Final

Jets 17

(8-8, 2-6 away)

Dolphins 19

(6-10, 4-4 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, January 1, 2012

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 7 3 0 717
MIA 3 3 0 1319

Top Performers

Passing: M. Sanchez (NYJ) - 207 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: L. Tomlinson (NYJ) - 11 CAR, 56 YDS

Receiving: J. Kerley (NYJ) - 4 REC, 71 YDS

Dolphins eliminate Jets after Mark Sanchez's three INTs

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MIAMI -- The New York Jets will sit out the playoffs, and that's guaranteed.

The Jets failed to fulfill coach Rex Ryan's pledge to win a Super Bowl title, with Sunday's 19-17 loss at Miami eliminating them from the chase for an AFC wild-card berth.

Mark Sanchez threw three interceptions, the last coming with the Jets threatening to take a late lead. They gave up six third-down conversions during the Dolphins' 21-play, 94-yard drive for their only touchdown.

The Jets (8-8) came into the game needing a win along with losses by three other teams to reach the playoffs. Instead, they finished the season with three consecutive defeats, a big step backward for a team that reached the AFC championship game each of the past two years.

Ryan said he didn't regret his guarantee, even if the Jets fell way short.

"I'm always going to chase the Super Bowl," Ryan said. "I know I get criticized for it beyond belief, but if you don't, then you're probably a loser, OK? I'm not a loser."

Soap opera fodder for the offseason came out of the Jets' final drive, when receiver and captain Santonio Holmes was benched. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson said teammates were unhappy with Holmes' effort, demeanor and body language and a team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Holmes "quit" on his teammates.

"It's tough for guys to follow a captain that kind of behaves in that manner," Tomlinson said. "You've got to lead by example, and you've got to play your tail off until the last play."

Holmes was held without a catch for the first time in his 88-game career.

NFL active sacks leader Jason Taylor, playing his final game, harried Sanchez into an interception and was carried off the field after the game.

It was a rare moment of celebration for the Dolphins (6-10), who completed their third consecutive losing season, their longest such stretch since the 1960s. They fired coach Tony Sparano on Dec. 12 and have begun the search for a successor.

"Obviously we wanted more Ws," quarterback Matt Moore said. "It's a time to learn from, and there were a lot of mistakes to go back and correct. But there are a lot of positive things as well. It's hard not to feel good after a win, especially against the Jets."

Another small consolation: Miami tied the NFL record for most wins after an 0-7 start.

The Jets again were victims of their own mistakes, with each interception leading to a field goal. They've given up 126 points off turnovers this year, the most in the league.

Sanchez's final misfire came at the Miami 10 with 3 minutes left and the Jets trailing 16-10. Reserve linebacker Marvin Mitchell stepped in front of intended receiver Shonn Greene and rumbled 55 yards to set up a field goal.

The 305-pound Starks came away with two interceptions.

"The interceptions obviously were backbreakers," Ryan said.

Taylor, who said Wednesday he would retire at the end of his 15th NFL season, sent the crowd into pandemonium when he scooped up a fumble and scored with 2½ minutes left. However, a replay review negated the turnover, with the officials determining the ball carrier was down before the fumble.

The Jets then scored with 1:15 to go on Sanchez's 10-yard pass to Patrick Turner, but Miami's Brandon Marshall recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal the win. Taylor played tailback in the Dolphins' victory formation as Moore twice took a knee to run out the clock.

"It was a good way to end this thing -- to beat your No. 1 rivals in your home stadium in your last game," Taylor said during an emotional postgame news conference. "I can't complain. I'm very, very happy and blessed to be where I am."

The Dolphins took the lead for good in the fourth quarter with a drive that took 12 minutes and 29 seconds. Moore threw completions to convert all six third downs during the sequence, including on the final play when he hit Charles Clay with a 1-yard touchdown pass.

The drive set franchise records for the number of plays and time of possession.

"I didn't realize how long it was," Moore said. "It was unbelievable, just a great job on everybody's part."

