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(Sunday, September 26th)
Final Score: NY Jets 31, Miami 23
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Mark Sanchez tossed three touchdowns for the second consecutive week, and the New York Jets intercepted Chad Henne in the end zone in the final minute of regulation to escape Sun Life Stadium with a 31-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
Sanchez completed 15-of-28 passes for 256 yards and threw a pair of scores to Dustin Keller and a 67-yard TD to Braylon Edwards, who was benched for the first quarter after getting arrested for drunken driving earlier in the week.
Keller ended with 98 yards on six catches, while LaDainian Tomlinson gained 70 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries for the Jets (2-1), who outgained Miami's run-first attack, 146-84, on the ground.
Henne passed for 363 yards and two TDs on 26-of-44 throws, but was picked off by Drew Coleman with 27 seconds left going for the game-tying score, as the Dolphins (2-1) failed at recording their first 3-0 start since 2002.
"That guy showed improvement," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said of Henne. "You see some of the back shoulder throws he made today, some of the balls he threw in the middle of the field. I thought there was good improvement there. He made some good reads during the course of this thing."
Brandon Marshall caught 10 balls for 166 yards and a score in defeat.
The Jets have recorded two straight wins over AFC East rivals, having bested New England, 28-14, in Week 2. While the Patriots folded in the second half of their loss, the Dolphins had one last drive in them after going down 31-23 with just under two minutes to play.
They started the final march at their own 26-yard line following a penalty, and Ronnie Brown's 17-yard pickup and Davone Bess' 16-yard reception moved Miami to the Jets' 41. Marshall then shed a tackle and got a huge block from Anthony Fasano along the left sideline during a 30-yard catch-and-run.
Henne, though, threw incomplete on the next pass and was taken down after a short gain on second down. Brown caught a pass in the flat for five yards with 34 seconds left, and on 4th-and-4 from the five, Henne threw to Fasano among a sea of Jets defenders, and Coleman came down with it to seal New York's win.
"It was just an unbelievable performance by our offense and our special teams," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "Our defense was resilient as can be, found a way to get it done at the end."
The Jets went right down on the field on the game's opening possession, converting a pair of third-down tries before Keller pulled in a 24-yard toss in the end zone to cap the impressive 10-play, 72-yard march less than six minutes in.
Tomlinson's vintage 21-yard run on the third play of the second frame helped set up another Keller TD, with the tight end getting open over the middle for a 12-yard score.
Miami finally got moving on offense on the ensuing touch, mixing the pass and run effectively on its way to halving the deficit on Fasano's three-yard touchdown reception at the 9:13 mark.
The hosts added a 44-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter late in the half, then took a brief lead early in the third.
After instant replay overturned a lost fumble by Ricky Williams, Miami took advantage on the extended drive, thanks in part to Brian Hartline getting just enough for a first down on 3rd-and-15 down to the Jets' 20. Faced with another third down situation from the 11, Henne found Marshall at the six, and the offseason acquisition muscled his way into the end zone from there for his first TD in a Dolphins uniform.
The lead lasted one play from scrimmage, as Edwards made his first catch of the game near midfield, spun past Jason Allen and had no one in front of him en route to a 67-yard score down the left sideline with 8 1/2 minutes left.
Marshall countered his bombastic wide receiving counterpart by snagging a 40- yard bomb down to the Jets' seven, but a short pass and two incompletions brought out Carpenter for a 20-yard field goal.
Both defenses forced punts on the next two drives, though Miami's kick was blocked by Eric Smith, who came through untouched on a stunt off the line of scrimmage near the two-minute mark to put New York at the Miami 17.
A trio of penalties hampered the Jets in the red zone, the last a holding call on Matt Slauson that took away Sanchez's five-yard touchdown run. New York settled for a 30-yard Nick Folk field goal with 12:55 remaining in the game.
Allen nearly came away with a diving interception deep in enemy territory with nine minutes left, but instant replay nullified the turnover, forcing the Jets to punt from their own end zone.
Miami took over at midfield following the boot and gained a quick first down, but a six-yard loss on a run by Patrick Cobbs moved Miami back. A 10-yard gain by Marshall on third down wasn't enough to move the chains, but allowed Carpenter to boot a 50-yarder through the uprights for a 24-23 game with 6:42 left.
Kendall Langford dropped a possible interception a little later, and on the next play, Edwards caught his second and final pass for 20 yards for a first down.
"If we eliminate some of those interceptions from last year, if they're not even completions, if we just eliminate them, we win more games during the regular season," said Sanchez, who has not thrown an interception this year after throwing 20 in 2009. "Maybe we get a playoff game at home. That's what we're fighting for."
A 21-yard scamper by Tomlinson gave the Jets first-and-goal from the five, and on third down, Allen was whistled for pass interference in the end zone on a jump ball to Edwards.
Two plays later, Tomlinson punched it in from the one for the pivotal TD.
Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder (groin) and guard John Jerry (illness) did not play...The Jets were without All-Pro cornerback Derrelle Revis (hamstring)...Sanchez did not have six touchdowns passes over any five-game stretch last season...Bess ended with 86 yards on six catches, while Brown amassed a team-high 54 yards on 11 carries...Jets defensive end Jason Taylor had one sack against his former team...Tomlinson also had three catches for 18 yards to become the fifth player in NFL history with 12,000 rushing yards and 4,000 receiving yards...The Jets have won four straight on the road...The Dolphins were also trying for their first four-game winning streak over the Jets since 1996-97...Miami fell to 31-13-1 in home openers.
09/27 00:55:16 ET