Final

Dolphins 7

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Jets 17

(1-1, 1-0 home)

4:15 PM ET, September 18, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 0 0 0 77
NYJ 7 3 0 717

Top Performers

Passing: C. Pennington (NYJ) - 190 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Martin (NYJ) - 31 CAR, 72 YDS

Receiving: J. McCareins (NYJ) - 5 REC, 87 YDS

Pennington bobbles to start, but recovers to beat Miami

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Chad Pennington struggled for most of the day against the Miami Dolphins, fumbling the opening snap, wobbling passes and missing receivers.

Then came up big -- right when the Jets needed him.

It was over when ...
Chad Pennington connected with Jerald Sowell on a 1-yard TD pass to cap an 80-yard drive on the Jets' first series after the Dolphins scored to open the fourth quarter.
Game ball goes to ...
Chad Pennington. After coughing up six fumbles in last week's loss, the Jets' QB took care of the ball and performed at his best when it mattered most -- in the fourth quarter. He finished 19-of-30 for 190 yards with no interceptions and two TDS.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen The Jets were coming off a terrible Week 1 performance where nothing looked good at all. This was a team that needed to come out and get a victory against the Dolphins and it was able to get it. The Jets looked much more stable, handled their business and seemed to look more ready this week than last. Chad Pennington did a fine job against a Dolphins team that would have loved to shock the world by starting the season 2-0.
-- Eric Allen

Pennington threw two touchdown passes, including a 1-yarder to Jerald Sowell in the fourth quarter to help seal a 17-7 victory Sunday. And for the most part, he held onto the ball.

Hoping to atone for six fumbles last week in an embarrassing loss to Kansas City, Pennington vowed not to drop another one against the Dolphins (1-1). It didn't take him long to break that promise: On the first play of the game, he bobbled the exchange from Kevin Mawae.

Ahh, but Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor was offside, so instead of a disastrous start, Pennington had gotten the one little gaffe out of his system.

He held on for the rest of the game, but his passes were another matter. Many wobbled in the air; some were too short, others too long. But he connected on just enough, and was at his best in the fourth quarter.

Gus Frerotte threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Randy McMichael at the start of the quarter, closing the Jets lead to 10-7.

On the ensuing drive, Pennington and the Jets (1-1) answered. Pennington went 7-of-7 for 74 yards, capping an 80-yard drive with the scoring pass to Sowell to make it 17-7. The series took 10 plays and ate up 5:54.

Pennington finished 19-of-30 for 190 yards, with no interceptions.

Curtis Martin, who won the NFL rushing title last season, failed to reach 100 yards for the second straight game. The Dolphins held Martin to 72 yards on 31 carries, and the defense kept them in the game.

But Frerotte, after a stellar game in a surprising 34-10 victory over Denver last week, was off, finishing 20-of-43 for 177 yards with a touchdown and an interception, which came late on a last attempt at a rally.

The Dolphins also failed to muster much of a running attack. Rookie Ronnie Brown, who came into the game with a slight shoulder injury, had 35 yards on 12 carries. By the end of the game, Frerotte was throwing on every down to try to get Miami back in it.

Things even went wrong with normally terrific Olindo Mare, who missed a 21-yard field goal in the first quarter wide left after a high snap caused him to stutter-step before planting to make his kick.

Pennington got the scoring going when he threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Laveranues Coles. The Jets led 10-0 at halftime but it could have been more following a bizarre sequence late in the second quarter.

On third-and-goal from the 8, Pennington threw complete down the middle to Wayne Chrebet, who appeared to stretch the ball over the plane of the goal line.

Officials ruled Chrebet down, but the Jets challenged the call. After the review, the call was upheld because the referee ruled Chrebet's knee was down, and he was touched down, before getting the ball into the end zone. Then on fourth down from the goal line, Martin tried to get himself in but fumbled and the Dolphins got the ball on downs.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
NYJ
1st Downs1520
Passing 1st downs
911
Rushing 1st downs
57
1st downs from penalties
12
3rd down efficiency
4-146-15
4th down efficiency
1-10-1
Total Plays6366
Total Yards235271
Yards per play3.74.1
Total Drives1212
Passing169173
Comp-Att
20-4319-30
Yards per pass
3.85.4
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-82-17
Rushing6698
Rushing Attempts
1834
Yards per rush
3.72.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-20-3
Penalties10-885-40
Turnovers10
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession26:0133:59

Passing Leaders

MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Frerotte20/431774.1112-8
NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Pennington19/301906.3202-17

Rushing Leaders

MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown12352.909
Morris4235.807
NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Martin31722.3014
Blaylock2147.0011

Receiving Leaders

MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
McMichael8779.6121
Chambers3217.009
NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
McCareins58717.4037
Coles56813.6125

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIANYJ
nyjTD9:38Laveranues Coles, 7 yd pass from Chad Pennington (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 5:22
07
SECOND QUARTERMIANYJ
nyj1:02Mike Nugent 33 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 20 yds, 2:21
010
FOURTH QUARTERMIANYJ
miaTD14:24Randy McMichael, 4 yd pass from Gus Frerotte (Olindo Mare kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 41 yds, 11:42
710
nyjTD8:24Jerald Sowell, 1 yd pass from Chad Pennington (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 64 yds, 5:49
717