It was closing time at MetLife Stadium as the NY Jets scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Miami Dolphins 40-17. With the win, the Jets snapped a 12-game losing streak against AFC East opponents.
Another big fourth quarter for the NY Jets
Despite this being a bell-to-bell lead for the Jets, Miami had the chance to make a 54-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter that would have given the Dolphins a 20-19 lead.
However, Jason Sanders missed it, and from then on it was all Gang Green as they followed it with a seven-play, 56-yard drive capped off by a one-yard score from Michael Carter to take a 26-17 advantage with 9:22 left.
“We don't even really look at the streak because I wasn't here, a lot of the guys weren't here,” Zach Wilson said. “We're focused on ourselves, building this legacy.”
The Jets were not finished though as Carl Lawson forced a fumble on the next play which was scooped up and brought to Miami’s five-yard line by Quinnen Williams.
One play later, the Jets found themselves back in the end zone with 9:08 to go thanks to a five-yard run from Breece Hall. Braxton Berrios would go on to add a 15-yard score to give the Jets a 23-lead advantage.
This marks the second week in a row Gang Green was able to come up big in the fourth quarter which is a good sign for head coach Robert Saleh and company.
The NY Jets’ secondary shuts down the Dolphins
While this was a good game for everybody wearing green and white, the Jets’ secondary has to take tremendous pride in holding Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle to 10 catches for 70 yards combined.
“I just think that we wanted the challenge,” D.J. Reed said. “If you catch something you got to earn it and I feel like that’s what we did today.”
While the Dolphins were down to third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson after Teddy Bridgewater got knocked out of the game on their first play from scrimmage, Hill and Waddle are the types of receivers who can do damage no matter who is throwing them the ball.
So for the Jets’ secondary to be able to ground them the way they did is an excellent sign for a group that seems to be getting better by the week.
This was also a notable performance from rookie cornerback Sauce Gardener as he forced a safety on the defense’s first play and recorded his first-career interception which was followed by a nine-play, 53-yard drive from the offense to take a 19-7 lead in the second quarter.
A coming-out party for Breece Hall
The Jets spent much of the offseason touting rookie running back Breece Hall and this game proved why. Finishing with 18 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown, Hall showed why Gang Green was so eager to take him with the 36th-overall pick. He also recorded two catches for 100 yards, including a 79-yarder in the second quarter.
“We drafted him because we needed a home run hitter,” Saleh said regarding Hall. “And he hit a couple of home runs today.”
Between Gardner and Hall, this was a big day for the Jets’ rookies and, while it is just one win, it should be enough to give Jets fans something they have longed for a long time: hope.