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Sunday, December 29, 2013
Jets squish Fish -- and love it

By Rich Cimini

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Super Bowl is coming to New Jersey in February. The New York Jets played theirs Sunday in South Florida.

"Our whole motto was, 'This is our Super Bowl,'" linebacker Calvin Pace said after their 20-7 win over the Miami Dolphins.

This was a sweet win for the Jets. Beforehand, they talked about wrecking the Dolphins' season. And they did just that, bouncing them out of the playoff chase.

"They get to sit home with us," said cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who set the tone last week by claiming the Jets are the better team.

The Jets were routed in the previous meeting, 23-3, playing their worst game of the season.

"Quite honestly, we owed them," Rex Ryan said. "They knocked us out of the playoffs by beating us."

That was the lowpoint of the Jets' season, their third straight loss, dropping them to 5-7. They rallied by winning three of their last four, ending with their first winning streak of the season.

The Dolphins needed a victory, and some help, to qualify as the wild card. They wound up 8-8, same as the Jets. In fact, the Jets took second place in the AFC East, finishing ahead of the Dolphins and Buffalo Bills (6-10).