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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network Syndication: The Record East Rutherford, NJ August 26, 2023 — Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers leads his offense onto the field for pre game warmups. The NY Jets against the NY Giants on August 26, 2023 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, as the rivals play their final preseason game before the start of the NFL, American Football Herren, USA season. , EDITORIAL USE ONLY PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY Copyright: xChrisxPedota,xNorthJersey.comx 21282541
Located at the center of the Garden State, MetLife Stadium looms large, a looming colossus with a chilling playoff history. It is a house of horrors for New York’s gridiron faithful. The Giants and Jets, co-tenants in this hallowed ground, have felt the postseason chill in the New Jersey air.
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Since its $1.6 billion birth in 2010, MetLife Stadium has borne witness to triumphs and tribulations. The New York Jets, with the mighty stadium as their fortress, have etched a checkered record. A ledger that boasts 68 victories, shadowed by 92 defeats overall, but glimmers with a 42-39 home record.
Jets’ story of the MetLife Stadium
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On that fateful September 13, 2010, the Jets christened their new abode against the Baltimore Ravens, falling in a gut-wrenching 10-9 clash. The memory of that 2010 AFC Championship loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers still lingers, haunting their playoff dreams.
via Getty EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – FEBRUARY 02: Fireworks erupt over Metlife Stadium ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. More than 80,000 fans were expected to fill the stadium for the first Super Bowl to be played in an outdoor stadium in a cold weather city. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
In the annals of MetLife Stadium history, 2015 stands tall as the Jets’ zenith, with a quietly impressive 6-2 home record. Conversely, the abyss of 2014 reflects their nadir, a dismal 1-7 at home. Yet, their MetLife Stadium saga is a mixed one, a tale of victories interspersed with heartbreak. A winning home record but a subpar overall mark.
Notably, the Buffalo Bills have been frequent visitors, clashing with the Jets 11 times since 2010 at this hallowed turf. Six wins and five losses in these battles paint a picture of a Jets team fiercely defending their home turf. The most recent memory is a 2020 duel where the Bills triumphed 18-10.
But a twist in the Jets’ narrative arrived in the form of a four-time MVP, sparking Super Bowl dreams. Aaron Rodgers, the maestro, whispered “JetLife Stadium” to the fans, etching a new name in history.
Precious MetLife memories
In Jets lore, heroes shine eternally: The retired numbers 12, 44, and 42 stand as enduring symbols of greatness. Joe Namath’s iconic No. 12, John Riggins’ powerful 44, and Ronnie Lott’s game-changing 42.
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History speaks of Namath’s 4,000-yard pass in 1967, and Riggins’ 1,000-yard run in 1975. And the MetLife’s crown jewel, a must-visit destination for Jets fans? The Great Wall, a 400’x40′ tribute, is adorned with epic player murals.
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MetLife Stadium, twin homes to Giants and Jets, birthed the 2014 Super Bowl. This marked the first time the Super Bowl was held at an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather climate, adding a new chapter to MetLife Stadium’s legacy.
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The MetLife Stadium stands as a testament to the Jets’ legendary past and the epic moments yet to come.
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