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(Monday, October 12th)
Final Score: Miami 31, NY Jets 27
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Ronnie Brown scored a pair of touchdowns and his two-yard draw to paydirt with six seconds left in regulation allowed Miami to steal a 31-27 victory over AFC East rival New York.
Chad Henne, in his second career start, finished with 241 yards and two touchdowns on 20-of-26 attempts and converted a pair of big third downs on Miami's final drive.
"We started fast and we finished strong," Henne said. "The biggest thing at this level is to keep it balanced, making sure you keep [the defense] off guard at all times...I think tonight we were fully balanced."
Brown finished with 74 yards on 21 carries, while Ted Ginn and Anthony Fasano each caught a TD for the Dolphins (2-3), who were coming off a 38-10 rout of Buffalo and won their first home game against the Jets since 2005.
Ricky Williams had 138 yards from scrimmage for the victors.
Braylon Edwards had a memorable debut for the Jets (3-2), catching five balls for 64 yards and a touchdown and setting up a pair of Thomas Jones scores in the fourth quarter, when the two teams combined for 35 points.
Mark Sanchez, coming off a four-turnover performance in a 24-10 loss to the Saints last week, played mistake-free football and ended with 172 yards and a TD on 12-of-24 passes in the loss.
"Our offense played tremendous. They gave us every opportunity to win the game," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. "I'm at a loss for words in terms of our defensive performance. We made [Henne] look like Dan Marino."
The Jets acquired Edwards from the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday and wasted little time using their newest playmaker.
After exchanging three-and-outs midway through the fourth quarter, Sanchez went deep down the field to Edwards, who nearly came up with a diving catch but drew a pass interference penalty on Will Allen that put the ball at the Miami three.
Jones barreled his way into the end zone on the next play with 5:12 remaining, giving the Jets a 27-24 advantage.
The Dolphins used a plethora of formations on the ensuing possession to work their way down the field. Rookie quarterback Pat White came in and ran for a first down, and Henne connected with Greg Camarillo on a pair of third-down conversions, the latter a 12-yard pass down to the New York four-yard line.
Brown was stopped for a two-yard gain and Miami burned a timeout with 17 seconds remaining. After Henne threw a pass away, Brown was back in the wildcat formation and took a direct snap right up the middle to cap the thrilling game-winning 70-yard march.
Miami took the opening kickoff and executed its wildcat offense crisply, using 12 plays to drive 80 yards in nearly 7 1/2 minutes. Brown completed a 21-yard pass to Fasano on the drive and capped it with a one-yard plunge.
New York's first drive was prolonged when Steve Weatherford faked a punt and ran 26 yards to Miami's 40-yard line. On 3rd-and-goal from the three later on, Sanchez found Edwards in the back of the end zone.
Williams' 59-yard reception off a well-designed screen set up Dan Carpenter's 35-yard field goal just before the first quarter ended.
Another successful fake punt, this time a 12-yard run by upback Brad Smith, extended a Jets drive with five minutes left in the half. Jay Feely booted a 40-yard kick and added another 43-yarder just before halftime after a six- play, 31-yard two-minute drill moved the Jets into field goal range.
The Dolphins controlled the ball for the final eight minutes of the third quarter. Deep in Jets territory, Williams hurdled a defender en route to a first down and added a five-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to get down to the one.
On the second play of the fourth, Henne used a play-action fake and hit Fasano for the one-yard TD to put Miami up, 17-13.
The game went back-and-forth following several big pass plays on consecutive possessions.
Sanchez threw a 53-yard bomb to David Clowney to get to Miami's 24, though a sack on second down moved the ball back to the 35. From there, Sanchez allowed Edwards to make a play down the left sideline, and the newcomer delivered with a sensational catch at the pylon between a pair of defenders.
The catch was originally ruled a touchdown, though the ball was placed at the one after the Dolphins challenged the ruling. Jones rushed up the gut on the next play for the go-ahead score.
Miami wasted little time answering. Ginn got behind Darrelle Revis and the Jets safeties and Henne hit him in stride for a 53-yard touchdown with 10:10 left.
Feely tied Pat Leahy for the Jets record for most consecutive successful field goals (22)...The first penalty of the game was announced in Spanish to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month...Williams had 68 yards on 11 carries and three grabs for 70 yards...Jones ended with 42 yards on 13 carries, while Leon Washington had 44 yards on 10 rushes for New York...Fasano had a team-high four catches for 38 yards...Neither team committed a turnover...The Dolphins have a bye next week, while New York hosts Buffalo.
10/13 00:42:46 ET
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