Final

Dolphins 10

(7-6, 6-1 away)

Jets 6

(9-4, 4-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:15 PM ET, December 12, 2010

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 10 0 0 010
NYJ 0 3 0 36

Top Performers

Passing: M. Sanchez (NYJ) - 216 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Brown (MIA) - 16 CAR, 55 YDS

Receiving: J. Cotchery (NYJ) - 5 REC, 69 YDS

Dolphins defense, constant downpour overwhelm Mark Sanchez, Jets

ESPN.com news services

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mark Sanchez slowly picked himself off the turf while the Miami Dolphins celebrated around him.

Six days after an embarrassing loss, the New York Jets were left trying to explain another one, falling 10-6 at a soggy New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday.

"It was horrible," center Nick Mangold said. "It's not the way we envisioned, not the way we wanted."

The frustration on the Jets sideline boiled over in the third quarter when Sal Alosi, New York's strength and conditioning coach, tripped Miami's Nolan Carroll while the rookie was covering a punt.

Alosi could face discipline from both the team and league.

"I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment," Alosi said in a statement a few hours after the game.

Carroll said he was not angry about the incident. But his teammates were fired up.

"They're cheaters," Dolphins inside linebacker Channing Crowder said. "They do what they do. They cheat. They talk junk. But we beat the hell out of them today.

"I wish they'd tripped me. I'd have broken that old man's leg. I didn't see anything. He stuck his leg out and tripped him? He should be ashamed of himself. A grown man from the coaching staff? That's high character."

While the Dolphins (7-6) weren't much better than New York offensively -- in fact, they were worse on offense -- they kept their playoff hopes alive by turning two early turnovers into their only points.

"We felt if we got out in front of them, it kind of takes a lot out of them," said Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who caught the game's only touchdown.

"We're not going to call them front-runners, but we noticed that when you get out and score fast, hit them in the mouth fast," he added, "they tend to be the ones getting off the ground second."

The Jets (9-4) were coming off a 45-3 loss at New England on Monday night, and coach Rex Ryan even buried a game ball in front of his team before practice to try to put that defeat behind them.

"Hopefully they'll bury one of our footballs, too," Marshall said.

Indeed, this one might be even more bitter for the Jets. It got so bad, Ryan acknowledged he even considered benching an ineffective Sanchez in the third quarter.

"I thought about it, but he's not the only one to blame," Ryan said. "If I thought that was the case, we'd have done it."

Sanchez was 17 of 44 for 216 yards and one costly interception. He misfired often, and the offense never got into a rhythm.

"I can't play like that," he said. "I can't be a roller coaster."

Much of the game was played in a downpour, which made for inept offensive performances on both sides in the sloppy conditions. The Dolphins gained 131 yards, with Chad Henne passing for only 55, yet still won.

"Ten points definitely isn't enough in this league," Henne said. "Our defense, you've got to take your hat off to them. They played a heck of a game."

Miami seemed to be the more inspired team after coming up to the New York area a day earlier than usual, practicing in the Giants' facility over the weekend and even taking in a showing of "Lombardi" on Broadway.

"We came out swinging," Henne said.

The Jets moved the ball better, picking up 286 yards. But Sanchez's fumble led to the only touchdown, Marshall's 6-yard catch in the first quarter.

Earlier, Carroll's interception set up Dan Carpenter's 47-yard field goal.

By far the most effective player on the wet field was Dolphins punter Brandon Fields. He finished with 10 kicks for a 50-yard average.

"The elements were a factor in the rain, and so it came down to me blocking it out and doing my job," Fields said. "It gave us a chance to turn the field on the Jets."

Nick Folk hit field goals of 35 and 42 yards for New York, which has lost two straight and faces tough road games at Pittsburgh and Chicago.

"We don't have time to just sit around and feel sorry for ourselves," wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said.

For a team that has Super Bowl aspirations, the Jets are now two games behind the Patriots (11-2) in the AFC East with plenty to fix.

"You can't do what we're doing now," New York's Jason Taylor said.

The Jets won the coin toss and chose to receive rather than defer for the first time in Ryan's tenure. The defensive-minded coach said he wanted to help the offense get off to a faster start than it had in recent weeks.

