New York Jets: Five most exciting comebacks in franchise history

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  • Back to Denver for another on the list of comebacks. This one comes 16 years later, almost to the day as the Jets enter the game 5-4. The Broncos were slightly better at 6-3.

    In this one, the Broncos broke out early and often, taking an early 14-0 lead after one quarter. The run included one defensive touchdown by Bill Thompson, who recovered a fumble and took it home from four yards out.

    A Kevin Long rushing touchdown brought the score to 14-7, but then Denver scored twice, including a 28 yard interception return by Tom Jackson.

    Before the half ended, the tide started to turn as the Jets picked up ten points to go in at the half down 28-17. Derrick Gaffney scored on a four yard touchdown pass from Matt Robinson and Pat Leahy connected on a 38 yard field goal.

    The second half saw only two touchdowns scored, but they were both for the road team, completing the comeback. Scott Dierking scored from three yards out in the third, and Wesley Walker caught a 75 yard touchdown pass from Robinson to win it.

    Final score, Jets 31, Broncos 28.