Otherwise the Dolphins' offense sputtered without 1,000-yard rusher Reggie Bush, who sat out with a right knee injury. Dan Carpenter compensated with field goals of 44, 58, 40 and 44 yards.

The stands were perhaps half full, reflecting the disenchantment of Dolphins fans. Owner Stephen Ross drew jeers when he honored Taylor during a pregame ceremony, and a small plane overhead tugged a banner that called for the firing of general manager Jeff Ireland.

"This whole season was a lesson for us," cornerback Sean Smith said. "On paper, we were a very good team, but you have to prove it every Sunday."

Game notes


Miami WR Davone Bess left the game in the fourth quarter with a right knee injury. LB Karlos Dansby departed in the first quarter with a groin injury. G Richie Incognito left in the third period with a neck injury. ... Jets LB David Harris was ruled out in the fourth quarter with a calf injury. ... Taylor's brother-in-law, former Dolphins LB Zach Thomas, was an honorary co-captain. ... Video tributes to Taylor on the scoreboard during the game included one from Dan Marino wearing jersey No. 99. ... The longest previous drive in Dolphins history was 18 plays.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYJ
MIA
1st Downs2014
Passing 1st downs
1112
Rushing 1st downs
72
1st downs from Penalties
20
3rd down efficiency
4-118-15
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays6259
Total Yards374210
Yards per play6.03.6
Total Drives1113
Passing245128
Comp - Att
22-3322-32
Yards per pass
7.44.0
Interceptions thrown
32
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-31-7
Rushing12982
Rushing Attempts
2726
Yards per rush
4.83.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-41-1
Penalties6-405-35
Turnovers32
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
32
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession28:5331:07

Passing Leaders

NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Sanchez21/322076.5232-3
Kerley1/14141.0000-0
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Moore22/321354.2121-7

Rushing Leaders

NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tomlinson11565.1011
Greene14553.9010
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Slaton11555.0028
Thomas12282.3013

Receiving Leaders

NYJRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Kerley47117.80306
Burress45714.30295
MIARECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Marshall55010.00198
Bess6457.50176

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYJMIA
miaFG09:31Dan Carpenter 44 Yd 03
nyjTD05:51Dustin Keller 1 Yd Pass From Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk Kick) 73
SECOND QUARTERNYJMIA
nyjFG03:39Nick Folk 31 Yd 103
miaFG00:00Dan Carpenter 58 Yd 106
FOURTH QUARTERNYJMIA
miaTD10:27Charles Clay 1 Yd Pass From Matt Moore (Dan Carpenter Kick) 1013
miaFG07:11Dan Carpenter 40 Yd 1016
miaFG02:32Dan Carpenter 44 Yd 1019
nyjTD01:15Patrick Turner 10 Yd Pass From Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk Kick) 1719

Research Notes

NEXT LEVEL: For most of Sunday's game, Mark Sanchez was poor against Miami's conservative pass rush. Until the last 2:32 of the game (down by nine points against the Dolphins' prevent defense), Sanchez had completed only 7 of his 13 passes for 57 yards and a season-high three interceptions against four or fewer pass rushers. On the last drive, Sanchez completed all six of his passes for 67 yards and a touchdown against four or fewer rushers. Entering the game, Sanchez's Total QBR this season against four or fewer pass rushers was 37.5, 32nd out of 34 qualified quarterbacks.
NEXT LEVEL: Matt Moore took what the Jets gave him underneath on Sunday afternoon, and struggled when throwing downfield. Moore's 33.3 completion percentage on throws over 10 yards downfield ties his season low, while his 82.6 completion percentage on throws 10 yards or fewer was his best of the season.
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NEXT LEVEL: The Jets ran the ball on only 26 of their 62 offensive snaps Sunday (42 percent) excluding scrambles. Over the past two seasons, the Jets have gone 13-2 when running the ball more than 45 percent of the time, 6-11 in all other contests. Against the Dolphins, the Jets failed to reach the 45-percent plateau for the sixth time in their last eight games (1-5 W-L).
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