Dolphins 10

(5-4, 2-3 away)

Jets 13

(4-5, 2-3 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

8:30 PM ET, November 10, 2002


1 2 3 4 T
MIA 0 3 7 010
NYJ 7 3 0 313

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.

New York receiver Laveranues Coles hauls in a 42-yard pass in front of defender Brock Marion. Coles had five catches for 80 yards.

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 fine.''

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 play-action.''

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 rolling.''

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 play.

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 goal.

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 ridiculous.''

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.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Scoring Summary

nyjTD7:00Curtis Martin, 6 yd run
Drive info: 1 plays, 6 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 1 plays, 6 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 5 plays, 39 yds, 0:25
Drive info: 5 plays, 39 yds, 0:25
nyjFG0:03John Hall 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 34 yds, 5:07
miaFG11:36Olindo Mare 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 69 yds, 13:53
nyjFG2:22John Hall 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 74 yds, 5:25