Sunday, August 31, 2014
MNF moments, No. 8: Monday Night Miracle
By Omar Ahmad, ESPN Stats & Info
To celebrate the 45th season of "Monday Night Football," a panel of ESPN.com contributors has selected the 45 most memorable moments in MNF history. Follow along as we reveal one per day and count down to this season's MNF debut.
No. 8: Jets 40, Dolphins 37, OT | Oct. 23, 2000
The Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets each entered the game at 5-1 overall, with the AFC East lead up for grabs.
The Dolphins looked to be in control of the game, as they took a 23-7 lead into halftime and extended it to 30-7 through the third quarter on Lamar Smith's second rushing touchdown.
Vinny Testaverde, who had thrown three interceptions to that point, rallied the Jets to a 30-point fourth quarter, threw for 235 yards in the process and led four touchdown drives. A diving touchdown grab by Wayne Chrebet with 3:55 remaining in the fourth quarter pulled the Jets even, but the Dolphins scored a touchdown 22 seconds later to regain the lead.
With 42 seconds remaining in regulation, the unlikeliest of players would tie the game for the Jets. Offensive tackle Jumbo Elliott reported as eligible on second-and-goal from the 3. He initially bobbled Testaverde's pass before hauling it in for six points.
In overtime, Jets cornerback Marcus Coleman recorded his second interception off Jay Fiedler to set up John Hall's game-winning, 40-yard field goal and cap off one of the more improbable comebacks in NFL history.