally responded late in the third quarter with a four-yard touchdown run from LaDainian Tomlinson, followed by a 33-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Drew Brees to Reche Caldwell. A one-yard touchdown pass from Pennington to Chris Baker in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach for San Diego.

Martin’s 119 yards made him the Jets’ all-time rushing leader, passing Freeman McNeil's mark of 8,074 yards.[3]

Week 4: at Miami DolphinsEdit

1 2 34Total
Jets 7 3 7017
Dolphins 0 9 009

at Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Game time: 4:15 PM EDT
  • Game weather: 88 °F or 31.1 °C (Partly cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 73,157
  • TV: CBS

The Dolphins were looking for their first win while the Jets were looking to stay undefeated. Midway through the first quarter, Santana Moss returned a punt 24 yards to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Curtis Martin. The Dolphins responded with 2 field goals. Leading 10–6 late in the 2nd quarter, Jets quarterback Chad Pennington was picked off by Arturo Freeman to set up a third Olindo Mare field goal and a 10–9 deficit. On Miami’s opening drive of the second half, quarterback Jay Fielder was intercepted by Donnie Abraham who returned in 66 yards for a touchdown putting the Jets ahead 17–9. That was all the cushion the Jets would need as the defense went on the force 3 more turnovers and hold on to beat the Dolphins keeping them undefeated at 3–0

Week 5: vs. Buffalo BillsEdit

1 2 34Total
Bills 0 0 01414
Jets 0 10 3316

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 4:05 PM EDT
  • Game weather: 64 °F (17.8 °C)
  • Game attendance: 77,976
  • TV: CBS

The Jets looked to go 4–0, while the Bills looked for their first win of the year. The Jets started off strong with a 61-yard drive to the Bills 11, however Doug Brien’s 29-yard field goal attempt on 4th down was wide left. Both teams traded punts before the Jets went on a 79-yard drive which took 4:12 off the clock and ended on a Chris Baker 1-yard touchdown reception from Pennington. Both teams traded punts once again before the Jets advanced to the Bills 19 and Doug Brien nailed a 37-yard field goal seconds before halftime. With 6:56 left in the 3rd Pennington hit Wayne Chrebet on a 27-yard catch which set up a 36-yard field goal by Brien. After a Bills punt Pennington led the Jets down the field before he was intercepted by Jeff Posey. The Bills then advanced 53 yards before Bledsoe hit Mark Campbell on a 16-yard touchdown. After a Jets punt, Bledsoe led the Bills on a 63-yard drive capped off on a 46-yard Lee Evans touchdown giving them the 14–13 lead with 6:58 left in the game. However, the Jets wouldn’t go down and went on a 60-yard drive which ended on a game winning Doug Brien 38-yard field goal with 59 seconds left in the game. The Bills were able to get to their own 48-yard line before Bledsoe threw a game sealing interception to Terrell Buckley with 2 seconds remaining in the game.

Week 6: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

1 2 34Total
49ers 7 7 0014
Jets 0 3 61322

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather: 53 °F or 11.7 °C (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 78,189
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen and Bill Maas

After the 1–4 Niners jumped to a 14–0 lead, the Jets clawed back as Lamont Jordan and Curtis Martin touchdowns (marred by two failed 2-point attempts) iced a 22–14 Jets lead and a 5–0 record.

Week 7: at New England PatriotsEdit

1 2 34Total
Jets 0 7 007
Patriots 3 10 0013

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Game time: 4:05 PM EDT
  • Game weather: 46 °F or 7.8 °C (Cloudy, windy, occasional drizzle)
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • TV: CBS

The Jets’ win streak ended in a 13–7 finalé and the Patriots’ league-record win streak reached 21 as David Patten’s touchdown catch from Tom Brady wrapped up the second quarter. From there neither team could score: the second half saw seven punts, a Dan Klecko fumble, and a failed fourth down attempt by the Jets.

Week 8: vs. Miami DolphinsEdit

1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 7 0714
Jets 7 10 141041

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 9:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 52 °F or 11.1 °C (Partly cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 78,216
  • TV announcers (ABC): Al Michaels and John Madden

The Jets hosted the Dolphins on Monday Night Football and rebounded from their first loss of the year to pummel Miami 41–14. Chad Pennington had three touchdown throws while Curtis Martin and Lamont Jordan added rushing scores; the Jets also intercepted Jay Fiedler twice.

