As if losing to the Jets weren't bad enough, it marked the first time the Dolphins have been shut out at home since Oct. 25, 1970 when the Cleveland Browns did it 28-0 in Don Shula's first year as coach
Perhaps looking to get off to a good start and make a statement early, just the opposite happened for the Dolphins. On their second series, quarterback Jay Fiedler went to throw a simple hitch pass to WR James McKnight. But McKnight bobbled it and when he tipped it back up in the air, Aaron Glenn was there to pick it off and ran 60 yards for a Jets score and 7-0 lead.
The Dolphins put together a drive to answer that score but it ended in failure when Olinda Mare missed a 42-yard field goal wide right. It marked his first miss of the season after 13 straight makes.
Thanks to a pair of Tom Tupa punts, the Dolphins started their next two drives from their own one. The second one wound up costing them as they were unable to move the ball out from their own end and results in good Jets field position at the Miami 35.
With 1:51 left in the half, Jets QB Vinny Testaverde found Laveranues Coles across the middle for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Coles beat rookie Jamar Fletcher, making his first NFL start over the middle on the play as the Jets took a 14-0 lead at the half.
Desperate to make something happen, the Dolphins faced a crucial fourth-and-one at the Jets 32 midway through the third quarter when the final nail hit the coffin.
That's when Fiedler rolled to his right and tried to lob a soft pass toward tight end Jed Weaver. Not only did Jets DB Victor Green bat the pass in the air, he caught the rebound coming down and raced 63 yards for a score and it was 21-0<.>John Hall added a late "salt-in-the-wound" 43-yard field goal to complete the scoring.
"I really believe that we never gave ourselves a chance to win the gootball game because of the turnovers," said head coach Dave Wannstedt referring to five Miami miscues. "It is as simple as that. We can dress it up anyway you want but that is what it came down to. With five turnovers and two of them for touchdowns, you aren't going to beat anybody."
"It bounces, it goes their way," said Fiedler when asked about the turnovers. "They're a good team over there, they make the plays, they capitalize on plays that are out there for them. We get two tipped balls that bounce their way and get returned for touchdowns and it's hard to overcome something like that."