4:15 PM ET, December 28, 2008
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Chad Pennington was in the opposing locker room at the stadium where he spent the first eight years of his career, a big smile peeking out from a gray Miami Dolphins "Division Champions" cap.
• The Dolphins closed season with their fifth straight win and fifth straight road win, going from 1-15 to 11-5 and winning AFC East title (first since 2000). The 10-win improvement is tied with the 1999 Colts for best improvement in NFL history.
• The Jets had their five-game win streak against the Dolphins snapped, finishing the season by losing four of their last five games.
• It's the second time that Chad Pennington (two touchdown passes; eight TDs, one INT in last four games) beat Brett Favre in the Meadowlands in a season finale to clinch a playoff spot for his team (happened for the Jets in 2002).
• Favre threw three interceptions and had nine TDs and 18 INTs in his last 12 games of season.
-- ESPN research
Miami tight end David Martin took a blow to his head in the first quarter and didn't return. ... Jets linebacker David Harris left after injuring an ankle in the second half. ... The Jets had won the last five meetings. ... New York RB Thomas Jones, who entered as the AFC's leading rusher, finished with just 23 yards on 10 carries.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.2||5.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||06:47||Laveranues Coles 13 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Two-Point Conversion Failed)||0||6|
|TD||02:18||Ted Ginn Jr. 27 Yd Pass From Chad Pennington (Dan Carpenter Kick)||7||6|
|TD||02:03||Phillip Merling 25 Yd Interception Return (Dan Carpenter Kick)||14||6|
|FG||00:00||Jay Feely 28 Yd||14||9|
|TD||10:33||Leon Washington 10 Yd Run (Brett Favre Pass To Jerricho Cotchery For Two-Point Conversion)||14||17|
|TD||07:16||Anthony Fasano 20 Yd Pass From Chad Pennington (Dan Carpenter Kick)||21||17|
|FG||09:20||Dan Carpenter 48 Yd||24||17|