NFL Game Summary - NY Jets at Miami
(Sunday, January 1st)
Final Score: Miami 19, NY Jets 17
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The Miami Dolphins put the nail in the Jets'
The Jets needed a win Sunday and a lot of help to earn a playoff berth for a
third straight year, something never accomplished by the franchise. But they
couldn't even hold up their end of the bargain, as the Dolphins played spoiler
and came away with a 19-17 victory at Sun Life Stadium.
Even with a win, New York would still have failed to qualify as Tennessee's
victory against Houston would also have kept the Jets out of the postseason.
The Jets (8-8), who reached the AFC Championship Game each of the last two
years, have no one but themselves to blame after finishing the campaign on a
three-game losing streak.
"Obviously a tough loss to explain," said Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
"We have to look at every aspect of our team and ask ourselves 'How can we get
better?' And we'll do that because we don't want to be average," said Ryan.
"We all know what we are chasing."
Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore capped a 12 1/2-minute drive with a one-yard
touchdown pass to Charles Clay for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter
and the Miami defense picked off Mark Sanchez on each of New York's next two
possessions, leading to a pair of Dan Carpenter field goals that helped seal
Sanchez was picked off three times overall and threw his second touchdown pass
of the game with 1:15 remaining, but the Dolphins recovered the ensuing
onsides kick to complete a nice turnaround after a disastrous 0-7 start.
Miami (6-10) won six of its final nine games and finished 2-1 under interim
coach Todd Bowles, who took over after Tony Sparano was fired on December 12.
"Since we started 0-7, I thought the guys came back and fought every step of
the way," said Bowles. "The last three weeks have been great for me and for
the guys. That's a tough bunch."
The Dolphins trailed 10-6 late in the third quarter and were pinned at their
own six following a punt. Quickly facing 3rd-and-9, Moore hit Davone Bess for
17 yards and the Dolphins continued to methodically work their way down the
field. The 21-play drive included five more third-down conversions, including
a 19-yard Brandon Marshall reception on 3rd-and-13 to end the third quarter.
Moore and Bess later hooked up for 10 yards to set up a first down at the one
and the Jets stuffed Miami rookie running back Daniel Thomas twice. But Moore
dropped back on third down and eluded a Jets rush before finding Clay in the
front left corner of the end zone to give the Dolphins a 13-10 edge with 10:27
Sanchez had the Jets near midfield soon after, but was picked off for a second
time by Miami defensive lineman Randy Starks. He gained control of the errant
throw and rumbled 18 yards to the New York 25, setting up Carpenter's 40-yard
kick for a 16-10 lead.
The Jets still had plenty of time with more than seven minutes on the clock
and drove to the Miami 10-yard line before Sanchez was intercepted again.
Linebacker Marvin Mitchell corralled the poor throw and raced 55 yards the
other way, setting up a 44-yard Carpenter field goal that made it a nine-point
game with 2:32 remaining.
Miami linebacker Jason Taylor, playing his final game after announcing his
retirement earlier this week, appeared to cap his brilliant career with a
fumble return for a touchdown. He picked up the loose ball and went 20 yards
to the end zone, but the play was reversed and ruled down by contact.
Instead, Sanchez went on to throw a 10-yard TD pass to Patrick Turner to give
the Jets a breath of life, but Marshall took it away when he recovered the
It was clearly not a great day for the embattled Sanchez, who has come under
fire in his third year. He completed 21-of-32 passes for 207 yards with two TD
throws. New York's best pass of the day came from receiver Jeremy Kerley, who
hit backup tight end Matt Mulligan for 41 yards to set up New York's first
After the Dolphins opened the scoring on their first offensive series with a
44-yard field goal from Carpenter, the Jets countered with a touchdown on
their second possession -- aided by a bit of trickery.
A direct snap to Kerley fooled the Dolphins, who left Mulligan all alone. Five
plays after the big gain, Sanchez rolled right on 3rd-and-goal from the one
and found Dustin Keller open in the back of the end zone for the score.
The Jets failed to take advantage of an Antonio Cromartie interception near
midfield, but got the ball back after a Miami punt and marched 69 yards for a
31-yard field goal from Nick Folk to make it 10-3 with 3:39 left in the half.
Brodney Pool picked off Moore at the New York 45 in the final minute, but
Sanchez returned the favor when Starks picked off an ill-advised throw to give
the Dolphins the ball at the Jets 40. After an incomplete pass, Carpenter
drilled a 58-yard field goal into the wind as time expired to send Miami to
the locker room down just 10-6.
"Man," Ryan said of Carpenter, "he was tremendous. That gave them some
The Dolphins played without running back Reggie Bush, who was sidelined with a
knee injury and completed his first year in Miami with his first 1,000-yard
season. Steve Slaton ran for 55 yards on 11 carries and Thomas had 28 on 12
attempts on Sunday.
Moore, who took over for an injured Chad Henne in October, threw for 135 yards
while completing 22-of-32 attempts. Marshall caught five passes for 50 yards
and Bess had six receptions for 45.
New York gave up nine points after its three interceptions and finished the
season allowing a league-worst 126 points off turnovers...The Jets outgained
the Dolphins, 374-210...New York was just 4-of-11 on third down, while Miami
finished 8-of-15...The Jets ran for 129 yards, led by LaDainian Tomlinson's 56
on 11 carries...New York receiver Santonio Holmes failed to make a catch and
was targeted only once.
01/01 18:52:37 ET
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