Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Biggest gut-punch loss” for each and every franchise, the Jets included.
The game that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked is an interesting one – a game that most fans will always remember as the classic ‘Fake Spike’ game between the Jets and Dolphins.
New York Jets: No. 27, 1994, Dan Marino’s Fake Spike—Dolphins 28, Jets 24
The Jets were 6–5 to start Pete Carroll’s first season as an NFL head coach, but things were about to go downhill very quickly. Carroll’s team welcomed the Dolphins to Giants Stadium in Week 13, and got out to a 17–0 lead in the third quarter. But Miami stormed back with Dan Marino’s four touchdown passes to Mark Ingram. One of those four was a fake spike that the Jets thought Marino was taking to stop the clock with 22 seconds left. Instead, he threw a game-winning eight-yard touchdown pass to Ingram. It was backup quarterback Bernie Kosar who came up with the idea, and the befuddled Jets never won a game the rest of the season. Carroll was fired at the end of the season, to be replaced by… Rich Kotite. Ouch.