Analysis: There's no defending the Jets after this clunker. The Jets defense played marvelous football after giving up 10 points in the first half. But the offense couldn't do anything. Outside of a 42-yard play to Santonio Holmed, the Jets big-play offense was reduced to zero. The loss drops the Jets to 9-4. The Dolphins improve to 7-6. Making matters worse, the Patriots (11-2) destroyed the Bears, 36-7, and have a two-game lead in the divisions. The Jets losing keeps the Chargers (7-6), Jaguars (7-6), Colts (7-6) and Dolphins (7-6) in the wild card mix.
The Jets are at Pittsburgh next Sunday and at Chicago the week after that. They return home the final game of the season and face the Buffalo Bills.
Stats: Passing -- Sanchez 17-44, 216yds 1 INT; Henne 5-18, 55 yds 1 TD. Rushing -- Tomlinson 19-49; Brown 16-55, Williams 10-34. Receiving: Cotchery 5-69, Holmes 2-57, Keller 3-34, Greene 3-29.
Fourth quarter: The Miami offense has 7 three-and-outs in the second half. The Jets have the ball 2nd-and-1 on their 34 with 2:00 left.
The Jets defense forced another three-and-out on Miami. But the offense, which got the ball 1st-and-10 on the Dolphins 30 with 3: left, went three-and-out again. Dolphins have the ball 1st-and-10 from their own 19 with 3:19 left.
The Jets offense appeared to be on its way to another three-and-out until Sanchez, facing a 3rd-and-13, scrambled 14 yards for a first down. He capitalized on that run two plays later as he hit Holmes on a 42-yard pass play, setting up the Jets with a 1st and 10 on the Miami 26. But the Jets failed to get six. Folk kicked a 42-yard FG. Key plays: Sanchez 14-yard run, Holmes 42-yard catch. Drive: 12 plays, 69 yards, 5:14. Dolphins 10, Jets 6.
Injury note: Shonn Greene left the game with an unknown injury with 9:45 left in the fourth. No word on the severity.
The Jets offense has been handcuffed. After a few promising plays on their first possession of the fourth quarter -a 14-yard grab by Cotchery, 7-yard run by Sanchez, 5-yard catch by Keller- Sanchez threw two straight incomplete passes, halting a drive at the Dolphins 38.
Third quarter: The Jets offense has been all but invisible. They are 3-for-14 on third downs. And have just three first downs on four possessions and gotten past the Dolphins 41 yardline. The Dolphins, meanwhile, have done everything they can to give the Jets the win. Miami has had three 3-and-outs and a turnover in the third quarter. But the Jets offense hasn't been able to take advantage.
The Jets caught a break as Miami QB Henne fumbled a snap on the Jets 19. The Jets took over, 1st and 10 on their own 42 with 4:38 to go in the third. But the offense fizzled again with a 3-and-out. The Jets are 3-for-13 on third downs.
injury note: Jets DT Trevor Pryce left the game with a hip injury. His return is questionable.
The Jets came up empty on their first drive of the third. They made some head way as Greene had an 8 and a 15-yard grab. But the drive flamed out after a holding penalty on backup tight end Ben Hartsock. The Jets were forced to punt again.
HALFTIME STATS: Passing -- Sanchez 7-16 80 1 INT; Henne 4-10 27 1 TD. Rushing -- Tomlinson 10-30, Greene 3-8; Brown 12-38, Williams 3-13. Receiving -- Cotchery 2-31, Edwards 1-17, Holmes 1-15; Marsshall 2-16 1 TD, Bess 1-6.
Second quarter: The Jets D made another big play, forcing a Ronnie Brown fumble (Jason Taylor recovered) with 1:52 to go in the half. The Jets took over, 1st and 10 at the 50. But the drive flamed out thanks to a false start penalty and a dropped pass. Dolphins forced a punt and took over, 1st and 10 on their own 1.
Injury note: Jets OT Damien Woody has a knee injury and is out for the game.
The Jets defense made a big play as Calvin Pace sacked Henne and forced a fumble (Sione Pohua recovered). The Jets took over on the Dolphins 38. Unfortunately, the Jets couldn't capitalize as Santonio Holmes dropped an easy TD pass in the corner of the end zone. Nick Folk kicked a 35-yard FG with 4:33 left in the half. Key plays: Santonio Holmes 15-yard catch.Drive: 7 plays, 21 yards, 2:49. Folk 35-yard FG. Dolphins 10, Jets 3.
The Jets offense has continued to come up with goose eggs. The Jets, after an 18-yard catch by Braylon Edwards and 14-yard grab by Dustin Keller, actually got over midfield. They had a 4th and 2 from the Miami 37, but they ran what essentialy was a dive play and got stopped. Shonn Greene started seven yards in the backfield and barely made it back to the line of scrimmage. The Dolphins took over, 1st and 10 from their 37 with 8:08 to go in the 2nd.
First quarter: Another drive and another turnover for the Jets as Sanchez coughed up the ball after getting sacked. The Dolphins took over on the Jets 26. Miami scored six plays later as Chad Henne connected with Brandon Marshall for a 6-yard TD. Key plays: Bess 6-yard catch, Marshall 10-yard catch. Drive: 6 plays, 26 yards, 2:55. Dolphins 10, Jets 0.
The Jets offense came up empty on two drives. The second drive was especially a lost one as Sanchez tossed an interception, setting Miami up with a 1st-and-10 on the Jets 42. The Dolphins took advantage of the miscue and got into a field goal range. Dan Carpenter nailed a 47-yard field goal. Key plays: Ricky Williams 8-yard run, Ronnie Brown 5-yard run. Drive: 6 plays, 13 yards, 2:38. Carpenter 47-yard FG. Dolphins 3, Jets 0.
Welcome to another day on the Jets live blog. Marcus Henry will take you through today’s pivotal matchup between the Jets (9-3) and the Dolphins (6-6) at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
The Jets are still smarting from a 45-3 shellacking at the hands of the Patriots on Monday night. The Jets failed in every facet of the game, particularly on defense. Today the Jets will be looking for a little redemption. And it all starts at the quarterback position. Mark Sanchez reverted back to last season a bit as he tossed three interceptions. Although two of them came after the game was decided, the last thing the Jets need is for Sanchez to start getting wild.
The good news is Sanchez has been excellent against the Dolphins. In three games the former USC standout has completed 47 of 87 passes for 693 yards, six TDs and no interceptions. In the Jets 31-23 win over Miami in Week 3 Sanchez threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns. Braylon Edwards has also been effective against Miami. Edwards has 22 catches for 382 yards and six TDs in five games against the fins.
The Jets will need to find an answer for Chad Henne, who torched their secondary for 363 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target was Brandon Marshall, who hauled in 10 passes for 166 yards and a score.
So what’s at stake for the Jets? A Jets win, coupled with a New England loss at Chicago would have the teams neck and neck with a 10-3 mark. Although the Jets wouldn’t have technically clinched a playoff berth, they’d be considered all but in. A win and a Pats loss would also keep the Jets in the race to clinch a bye home field for the playoffs. The last time the Jets had a first-round bye was after the 1998 season.
A couple of quick nots: James Ihedigbo, who's been effective on special teams, won't be playing today. Neither will guard Vladimir Ducasse. Not having Ihedigbo, a solid blocker and tackler, could hurt the Jets kickoff and return units. Right tackle Damien Woody is active. Check out Rod Boone's previous post for more details.