Sunday, November 1, 2009
Rapid reaction: Dolphins 30, Jets 25
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Miami Dolphins refuse to fade away, and the New York Jets can't get their stuff together.
In a result that certainly made New England Patriots fans happy, the AFC East standings were further muddled Sunday, when the Dolphins beat the Jets 30-25 at the Meadowlands.
The Jets could have pulled within a half game of the Patriots with a victory. Instead, they are .500, while the Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, who lost Sunday, each have three wins.
The Dolphins scored only one offensive touchdown, a 5-yard touchdown reception for Joey Haynos in the fourth quarter.
Technically, those were the winning points, but three other touchdowns were the difference-makers, turning the tide in third quarter from a game the Jets seemed to be in control of at halftime despite a 3-3 score.
Ted Ginn, who lost his gig as a starting receiver because he couldn't hold onto the ball, made his presence felt in another way. With utility back and returner Patrick Cobbs out for the season, Ginn has been returning kicks the past few games. He might not ever lose that job after Sunday's display.
Ginn streaked two kickoffs back for touchdowns in the third quarter. The first went for 100 yards, but the second was even more dazzling. He juked several Jets before bolting up the sideline again for 101 yards.
Dolphins outside linebacker Jason Taylor added another dramatic touchdown in the third quarter, recovering a fumble in stride and running it 48 yards.
One would think monster plays such as those would be enough to win comfortably, but the Jets' drive inside the Dolphins' 10-yard line inside the final two minutes. Mark Sanchez sailed a pass incomplete on fourth down.
Sanchez had a good afternoon. He completed 20 of 35 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He also ran in for a score.