EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins were tired of the New York Jets running all over them.
them on the ground. So, Miami waited for New York to make mistakes — and then took advantage.
"We had to draw a line in the dirt. No more," Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake said after
Miami’s 16-13 win Monday night. "We came out in the second half scheme-wise the same, but guys
played the way they’re supposed to play."
So, despite the Jets rushing for 277 yards — 210 in the first half — Miami made the plays it needed in
the second half to rally for a comeback victory that kept the Dolphins (7-5) right in the middle of the
AFC playoff race.
"Scratch, claw, bite, kick," Wake said. "Whatever you have to do to make a play and
Caleb Sturgis hit a 26-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining to put the Dolphins ahead, and Reshad Jones’
interception of Geno Smith’s pass to Jeff Cumberland sealed the victory.
"It’s December," Dolphins rookie receiver Jarvis Landry said. "The only thing that matters
is winning, no matter how you get it done."
Smith threw only 13 times, fewest in the NFL this season. The usually reliable Nick Folk missed two field
goals for the Jets (2-10).
"I feel sick," coach Rex Ryan said. "Our guys just played great, for the most part, in a
lot of areas. Dang. We can’t buy a win."
After trailing most of the way, Miami tied it on Lamar Miller’s touchdown run with 10:24 remaining. New
York got into field-goal range after Miami made it 13-all, but Koa Misi’s sack pushed the Jets back to
the Miami 27 and Folk missed wide left for the second time. Folk had made 18 of 20 entering the game.
That’s the way the Jets’ season has gone, of course.
"I can’t believe we’re 2-10," Ryan said, shaking his head and pausing. "It’s a joke."
Here are a few other things to know from the Dolphins’ comeback win over the Jets:
RUN, JETS, RUN: The Jets, who ran for 218 yards at New England on Oct. 16, went into the game wanting to
control the time of possession and keep Ryan Tannehill and Miami’s offense off the field.
Johnson had his best performance with the Jets, running for 105 yards. Salas put the Jets on the
scoreboard first with a 20-yard end-around for his first NFL touchdown — and then left the game with a
"It’s easy to sit back and say we didn’t throw the ball this much now, but we wanted to run the
football against them," Ryan said. "That gave us the best opportunity to win the game, both on
offense and defense."
EFFICIENCY UNDER CENTER: Tannehill finished 25 of 35 for 235 yards, marking the fifth straight game he
has completed at least 70 percent of his passes.
On the winning drive that led to Sturgis’ 26-yarder, Tannehill converted on third-and-7 with a 17-yard
pass to backup tight end Dion Sims. He has thrown for 2,817 yards with 20 touchdowns and just nine
interceptions, with a 92.0 quarterback rating.
"The one thing about this team is no matter what the situation is at halftime," Tannehill said,
"we feel like we can come out and play well to finish the game."
NOT-SO-SPECIAL TEAMS: The Jets had two missed field goals by Folk, including a 45-yarder with 5:42 left
that would have put New York ahead. He wasn’t alone, though.
The Jets had four penalties on special teams, including a holding call against Saalim Hakim that set up
the Dolphins at the New York 39 on the tying drive. Ryan Quigley also had a punt blocked for the second
"I don’t get it," Ryan said. "We got outplayed on special teams."
STRUGGLING SMITH: After starting Michael Vick the previous three games, the Jets turned back to Smith —
but he had just seven completions as New York focused on running the ball.
"It has zero to do with us not having faith in our quarterback," Ryan insisted.
New York introduced the offense before the game — but didn’t announce Smith’s name. The second-year
quarterback said it was his decision not to come out with the rest of the starters, not because he was
worried about a rude reception from the fans.
"I just wanted to run out with the team," Smith said. "I wanted to run out with the
WHERE IS EVERYBODY? The paid attendance was 78,160, but MetLife Stadium was about half-empty at kickoff
as rain pelted the area.
There were several thousand Dolphins fans in the stands early on, and many good seats remained available
on some ticket sites about an hour before the game. The combination of the lousy weather and the team’s
lousy record clearly kept many away — even though the Jets inducted fan favorite Wayne Chrebet and late
owner Leon Hess into their Ring of Honor at halftime.
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