The New York Jets got revenge against their division foes as they pulled off the last-second victory over the Miami Dolphins, 22-21.
The New York Jets won a figurative war of attrition on Sunday afternoon when the outlasted the Miami Dolphins 22-21 in a field-goal-filled game.
In a matchup that featured 11 field goal attempts, it was only fitting that the game was ultimately decided by a 44-yard game-winning field goal from Jets kicker Sam Ficken. It wasn’t a pretty victory, but it was a victory nonetheless.
The Jets led 16-9 at the half courtesy of a Ficken field goal and two Sam Darnold passing touchdowns. It was an up-and-down game for the young quarterback who excelled in the first half but took a step back in the second half.
Darnold finished the game 20-of-36 in the air for 270 yards and two touchdowns but also tossed an ugly second-half interception that ultimately led to a missed field goal from Miami.
Once again, Adam Gase’s offense struggled to get into a rhythm in the second half as the running game reverted to its old struggles and Darnold’s play regressed. Still, the Jets defense kept finding ways to hold as the team held on for a tight victory.
Robby Anderson had another big day in the air hauling in 116 yards and a touchdown on seven grabs. The speedy wideout is making a case to earn a new contract in the offseason and the Jets will have a decision to make soon enough.
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Hopefully that decision results in an extension for the former undrafted free agent.
On defense, the Jets secondary struggled at points with the likes of Jamal Adams, Brian Poole, and Arthur Maulet all sidelined by injuries. But they managed to hold their own and make a few key plays down the stretch.
Some of that is obviously a result of playing a Dolphins team being led by Ryan Fitzpatrick and a collection of practice squad-caliber receivers. Once DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson went out with concussions, the Dolphins relied on the likes of Isaiah Ford, Allen Hurns, and Mack Hollins to get it done.
Both still finished with solid games but the Dolphins’ inability to reach the end zone ultimately held them back.
The Jets improved to 5-9 on the season with victories in three of their last four games, which is always encouraging. But at the same time, it’s hard to get too excited about this team.
The Dolphins practically handed the Jets this game and it almost feels like a game they didn’t deserve to win. Yet, now the Jets sit at 5-9 with a head coach who still hasn’t proven that he’s the right guy for the job and with their draft position plummeting.
Worst of all, they won in spite of the play of their young franchise quarterback who struggled in the second half.
Still, a win’s a win and at least Gase can say that he got revenge against his former team.
And that has to count for something, right?