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Sunday, December 28, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Dolphins 24, Jets 17


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Miami Dolphins have pulled off the most dramatic single-season turnaround in NFL history Sunday by defeating the New York Jets 24-17 at the Meadowlands.

With the New England Patriots winning earlier this afternoon, the Dolphins needed the victory to claim the AFC East title with an 11-5 record. They went 1-15 last year.

Chad Pennington outperformed Brett Favre in a big way, completing an efficient 22 of 30 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Favre, in what could be his final game, completed 19 of 39 attempts for 227 yards and one touchdown, but threw three interceptions.

Phillip Merling returned Favre's second interception 25 yards for a touchdown. The third came on the Dolphins 25-yard line and the Jets down by seven points.