Ricky Williams, Travis Minor and Randy McMichael scored touchdowns for the Dolphins, who got a tremendous performance from their defense. The Dolphins came up with four sacks and four interceptions, including an exclamation point by safety Brock Marion on the last play of the game.
The Dolphins led only 13-3 heading into the fourth quarter, but put the game away witha 17-point blitz that began with an Olindo Mare field goal to end an eight-minute drive.
The Dolphins also pounded the Jets with their running game in the second half, and Williams made it pay off with a 53-yard touchdown that gave the Dolphins a 23-3 lead.
Jason Taylor then forced and recovered a fumble while sacking Vinny Testaverde to set up Travis Minor's 5-yard touchdown right after the two-minute warning.
The Dolphins opened the scoring in the first quarter when Mare kicked a 53-yard field goal, the second-longest of his career.
Safety Shawn Wooden then came up with the first of two first-half interceptions to set up the next score. It first appeared that Wooden had scored a touchdown after getting up after the pick and racing to the end zone, but the Jets challenged the call and officials ruled that Wooden had been downed by contact at the Jets 26-yard line.
It didn ‘t matter. Williams ran for 16 yards and on the very next play Jay Fiedler hit McMichael with a 10-yard touchdown pass to make it 10-0.
The Dolphins defense came up with another big play on the Jets' next series, with Derrick Rodgers picking off Testaverde and returning the ball to the Jets 12-yard line. But the Dolphins had to settle for a 25-yard Mare field goal.
The Jets got on the board in the second quarter with a 20-yard field goal by John Hall. It was a moral victory of sorts for the Dolphins, whose defense kept New York out of the end zone after the Jets got a first-and-goal at the 6.
The Dolphins missed a chance to add to their lead on the next-to-last play of the first half when Mare missed wide left on a 31-yard field goal attempt.
In the end, Mare's missed field goal was one of the few blemishes on a gread day for the Dolphins.