Five lead changes in the final quarter. Now that’s certainly something that you do not see every day; but then again, that is a testament to the defenses of the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets in their nationally televised game Monday night. With the amount of scoring that took place in the final 15 minutes, one can say that both defenses were tanked, so to speak.
While the defenses of both teams failed them in the final period, the Wildcat formation turned out to be the Dolphins’ savior as running back Ronnie Brown dashed into the end zone from 2 yards out, enabling Miami to escape Land Shark Stadium with a wild 31-27 win over New York.
The first quarter was promising enough as the Dolphins scored twice – on a 1-yard run by Brown and a 35-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter which sandwiched a Jets score, courtesy of a touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez to newly acquired Braylon Edwards. Miami would go into the second quarter up by 3.
The Jets would provide the only scoring in the second period on a pair of field goals by Jay Feely – one of 40 yards and one of 43 yards – which would allow the Jets to take a narrow 13-10 lead into helftime. The third quarter was 15 minutes of attrition as both teams entered the final frame – with New York retaining their 3-point advantage. Then came the scoring bonanza.
35 points were scored by both teams in the 4th quarter with Dolphins QB Chad Henne and Thomas Jones being important players in the scorefest; Henne would toss a pair of TD passes approximately four mintes apart – one to tight end Anthony Fasano and a 53-yard bomb to WR Ted Ginn, Jr. – sandwiched by a pair of TD runs by Jets RB Thomas Jones, which would show New York hanging on to a narrow 27-24 lead. But with six seconds remaining in the game, Brown would score on a 2-yard keeper, Wildcat-style, that gave Miami the lead for good at 31-27.
Henne had his best game as a Dolphins starter, going 20-of-26 for 241 yards with a pair of touchdowns while Sanchez was 12-of-24 for 172 yards and a TD. The Dolphins had another decent rushing effort as Brown and Ricky WIlliams combined for 142 of their 151 rushing uards- with Brown accounting for 74 and 2 touchdowns while Williams added 68; Leon Washington led the Jets’ rushing atttack with 44 yards while Jones added42 yards and a pair of scores.
Williams, in addition to his rushing numbers, caught 3 passes for 70 yards while Ginn, Jr. grabbed a pair of passes for 57 yards and a TD; David Clowney led all Jets receivers with 4 receptions for 72 yards while Edwards caught 5 passes for 64 yards and a TD. Miami (2-3), now only a game behind AFC East co-leaders New York and New England (3-2 each), looks to tighten things up further as they enjoy their bue week before hosting the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, October 25 while New York returns home to host the Buffalo Bills next Sunday.