The 1976New York Jets season was the 17th season for the team and the seventh in the National Football League. It began with the team trying to improve upon its 3–11 record from 1975 under new head coach Lou Holtz. The Jets again finished with a record of 3–11, which combined with the departure of Holtz before the end of the season, prompted John Facenda to say about the Jets during the NFL Films highlight film for that season "Perhaps the best thing to say about the 1976 New York Jets season is that it's over". This also marked the final season for Joe Namath with the Jets.
The television series, Barney Miller, referenced the game between the Buccaneers playing at the Jets, in the 3rd season episode "The Recluse", in which Yemana had tickets to the Jets/Tampa Bay game. When asked "Why?", his response, "They were on sale". The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished 0–14 the same season.