Final

Jets 40

(3-9, 1-5 away)

Dolphins 13

(0-12, 0-6 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 2, 2007

 

1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 7 13 3 1740
MIA 3 10 0 013

Top Performers

Passing: K. Clemens (NYJ) - 236 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Jones (NYJ) - 24 CAR, 75 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Coles (NYJ) - 5 REC, 69 YDS

Beck's five turnovers doom winless Dolphins

MIAMI (AP) -- A few thousand spectators remained when the Miami Dolphins called timeout with 10 seconds left, triggering the most emphatic boos of a miserable afternoon.

For Miami fans, this is not a season to be prolonged.

Sunday's game was touted as the Dolphins' best remaining chance to avoid the first 0-16 season in NFL history. Instead, they sustained their most lopsided defeat of the year. Rookie quarterback John Beck threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles, and Miami fell to 0-12 by falling to the New York Jets 40-13.

Desperate Dolphins
Eli Manning

The 2007 Dolphins became just the seventh team in NFL history to open a season 0-12. A look at how the other six teams finished:

Team Finish
2007 Dolphins ???
2001 Lions 2-14
1986 Colts 3-13
1980 Saints 1-15
1977 Buccaneers 2-14
1976 Buccaneers 0-14
1962 Raiders 1-13

"It doesn't seem real to me," Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor said. "We're 0-12. It doesn't get much lower."

It could. The loss represented a big step -- or stumble -- toward a winless season.

"It definitely crosses your mind," nose tackle Keith Traylor said. "You see what's going on out there."

Despite the Dolphins' woeful record, they were favored by 1 1/2 points. Miami extended a franchise-record losing streak to 15 games, and Cam Cameron remained winless as an NFL coach.

Beck's turnovers were the biggest problem. They led to a touchdown and three field goals for the Jets.

"One of my strengths is taking care of the football, and today the football didn't get taken care of," Beck said.

In three starts, he has yet to direct the offense to a touchdown.

The Jets wore navy and gold throwback Titans uniforms and looked like a new team, winning in a rout for the first time this season.

"If you look at our record, every win is a big deal," linebacker Victor Hobson said.

The Jets improved to 3-9 -- with two of those victories over Miami.

"They [stink] too," Taylor said. "They beat us. They'll go home happy, and their fans will be happy that they got three wins this year. Good for them."

The Dolphins took a brief 13-10 lead in the second quarter on Michael Lehan's 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown, but they didn't score again. In the third quarter, Beck fumbled three times in a stretch of five Miami plays. The Jets recovered twice, leading to 10 points.

A third consecutive Dolphins series ended in a turnover when Beck was intercepted by Drew Coleman, setting up Mike Nugent's fourth field goal for a 33-13 Jets lead.

"They do some good things getting after the quarterback," Cameron said. "John learned obviously some tough lessons today."

Darrelle Revis and Kerry Rhodes also had interceptions for the Jets, who came into the game with only nine all season.

Early in the game, Cameron's play-calling was so conservative that the crowd let out a mock roar when Beck finally threw a pass downfield, even though it fell incomplete. Despite the cautious approach, Miami's offense self-destructed while totaling only 187 yards.

Beck finished 23-for-39 for 177 yards. The interceptions were his first this season.

"I think he got a little gun-shy after he threw a couple of picks," Rhodes said. "He kept holding the ball."

The Jets mounted four scoring drives of more than 50 yards, and running back Leon Washington hurt the Dolphins twice on trick plays. Quarterback Kellen Clemens came out of the game on first down at the Miami 18, and Washington took the shotgun snap and ran in untouched for the touchdown, capping an 84-yard drive after the opening kickoff.

Late in the third quarter, on third-and-13 at the Miami 19, Washington caught a shovel pass from Clemens and ran to the 1, setting up a touchdown for a 30-13 lead.

Washington also scored on a 12-yard run with 1:52 left. Thomas Jones scored on a 1-yard run, his first touchdown with the Jets.

"You're not going to win when you have five turnovers," Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter said. "That's just being realistic. Show me a team that can overcome that, and they'll probably win the championship."

The game was as lopsided as the rivalry has become. The Jets beat the Dolphins for the fourth time in a row and the 16th time in the past 20 meetings.

Game notes


Dolphins RB Jesse Chatman aggravated an ankle injury and missed most of the second half. S Cameron Worrell hurt his knee and will undergo an MRI on Monday. ... Jets WR Laveranues Coles, who had been listed as questionable with an ankle injury, caught five passes for 69 yards. ... The Jets' point total was their highest since they beat Miami 41-14 in 2004.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NY Jets
Miami
1st Downs2012
3rd down efficiency
10-186-16
4th down efficiency
0-02-2
Total Yards372187
Yards per play5.33.1
Total Drives10
Passing209150
Comp-Att
15-2423-39
Yards per pass
8.73.8
Interceptions thrown
13
Sacks-Yards Lost
6-273-27
Rushing16337
Rushing Attempts
4018
Yards per rush
4.12.1
Penalties2-114-42
Turnovers25
Fumbles lost
12
Interceptions thrown
13
Possession35:0025:00

Passing Leaders

NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Clemens15/242369.8116-27
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Beck23/391774.5033-27

Rushing Leaders

NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones24753.1115
Washington10686.8218
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Chatman11262.408
Booker166.006

Receiving Leaders

NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Coles56913.8032
McCareins15151.0051
MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Booker66310.5022
Booker4369.0018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYJMIA
TD08:58Leon Washington 18 Yd Run (Mike Nugent Kick) 70
FG03:15Jay Feely 53 Yd 73
SECOND QUARTERNYJMIA
FG11:56Jay Feely 44 Yd 76
FG10:07Mike Nugent 29 Yd 106
TD06:41Mike Lehan 43 Yd Fumble Return (Jay Feely Kick) 1013
TD02:39Brad Smith 19 Yd Pass From Kellen Clemens (Mike Nugent Kick) 1713
FG00:10Mike Nugent 40 Yd 2013
THIRD QUARTERNYJMIA
FG05:54Mike Nugent 35 Yd 2313
FOURTH QUARTERNYJMIA
TD14:21Thomas Jones 1 Yd Run (Mike Nugent Kick) 3013
FG11:48Mike Nugent 26 Yd 3313
TD01:52Leon Washington 12 Yd Run (Mike Nugent Kick) 4013