LaMont Jordan receives a handoff in week 8 against Miami

Week 9: at Buffalo BillsEdit

1 2 34Total
Jets 0 10 0717
Bills 7 3 7522

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 55 °F or 12.8 °C (Mostly cloudy, windy)
  • Game attendance: 72,574
  • TV: CBS

Willis McGahee led the Bills offense with 132 rushing yards and a touchdown as the Bills upended the Jets 22–17. Drew Bledsoe had 184 passing yards and a score (to Lee Evans) while Chad Pennington had one touchdown and one pick; he had to come out and former Cowboy Quincy Carter completed two passes, one of them a 51-yard score to Santana Moss.

Week 10: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

1 2 34OTTotal
Ravens 0 7 37320
Jets 0 14 03017

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 48 °F or 8.9 °C (Clear)
  • Game attendance: 77,826
  • TV: CBS

With Carter starting for injured Pennington, the Jets rushed to a 14–0 early lead on two Curtis Martin touchdowns, but Kyle Boller led the Ravens to a 17–14 lead on two touchdowns to Clarence Moore. The Jets tied it and in overtime Matt Stover won it for the Ravens (20–17 final) from 42 yards out.

Week 11: at Cleveland BrownsEdit

1 2 34Total
Jets 0 0 3710
Browns 0 7 007

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 51 °F or 10.6 °C (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 72,547
  • TV: CBS

On a fourth quarter touchdown to Justin McCareins, Quincy Carter got his first win since his last season in Dallas as the Jets edged the Browns 10–7. Jeff Garcia managed a three-yard score to Aaron Shea but managed only 88 passing yards.

Week 12: at Arizona CardinalsEdit

1 2 34Total
Jets 0 3 10013
Cardinals 0 3 003

at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

  • Game time: 4:15 PM EST/2:15 PM MST
  • Game weather: 63 °F or 17.2 °C (Partly cloudy, windy)
  • Game attendance: 35,820
  • TV: CBS

Former Dallas Cowboys Quincy Carter of the Jets and Emmitt Smith of the Cardinals squared off in a 13–3 Jets win. Carter had a 69-yard touchdown to Santana Moss while Smith was held to just 21 yards amid four Cardinals turnovers (two of them interceptions by Josh McCown).

Week 13: vs. Houston TexansEdit

1 2 34Total
Texans 0 7 007
Jets 3 3 71629

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 56 °F (13.3 °C)
  • Game attendance: 77,875
  • TV: CBS

Chad Pennington returned and threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns as the Jets crushed the Texans 29–7, picking off David Carr twice.

Week 14: at Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

1 2 34Total
Jets 0 0 336
Steelers 3 0 01417

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 4:05 PM EST
  • Game weather: 34 °F or 1.1 °C (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 63,581
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

The Steelers’ win streak under rookie Ben Roethlisberger continued as “Big Ben” threw for just 144 yards (and was intercepted twice), but the Jets performed worse; the Steelers intercepted Chad Pennington three times and the Jets committed twelve penalties (to two for Pittsburgh) as the Steelers won 17–6. Jerome Bettis ran in one touchdown and threw once for ten yards.

Week 15: vs. Seattle SeahawksEdit

1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 7 0014
Jets 3 21 6737

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

The Jets exploded to five touchdowns, three by Chad Pennington with a missed PAT and two rushing scores by Curtis Martin to rout the Seahawks 37–14; they gained 482 yards of offense to 275 yards for the Seahawks.

Week 16: vs. New England PatriotsEdit

1 2 34Total
Patriots 0 13 3723
Jets 0 0 077

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 4:05 PM EST
  • Game weather: 30 °F or −1.1 °C (Overcast)
  • Game attendance: 77,975
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

New York area media had been critical of the Jets for their inability to beat quality opponents; Kevin Mawae and Pennington were sharp in responses to media criticism (said Mawae following the Jets’ win over Houston, referencing New York’s earlier defeat of the Chargers, “San Diego is 9–3. We’re 9–3. Is San Diego not a good team?”), but they fell flat against the Patriots, themselves smarting from an ugly loss in Miami the week earlier. Tom Brady had two touchdowns and Pennington was picked off twice as the Patriots won 23-7; the loss prevented the Jets from clinching a playoff spot.

