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The 49-19 beat down the New York Jets suffered November 22 (Thanksgiving evening) at the hands of the New England Patriots was the second home game in 2012 they lost by 30 or more points. The Jets also lost 34-0 at home to the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 30.
That was the second time since 1966 (start of the Super Bowl era) that the Jets lost two games at home in a season by 30-plus points. The Jets also lost two games by 30-plus points at home in 1975; 43-0 to Miami and 37-6 to St. Louis. It was also the ninth home game since ’66 that they lost by 30-plus points.
Following are the number of home games each of the NFL teams have lost by 30 or more points since 1966.
13: Cleveland, New Orleans
9: Buffalo, Cincinnati, New York Jets, Tennessee
8: New England, San Diego
7: Denver, Detroit, St. Louis
6: Arizona, Chicago, Washington
5: Indianapolis, Seattle
4: Carolina, Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota, Oakland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tampa Bay
3: Miami, New York Giants
2: Green Bay
1: Houston, Jacksonville
There were seven games this past season where the home team lost by 30-plus points. As mentioned above, the Jets did it twice. The other teams were Buffalo, Jacksonville, Miami, St. Louis and Tennessee.
You’ll notice above that the Baltimore Ravens have not lost a home game by 30 or more points in their franchise history. Their biggest defeat at home was a 27-point loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 21, 1999. The Indianapolis Colts have the second longest timeframe since a 30-point loss at home; the last time it happened was on December 1, 1991.
Twelve teams have not lost a home game by 30-plus points since 2007. They are (with the last time they lost a home game by 30-plus points):
Green Bay, Nov. 19, 2006
Atlanta, Jan. 1, 2006
Philadelphia, Dec. 5, 2005
Chicago Nov. 21, 2004
New Orleans Sept. 28, 2003
Arizona, Sept. 14, 2003
Houston Nov. 3, 2002
San Diego, Nov. 3, 2002
Minnesota Dec. 23, 2001
New England Nov. 8, 1998
Pittsburgh, Aug. 31, 1997
Indianapolis Dec. 1, 1991
Note: The Jets became the fourth team since 1966 that lost two home games by 30-plus points (in a season) in two different seasons. The other teams are Atlanta (they lost three home games by 30-plus points in 1966 and two in 1967); Cleveland (two such games in 1975 and 1999) and Philadelphia (1975 and 1998).
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