The playoffs were obviously a distant thought for either franchise. One would only need to look at the starting quarterbacks that day to see neither team was trying to win this game: Kellen Clemens against Brodie Croyle, NEXT on CBS!
The only thing at stake was draft position.
With a win, the Chiefs would pick 6th. With a loss or tie, they would pick fifth.
With a win, the Jets would pick 6th. With a loss or tie, they would pick third.
It doesn't happen often, but the object of the game was to lose! There was absolutely nothing to be gained by winning.
Through four quarters, the teams remained tied at 10. To the dismay of everyone in attendance, that meant overtime.
The Jets would take the opening kickoff of the extra frame down the field to the Chiefs' 15. Out trotted kicker Mike Nugent to attempt a 33-yard field.
With all of Jets Nation rooting for a miss, Nugent drills a kick through the uprights... but wait.
Flag on the field! There is hope!
Wade Smith had committed a holding infraction, giving Nugent another opportunity to MISS. THIS. KICK.
Forty-five seconds later, Nugent lines up to attempt a 43-yarder and... of course he makes this one too, giving the Jets the 6th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
|Nugent wears his enemy number on his chest|
Three picks later, the Jets selected
Long story short, Ryan - not Mark Sanchez - would be leading the Jets right now, and as Jets fans we would have some semblance of hope.
Not to be thanks to the kick that shaped two franchises.