Comeback Falls Short

At least the Dolphins made a valiant comeback effort Sunday against the Jets. Unfortunately, though, the end result was the same and the Dolphins fell to 1-5 on the season after a 20-17 loss.

The outcome wasn't decided until Olindo Mare badly missed on a 51-yard field goal attempt on the last play, leaving the kick short despite having whatever wind there was at Giants Stadium at his back.

That the Dolphins even were in position to tie the game was the result of some great work by Joey Harrington, who passed for more than 200 yards in the fourth quarter alone.

That allowed the Dolphins to get close after back-to-back touchdown passes from Chad Pennington to Laveranues Coles left them in a 20-3 hole.

Harrington threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 20-10, then Ronnie Brown scored on a 1-yard run to make it 20-17.

The Dolphins defense did its job by holding the Jets without a first down, setting the stage for the final drive of the game.

After completions of 22 yards to Chambers and 11 yards to Randy McMichael, the Dolphins found themselves at the Jets 40-yard line.

After an incompletion, Harrington hit McMichael for an 8-yard gain, making it third-and-2. On third down, Harrington went for a pass to the side, but it fell incomplete and that left it up to Mare.

Of course, the Dolphins found themselves having to play catch-up because they couldn't stop offensive mistakes in the first three quarters, whether it be a slew of dropped pass, a Sammy Morris fumble or two interceptions by Harrington, one of which came when his perfect pass to Chambers bounced off Chambers' chest and eventually went to Jets cornerback Andre Dyson.

Defensively, the Dolphins didn't have a great game, allowing the mediocre Jets running game to have some success and then letting Coles score twice -- once when Eddie Jackson badly bit on an inside fake and let Coles run right by him, and the other time when Travares Tillman turned around too late in the end zone and then wasn't able to get any elevation to bat away a pass he should have been able to defend.

Still, even with all those issues, the Dolphins still had a chance.

It says a lot that they never gave up and came close. But what speaks loudest is that the Dolphins lost yet again, burying their 2006 season deeper and deeper.

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