It didn't work. New York went three-and-out, and Sanchez was nearly intercepted. The Jets' second offensive series opened with Ben Hartsock getting called for a personal foul for grabbing a facemask, making it first-and-25. Three plays later, Sanchez forced a pass to Santonio Holmes that Carroll easily picked off.

Miami capitalized to take a 3-0 lead.

New York turned it over again on its next possession when Kendall Langford sacked Sanchez and forced the ball out, and Quentin Moses recovered at the Jets 26. Marshall's TD catch gave the Dolphins a 10-0 lead with 2:48 left in the first quarter.

The Jets got the ball at the Dolphins 38 after a fumble in the second quarter, but in a play that summarized the day for New York, Holmes dropped a perfectly thrown pass while he was wide open in the left corner of the end zone on third down. New York settled for a 35-yarder by Folk to make it 10-3.

"We're talking about making a run. Well, these are the games that you have to win," Cotchery said. "Whatever it is, we have to get it fixed fast."

Game notes


The Dolphins had six sacks, including two by NFL leader Cameron Wake, who has 14. ... Marshall finished with two catches for 16 yards after missing two games with a right hamstring injury. ... Jets RT Damien Woody left with a right knee injury and was scheduled to have an MRI exam Monday. S Eric Smith also left with what Ryan thinks could be a concussion.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Jane McManus, ESPN.com's Tim Graham and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
NYJ
1st Downs614
Passing 1st downs
310
Rushing 1st downs
24
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
3-156-21
4th down efficiency
0-00-3
Total Plays5681
Total Yards131280
Yards per play2.33.5
Total Drives1715
Passing30193
Comp-Att
5-1917-44
Yards per pass
1.33.9
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
5-256-23
Rushing10187
Rushing Attempts
3231
Yards per rush
3.22.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-20-1
Penalties5-366-50
Turnovers32
Fumbles lost
31
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession26:1233:48

Passing Leaders

MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Henne5/18553.1105-25
Brown0/100.0000-0
NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Sanchez17/442164.9016-23

Rushing Leaders

MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown16553.4010
Williams10343.408
NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tomlinson19492.608
Sanchez22010.0014

Receiving Leaders

MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Fasano23316.5028
Marshall2168.0110
NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cotchery56913.8016
Holmes25728.5042

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIANYJ
miaFG7:58Dan Carpenter 47 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 13 yds, 2:38
30
miaTD2:52Brandon Marshall 6 Yard Pass From Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 26 yds, 2:55
100
SECOND QUARTERMIANYJ
nyjFG4:37Nick Folk 35 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 21 yds, 2:49
103
FOURTH QUARTERMIANYJ
nyjFG5:26Nick Folk 42 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 69 yds, 5:14
106

Research Notes

From Elias: It's rare that you can say a punter was the MVP of a game, but Dolphins punter Brandon Fields may have that honor. On 10 punts, his average of a whopping 56.4 yards, the highest in any game in NFL history in which a punter had at least 10 attempts. And if you think 10 attempts is too small of a sample size, there have been 284 instances since 1970 of a punter having 10 punts in a game.
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Mark Sanchez was 5-for-18 with an interception and a 28.9 passer rating throwing more than 10 yards downfield Sunday against the Dolphins.
With a 17-44 performance on Sunday, Mark Sanchez continues to struggle. Over the last seven games, Sanchez is attempting nearly 38 passes per game and has thrown seven TD against 10 interceptions. This after Sanchez helped the Jets out to a 5-1 start in which he threw nine touchdowns and just two picks.
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Two of the jets first 3 games this season were against the Patriots and Dolphins, both wins in which Mark Sanchez threw 6 touchdowns, no interceptions, and had a passer rating of 122. The last two weeks? A completely different story. Sanchez has thrown 4 picks, is completing only 43 percent of his passes, and has a passer rating of 37.8
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Chad Henne won despite going 5-for-18 passing (27.7 percent), the lowest completion percentage by a Miami QB in a win since David Woodley (26.7 percent) in 1980 (minimum 15 attempts). Mark Sanchez was 17-for-44 and his 38.6 completion percentage is the lowest by a Jets QB who threw at least 40 passes in a game since Joe Namath in 1965 (he was also 17-for-44).

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