Tonight’s the night, for a lot of reasons. The Jets play the Vikings to try to go 4-1. Santonio Holmes, Calvin Pace and Darrelle Revis will be in green and white. Brett Favre and Randy Moss and Adrian Peterson will be in purple and gold. It’s another primetime game at New Meadowlands Stadium.
And it’s time to celebrate the Monday Night Miracle.
Some 20 players from the Jets team that mounted that monumental comeback from 23 points down with a quarter to play all the way to the 40-37 overtime victory over the Dolphins on Oct. 23, 2000, will be at the stadium tonight and will be part of the halftime celebration of that triumph that happened a dozen days shy of a decade ago.
To get everyone in the mood, here’s a game of 20 Questions, with all the questions having to do with that game. Some are tough, some are easy, and each perhaps will trigger a memory or an emotion about that classic contest that will carry you up to the opening kickoff of tonight’s game, when it is hoped the Jets will begin work on another Monday Night classic, only without the 23-point deficit. Sorry, no prizes, but we hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane. Answers follow the 20th question.
1. Name the four Jets who caught fourth-quarter touchdown passes from Vinny Testaverde in the game.
2. Who intercepted three passes for the Jets on the night, including two in the overtime period?
3. Who had the game’s only fumble?
4. Which Pro Football Hall of Fame player-to-be forced that fumble?
5. Which Jet had the most receptions in the game, in fact equaling the most receptions in a game by any Jets receiver from 1989 to present?
6. Who were the two Jets, one in his 10th NFL season, one in his rookie season, who had sacks of Miami’s Jay Fiedler in the game?
7. Who led the Jets in total tackles and who led the Jets in solo tackles that night?
8. Who was the Jets starting DE in this game and thus was kicker John Hall’s teammate, two years after playing for the Dolphins and blocking two Hall field goals in the 1998 season?
9. Who had the Dolphins’ only sack in that game, 10 seasons before he recorded his first sack as a Jet?
10. Who scored two touchdowns for Miami, the second coming with 12 seconds left in the third quarter to give the visitors their 30-7 lead?
11. Who were John Hall’s snapper and holder for his 40-yard field goal 6:47 into overtime that won the game, 40-37?
12. Miami’s starting left guard in the game, who began his NFL career as a Jets free agent center, was making what would be his only start of the 2000 season and, as it turned out, the last start of his playing career. Who was he?
13. What player who played for the Dolphins in the Monday Night Miracle two seasons later was the leading rusher for the Jets in their 2002 home opener against New England?
14. Name the three ABC booth announcers for the game.
15. Name the game referee.
16. The Jets and Dolphins entered the game with identical records. What were the records?
17. What color jerseys and pants did the Jets wear in the game?
18. What surface was the game played on?
19. Name the four members of head coach Al Groh’s Jets coaching staff who either had been or would go on to become NFL head coaches.
20. What time did the game end on the East Coast?
1. Laveranues Coles, Jermaine Wiggins, Wayne Chrebet, Jumbo Elliott.
2. CB Marcus Coleman.
3. Marcus Coleman at the end of his first interception of overtime.
4. Dolphins RB Thurman Thomas.
5. FB Richie Anderson with a career-high 12 catches for 109 yards.
6. Bryan Cox, Shaun Ellis.
7. Cox, 14 total tackles, Marvin Jones, 10 solo tackles.
8. Shane Burton.
9. LB Jason Taylor.
10. RB Lamar Smith.
11. Snapper Bradford Banta, holder Tom Tupa.
12. John Bock.
13. Punter Matt Turk, who led the Jets in their ’02 home opener with one rush for 14 yards on a fake punt.
14. Al Michaels, Dan Fouts, Dennis Miller.
15. Walt Coleman.
16. Both teams entered with 5-1 records.
17. Green jerseys, white pants.
18. Grass. It was the first of three seasons in which the Jets played on a grass tray system at the Meadowlands.
19. Todd Haley, wide receivers (Chiefs, 2009-10); Dan Henning, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks (Falcons, 1983-86, Chargers, 1989-91); Mike Nolan, defensive coordinator (49ers, 2005-08); Ken Whisenhunt, tight ends (Cardinals, 2007-10).
20. 1:20 a.m. ET, although Al Michaels recently pegged Hall’s game-winning kick coming at 1:17 a.m.
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