Vinny Testaverde TD Throw to Jumbo Elliott
In October 2000, some late-game magic from an unexpected hero helped the Jets erase a 30-7 3rd quarter deficit during a critical game on Monday Night Football. Playing the 5-1 Dolphins at the Meadowlands Stadium, the Jets – also at a surprising 5-1 – were down 37-30 with 48 seconds left in the game. They had the ball at the Miami 3, and it was second down and goal. Testaverde faked a handoff to RB Curtis Martin, then lobbed a pass over the Miami defense towards a wide-open – and most unlikely – receiver: Jumbo Elliott, the Jets’ 6-foot-7, 308-pound offensive tackle who at 35 and in his 13th NFL season had never caught an NFL pass. Elliott bobbled the ball in the end zone, stumbled to the ground, and made the grab. He leapt up and held up the ball as teammates swarmed him. The game went into overtime, which the Jets won, 40-37, on a John Hall field goal, and the Jets improved to 6-1. The game went very late into the early morning and the John Hall field goal came at 1:08 am ET. It would go down as one of the more memorable games in MNF history.