Week 17: at St. Louis RamsEdit

1 2 34OTTotal
Jets 3 7 163029
Rams 0 14 78332

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

The Jets clinched a playoff spot despite failing 32–29 in overtime; they erased a 21–10 Rams lead as Chad Pennington and three Jets backs led by Curtis Martin’s 153 yards almost evenly split 361 yards in the air and on the ground. Marc Bulger managed by himself to outgain the entire Jet offense with 450 passing yards and three touchdowns despite two picks.


Wild Card Round: at San Diego ChargersEdit

1 2 34OTTotal
Jets 0 7 100320
Chargers 0 7 010017

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

The Jets came into the game having lost 2 straight while San Diego was on a roll. The Jets started out the game well driving down the field on their opening drive only to see kicker Doug Brien miss a 33-yard field goal wide right. In the second quarter, Chargers quarterback Drew Brees found receiver Keenan McCardell for a 26-yard touchdown pass to give San Diego a 7–0. The Jets responded as Jets quarterback Chad Pennington found Anthony Becht for a 13-yard touchdown pass to tie the game. New York kept the momentum into the 3rd quarter as Santana Moss pulled in a perfect 46-yard touchdown pass from Pennington to give the Jets a 14–7 lead. The teams traded field goals. Then San Diego got the ball back with under 5:00 to play. The Chargers drove down to the Jets 3-yard line but faced a 4th and goal at the 3. Brees’ desperation pass was knocked down for an apparent Jets’ victory. However, a roughing the passer penalty on linebacker Eric Barton gave the Chargers a second chance, which they quickly seized as Brees found Antonio Gates for a 1-yard touchdown pass to send the game into overtime. 10 minutes into the extra period the Chargers were in position to win the game off the foot of rookie kicker Nate Kaeding. However, his 40-yard field goal sailed wide right as the Jets took advantage of their second chance driving down to the San Diego 8. Doug Brien connected on a 28-yard field goal to give the Jets the win and in the process advancing them to the next round to face the Steelers. Pennington’s numbers were very impressive as he was 23 of 33 for 279 and 2 TDs. Brees was 31 of 42 for 319 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception.

Divisional Round: at Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

1 2 34OTTotal
Jets 0 10 70017
Steelers 10 0 07320

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Steelers were looking to make it 15 straight victories as they hosted the New York Jets in the AFC Divisional Round. Pittsburgh started out well as Jeff Reed hit a 45-yard field goal then Jerome Bettis plowed into the endzone from 3 yards out to give Pittsburgh a 10–0 lead. But New York stormed back. Following a field goal by kicker Doug Brien, Santana Moss took a punt return 75 yards for a touchdown to tie the game. Then late in the third quarter Reggie Tongue intercepted Ben Roethlisberger and returned it 86 yards for a touchdown to give the Jets a 17–10 lead. Pittsburgh responded midway through the fourth quarter as Hines Ward scored on a shovel pass to tie the game. Chad Pennington and the Jets offense was shut down for most of the game however drove down the field on the ensuing drive only to see it come to a disappointing halt as Doug Brien’s 47 field goal attempt hit the crossbar and falling just short. But on the very next play, Roethlisberger was picked off by David Barrett. Doug Brien was given a chance to win the game on the last play of regulation but missed the 43-yard kick wide left sending the game into overtime. In overtime, Roethlisberger drove the Steelers 73 yards on 13 plays. Jeff Reed then connected on a 33-yard field goal, handing the Jets a heartbreaking defeat.


AFC East
(2) New England Patriots 14 2 0 .875 5–1 10–2 437 260 W2
(5) New York Jets 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 333 261 L2
Buffalo Bills 9 7 0 .563 3–3 5–7 395 284 L1
Miami Dolphins 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 275 354 L1


  1. ^ "NFL gives 32 compensatory draft choices". Associated Press. March 29, 2004. Archived from the original on January 25, 2007. Retrieved November 25, 2006.
  2. ^ Jones, Richard Lezin (September 13, 2004). "The Gate Opens and There Is No Stumble". New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2008.
  3. ^ Jones, Richard Lezin (September 20, 2004). "Jets Learn How to Hold On Tight". New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2008.

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