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Top 10 AFC East games of 2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
On Tuesday, I ranked the top 20 AFC East stories for 2008.

To continue the divisional season review, these were the 10 most memorable games involving AFC East teams.

1. Pennington's revenge: With the division title on the line in the season finale, Chad Pennington returned to the Meadowlands and showed up the Jets, 24-17. He went 22 of 30 for 200 yards and two touchdowns against his former team, while Brett Favre threw three ugly interceptions to punctuate the Jets' collapse.

2. Jets knock off Titans: The Jets looked like world beaters in Week 12. They traveled to Nashville and not only handed the Titans their first defeat, but also made it look rather easy, 34-13. The Jets' offense seemed like it had found itself, with Favre and Thomas Jones executing a balanced attack. The Jets' run defense was scary.

3. Wildcat unleashed: The Dolphins, hurting with a 0-2 start and playing in Foxborough, Mass., shocked the NFL in Week 3. In the unbalanced-line, direct-snap offense, Ronnie Brown ran for 113 yards and four touchdowns and passed for another touchdown. The performance against the defending AFC champs was so devastating, versions of the Wildcat were installed by several teams.

4. Grieving Cassel riddles Raiders: Two days before his father's funeral -- and with every victory precious for the Patriots' playoff hopes -- Matt Cassel answered doubts about whether he would be mentally able to play. On the road and in the rain, Cassel threw four touchdown passes to beat the Raiders 49-26.

5. Jets edge Pats in sudden death: On Thursday night in Week 11, Cassel rolled right and found Randy Moss in the end zone with eight seconds remaining to force overtime. The play gave Cassel 400 yards and three touchdown tosses, but the Jets won the coin flip and got close enough for Jay Feely to kick the winning 34-yard field goal.

6. Miracle at the Meadowlands II: The Bills were on the verge of a highly likely victory, leading the Jets 27-24 just before the two-minute warning. The Bills asked mistake-prone quarterback J.P. Losman to pass. Blitzing safety Abram Elam forced a fumble, and defensive end Shaun Ellis returned it for a touchdown to win and keep their fading postseason hopes alive.

7. Surging Bills beat Chargers: The Bills' season appeared so promising after Week 7. Amid concerns about concussed quarterback Trent Edwards and a terrible loss to the Cardinals, the Bills emerged from their bye week and handled the Chargers, 23-14. Bills linebacker Kawika Mitchell picked off Philip Rivers in the end zone late in the fourth quarter to put Bills fans on their last high of the year.

8. Buffalo's Monday night misery: Entering Week 11, the Bills' season was about to spiral out of control. They were trying to avoid .500 when the Browns came to town on a Monday night. Edwards plunged in from 1 yard to give the Bills a 27-26 lead with 2:35 to play. Cleveland's Phil Dawson kicked a 56-yard field goal with 1:44 left. Then Rian Lindell missed a 47-yarder that would have won it for Buffalo.

9. Patriots storm back in Seattle: With the Patriots in need of running the table to have a shot at the playoffs, Sammy Morris' fourth-down leap from a yard out gave them their first lead over the Seahawks with 2:44 to go.

10. Cruel wind blows in Buffalo: Wind gusts of 75 mph in Ralph Wilson Stadium created absurd conditions in a season finale with postseason implications. Gales twisted the Ralph Wilson Stadium uprights and kept the ball on the ground. Cassel passed eight times in a 13-0 Patriots victory that eventually was rendered moot by the Dolphins winning the first game on this list.