The New York Jets (2-1) were down ten points early in the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins (1-2), but never gave up in an exhilarating come from behind overtime victory on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.
The Jets started the fourth quarter trailing by seven points, 10-17, but quickly cut the deficit to four when Jets kicker Nick Folk connected on a 20-yard field goal with just two and a half minutes gone by in the fourth quarter. Folk’s kick ended a 7 play, 73-yard drive, most of the yardage coming on a 66-yard completion to Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley from Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who threw for 306 yards completing 21 out of 45 passes.
The Jets took advantage of a short field starting three yards outside of Dolphins territory, after a Dolphins three and out midway through the fourth quarter. Sanchez lead the Jets down the field on a game changing touchdown drive that would give the Jets the lead, 20-17. Not without adversity, the Jets overcame a holding penalty by wide receiver Santonio Holmes, before Sanchez found Kerley over the middle for a seven-yard touchdown pass concluding an eight play, 38-yard drive with just over three minutes left in the game. The touchdown was Sanchez’s only one of the game, however he did contribute two interceptions.
The Dolphins had to respond, and they did with a little assistance from the Jets defense. The Dolphins tied the game when Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter, who missed his previous attempt at a 47-yard field goal, was true from 41 yards out tieing the game, 20-20, with 16 seconds left in the game. The Jets helped out the Dolphins significantly, when Jets defensive back Kyle Wilson committed an inexplicable pass interference penalty against Miami wide receiver Devone Bess instantaneously putting the Dolphins in field goal range. The field goal capped a 48-yard drive that lasted 2:45 seconds in twelve plays.
The Jets won the overtime toss and elected to receive the ball. The game could have ended when Sanchez fumbled the ball on 2nd and 10 from his own 47-yard line, but he was able to recover. The mishap took the Jets out of their offensive rhythm on the driving leading to a punt two plays later.
Following the punt, the Dolphins received the ball at their own 10-yard line. The Dolphins played it safe running the ball twice picking up 8 yards. On 3rd and 2, the Dolphins converted when rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a strike to tight end Anthony Fasano for a six-yard completion. The big play of the drive came next, Tannehill, who finished completing 16 of 36 passes for 196 yards and an interception, found wide receiver Brian Hartline for a 41-yard completion down to the Jets 35-yard line. Tannehill’s last completion of the game set up the potential game winning field goal for Carpenter. Carpenter missed the 48-yard field goal attempt, wide left, his second miss of the game.
The Jets took over after the missed field goal and on the second play of the possession, Sanchez found Holmes, who finished with 9 receptions for 147 yards, for a 38-yard completion down to the Miami 18-yard line. Jets running back Shonn Greene, who finished with 40 yards on 19 carries, rushed the ball five yards setting up the Jets for an opportunity to win the game. Folk’s 33-yard field goal attempt was blocked by the Dolphins defense, but only after Dolphins first year head coach Joe Philbin called a timeout to attempt to “ice the kicker”. Folk’s next attempt was good and the Jets survived, winning 23-20.
The win puts the Jets (2-1) in first place in the AFC East, technically they are tied with the Buffalo Bills but own the tiebreaker over the Bills after demolishing them in week 1 at home, 48-28. The Patriots moved into a tie for last place, with the Miami Dolphins, when they lost, 31-30, to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Backup quarterback Tim Tebow, was still mysteriously missing from the offense again on Sunday. Tebow, having two rushes for zero yards, was used sparingly for the second week in a row. Also, a huge concern for the Jets, pro bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis was carted off the field late in the third quarter with an apparent leg injury.