This game was one of those strange ones that have always popped up in the historic rivalry that is New York Jets versus the Miami Dolphins. The fake spike, the trading blows to get touchdowns on the scoreboard and of course the good old Mud Bowl. But this is one of the strangest games that no one expected to happen.
It was a thrilling overtime victory as Nick Folk converted a 33-yard field goal to give the Jets an improbable 23-20 win at Sun Life Stadium. While any win against an AFC East opponent goes a long way in the standings, this was truly the first win of the season that they didn't deserved.
While it looked as though Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannenhill played with patience and poise on the field, the Jets failed to showed the passion and hunger needed when opposing a division rival. In recent times it has been the Tom Brady and the New England Patriots that have been a thorn in the Jets' side, but for an old school Jets fan, the Dolphins remain the most hated team in the AFC East division.
After getting intercepted on their first offensive possession of the first half, the Dolphins looked to have their way against the Jets and it felt like everything was going to end up in a loss. That final drive of the first half showed the Jets finally cracking the scoreboard with a Nick Folk field goal to cap a truly pathetic offensive showing.
Dolphins placekicker Dan Carpenter exasperated after missing the game-winning FG
While LaRon Landry's pick-six tied the game at ten a piece in the third quarter, New York's offense still couldn't crack the end zone. Bad calls, bad runs and bad throws led to only field goals before Jeremy Kerley's late fourth-quarter touchdown that gave Gang Green a three-point lead.
Too much indecision and too much poor play nearly cost the Jets their second win of the season as well as a second win within the division. Forget about the injuries sustained by Darrelle Revis and Stephen Hill, if the Jets can't show the passion required for an important divisional matchup then they'll be in a world of trouble down the road.
Even with the knee injury to Reggie Bush, the Jets still couldn't do anything until late in the fourth quarter and a gift of a field goal miss from 47 yards by Dan Carpenter, who missed from nearly that exact distance earlier in the fourth quarter.
There are four more divisional games on New York's regular season slate with the Jets hosting the Dolphins at the end of October. Let's hope the Jets ratchet up their play against the AFC East, otherwise they could be in store for a tough road ahead.