Miami Gardens, FL - The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins trade scores, but the game was ultimately decided by penalties as the Dolphins take this division matchup by a score of 27-23. Miami is now on a three game win streak while New York's two game win streak is snapped.
"We shot ourselves in the foot, especially on that last kickoff return, that really hurt us," said head coach Todd Bowles. "In the red zone, we got to be more productive. We got to at least come away with points, we can't just turn the ball over, we got to do better." The Jets went 1-for-5 in the red zone while the Dolphins went 1-for-4.
Ryan Fitzpatrick went 17-of-28 for 193 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions, with one in the end zone. In the first half this season, Fitzpatrick has thrown only one interception. In the second half/OT, he has thrown 12 interceptions. Fitzpatrick leads the NFL with 13 interceptions. On the opposite side, Ryan Tannehill also went 17-for-28, but went for 149 yards and one touchdown. Jay Ajayi couldn't break out for another 200-yard game, but rushed 24 times for 111 yards and one touchdown.
"Ryan [Fitzpatrick] is our quarterback."
Both teams got off to fast starts. The Jets started at their own 25 yard line and drove down the field. On the drive, Fitzpatrick went 5-of-8 for 42 yards. A few were off-target by a good amount, including a wide-open Robby Anderson deep that was overthrown. On a 3rd-and-9, Fitzpatrick broke a tackle in the pocket and scrambled up the middle for 14 yards before quickly lateraling back to Bilal Powell for eight more yards. The Jets would eventually settle for a 23 yard field goal.
The Dolphins also started on their own 25 and would drive down the field. Ajayi was unable to get anything going on the ground early, having three rushes for -9 yards. The Jets shot themselves in the foot, having two penalties giving the Dolphins first downs and a big play pass from Tannehill to Dominique Jones 24 yards ended the drive on an Ajayi 20 yard strike.
On the Jets second drive, penalties against the Dolphins would end up coming to bite them in the butt. On the Jets 49, Fitzpatrick his Jalin Marshall 20 yards to bring them in Dolphins territory. On the next play, Matt Forte got one of the biggest runs for the team on the year, taking it 31 yards up the middle for the touchdown and the 10-7 lead. Forte rushed for 92 yards and that touchdown, while only having one catch for five yards.
The Dolphins kept hitting the Jets for big chunks of plays, gaining 7, 11, 19, 9, and 8 bringing it all the way to their one yard line. On 3rd down, Tannehill would hit Jones on the side of the end zone for the touchdown, as Jones dragged both feet in.
On the next Jets drive, Fitzpatrick would throw for 39 yards as he drove his team down the field, with help from a big 32 yard run from Forte. The Jets would end up at the Dolphins one yard line, but were unable to punch it in. They would settle for a 21 yard field goal to bring it within one with 3:13 to go in the half. The Jets would, however, hold the Dolphins without any points and both teams went into the locker room with the score 14-13 in favor of the home team.
In the second half, both teams forced each other to punt once before the Dolphins kicked a 33 yard field goal to go up 17-13. On the very next Jets drive, Fitzpatrick was picked off by defensive lineman Jordan Phillips, who returned it 17 yards to put his team in the red zone. Dolphins would settle for a 29 yard field goal. Before the end of the third quarter would end, Fitzpatrick drove the Jets to the 32 yard line before getting hit and injured. He came out of the game and Bryce Petty came in for his first ever regular season action. He completed his first career pass attempt to Powell for 15 yards.
In the final quarter, Petty would complete one more pass to Anderson for four yards and the Jets would settle for a field goal. The Jets force the Dolphins to punt on the next drive and Fitzpatrick would re-enter the game. Petty exited the game 2-of-2 for 19 yards. It looked like Fitzpatrick was in his "pissed off" mode, as he marched the Jets all the way down the field. Fitzpatrick connected deep to Anderson for a jump ball. Anderson thought he wasn't touched and ran in for a touchdown, his first of his career. The play would be overturned, as he was touched on his arm, so the Jets would take it at the 13. Fitzpatrick would try to connect with Anderson again, this time he was completely overthrown and was picked off in the end zone by Bobby McCain.
The Jets forced the Dolphins to punt on the next drive, but it was fumbled on the snap by punter Matt Darr. The Jets recovered on the Miami 18 and went to work. Two plays later, Fitzpatrick found Jalin Marshall 18 yards in the end zone for the rookies first touchdown of his career and the 23-20 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Antonio Allen was called offside and the Jets would be forced to kickoff from their 30. On the re-kickoff, Kenyan Drake would take it back 96 yards to take the lead back. "We have to play better, and we got some guys on there that can," said Bowles about his team's special teams play.
The Jets would be unable score again, as they were stopped on their own drive and a pass interference was called against Julian Stanford on 3rd down after the two-minute warning. "It's a divisional game, it's an emotional football game, we got to find better ways to finish the football game," said Bowles. "It came down to the wire and we didn't make plays at the end."
Brandon Marshall was quiet on the day, only able to get 45 yards on six catches. Jarvis Landry was also quiet for the Dolphins, gaining 33 yards on three catches. The Jets out-gained the Dolphins in every category: 332-274 total yards, 192-137 pass yards, and 140-137 rush yards. The Jets also had ten penalties for 77 yards while the Dolphins had eight for 86 yards.
"We got to get better in a hurry."
Fitzpatrick (knee) will get an MRI on his knee tomorrow.
Marcus Williams (ankle) left the game but came back in the game.
Josh Martin (concussion) left the game and didn't come back.