Three teams tied atop division with Jets a game back


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Call it the Wild Wild East.

The New York Jets further scrambled the AFC East race Sunday
night, handing the Miami Dolphins their third consecutive defeat, 13-10
on John Hall's 28-yard field goal with 2:17 remaining.

With their third victory in the last four games, the Jets moved
to a game of the other three division teams: Miami, New England
and Buffalo all are 5-4.

''We got ourselves in a hole, so every game is a big one,'' said
cornerback Ray Mickens, whose sack on Miami's final drive helped
preserve the victory. ''It's a division game, we hand them a loss and
it puts us right back in it. We've got two in a row and we've got
to keep it going.''

The Jets suddenly are in contention after starting the season
1-4, including a 30-3 wipeout defeat at Miami. The Dolphins, losers
of three in a row, have lost control of the division they seemed
ready to dominate.

But then quarterback Jay Fiedler injured his thumb and the
Dolphins haven't won since.

''I'm not going to sit here feeling sorry for myself,'' said
linebacker Zach Thomas, who led Miami with 12 tackles. ''They beat
us today, but I definitely don't need a box of tissues, because I'm

It was a dull game not at all reminiscent of recent
Dolphins-Jets matchups -- they played an incredible overtime game
two years ago in which New York rallied from 23 points down in the
fourth quarter. Still, it was tight until the end, when the Jets
drove 84 yards to set up Hall's winning field goal.

The key play was Laveranues Coles' 42-yard reception on a fly
pattern from the Jets 10.

''I was supposed to clear things out for Wayne (Chrebet), but
the safety bit on it, and Chad (Pennington) put it over the top,''
Coles said. ''Generally the safety doesn't bite on the

New York's maligned defense had another strong effort against a
quality runner, holding Ricky Williams to 53 yards on 20 carries.
Last week, the Jets shut down San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson.

''We're starting to get a little confidence stopping the run,''
defensive tackle Jason Ferguson said. ''We tell each other to keep
that fire burning and stay like that every game. Now, we're

The Dolphins dominated the third quarter but lost a scoring
opportunity when Williams' fumble was recovered by Sam Garnes at
the Jets 2. But New York went nowhere, and former Jet Dedric Ward
returned Matt Turk's punt 14 yards to the Jets' 39.

A 27-yard pass to James McKnight set up Rob Konrad's 4-yard touchdown reception to tie it at 10.

John Abraham saved the Jets on Miami's next possession with two
sacks. Abraham had 13 sacks in an All-Pro 2001 season, but has only
five this year.

Ray Lucas, who was 6-3 as a starter for New York in 1999 filling
in for an injured Vinny Testaverde, now is 0-3 with the Dolphins.
In the opening period, he botched a handoff to Robert Edwards and
Mickens recovered at the Miami 6. Curtis Martin, who gained 74
yards rushing, ran in for the score off right tackle on the next

The Dolphins, plagued by such mistakes in their past two games -- they had 10 turnovers in losing to Buffalo and Green Bay -- came
back with a 78-yard drive helped greatly by Jets defensive tackle
Larry Webster. His illegal-use-of-the-hands penalty negated Donnie
Abraham's interception, and Olindo Mare kicked a 28-yard field

But Miami lost a touchdown on a replay reversal. Chris Chambers
was ruled in-bounds in the corner of the end zone on a 9-yard pass,
but the replay showed he never controlled the ball.

''I don't know what in the heck they were calling,'' Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor said. ''It wasn't even close to a bobble. That was

Hall matched Mare's field goal with a 30-yarder as the first
half expired, making it 10-3.

Game notes
Cris Carter, recently signed to bolster Miami's receiving
corps, missed the game with a kidney ailment. He is undergoing
tests. ... Dolphins left tackle Mark Dixon aggravated a left ankle sprain.
... Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis bruised his left knee, but came back. ...
Pennington, who was completing 76.9 percent of his passes since he
became a starter in Week 5, was 17-for-27 (62.9 percent) Sunday and
now has hit on 69.7 percent. ... Williams had 151 yards rushing in
the other game with the Jets.


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