The Jets' pass defense spent much of the night on its heels. Now it was in a sagging prevent defense. The Dolphins were down by eight points but were churning up sod.
With 64 seconds left and the ball on the Jets' 41-yard line, Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne threw to Brandon Marshall in front of the bench. A quick toss turned into a big gain when Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie whiffed on the tackle.
Jets safety Brodney Pool made the decisive play and perhaps locked down the victory. He danced around the Fasano-Smith pileup and dove to drag down Marshall at the 11-yard line.
"Man, I thought I had enough speed to get there," Marshall said. "I'm kind of mad at myself. We set it up well, and hats off to [Fasano] for getting down field, but I just didn't have enough in my legs to get in the end zone. I'm kicking myself right now."
The Dolphins still would have needed to make the two-point conversion and had struggled from point-blank range all night. But you never know.
"The tackle he made on the 11-yard line," Jets coach Rex Ryan said, "clearly that's going to be a touchdown if he doesn't make it. Game-saving tackle right there.
"Sometimes when the game is on the line like that, you look for people to step up, and Brodney did."