The weather outside was indeed frightful Sunday night as our beloved New York Jets closed out their 26-year run off-Broadway at the Meadowlands. But like the song says, inside it was just delightful. The popsicle-friendly weather did little to dampen the spirits of the full house, or the team, as a crisp 37-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals meant a playoff berth and, just as important, the Green & White were able to close out the place in style.
From a pregame tour of our new home, the New Meadowlands Stadium, with Jets greats recent and vintage, to the bombastic introductions, it was a night of fireworks and fun. The halftime ceremony was one for the ages, with players from each year of our tenure charging upfield from the tunnel to thunderous applause.
You know the story of what took place between the whistles. Any night that ends with Kerry Rhodes and Mark Sanchez giving coach Rex Ryan a Gatorade bath has got to be good, no? For an encore, the entire team took a victory lap that is surely among the greatest memories at the stadium.
I’ve gathered up my favorite shots from that electric night, with two assists — Henry O’s dramatic shot of Mark Sanchez before the intros and Lee Weisman’s heroic stadium shot. Hope you like them all. If home is where the heart is, then the Meadowlands will always be with us.
Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Kerry Rhodes, Meadowlands, Rex Ryan
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