Final

Jets 27

(3-2, 1-2 away)

Dolphins 31

(2-3, 2-1 home)

Coverage: ESPN

8:30 PM ET, October 12, 2009

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 7 6 0 1427
MIA 10 0 0 2131

Top Performers

Passing: C. Henne (MIA) - 241 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: R. Brown (MIA) - 21 CAR, 74 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Clowney (NYJ) - 4 REC, 72 YDS

Dolphins win up-and-down battle on Brown's run with 6 seconds left

Associated Press

MIAMI -- When the wildcat delivered a big play for the Miami Dolphins, coach Tony Sparano skipped along the sideline with glee, reached back and threw a roundhouse punch.

That was just in the first quarter. The knockout came much later, again with the wildcat.

Running back Ronnie Brown took the snap with 10 seconds left and scored on a 2-yard keeper for the fifth lead change of the final period, giving Miami a wild 31-27 victory over the New York Jets on Monday night.

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• AFC East blog

Newcomer Braylon Edwards provided a big boost for the Jets, and two fake punts fooled the Dolphins. But Miami gained 110 yards with the wildcat, which was instrumental in three touchdown drives, including the last one.

"Like anything else, if you execute, good things will happen," Brown said.

Jets coach Rex Ryan was annoyed the wildcat kept working.

"I used to see all those gimmicks when I was coaching back in college," Ryan said. "I've been a part of some bad performances before on defense, just not this bad."

Fired Up In Fourth

The Jets and Dolphins put on an offensive show in the final quarter as the lead changed hands several times.

First 3 Qtrs 4th Qtr
TD 2 5
Points 23 35
1st downs 28 15
Yards 451 271

The Dolphins started from their own 30-yard line with 5:05 left, trailing 27-24, and mounted a 13-play drive for the winning score. The march included four wildcat plays for 25 yards, the last on third down at the 2.

"We were in the huddle and said, 'We've got to score a touchdown. No settling for field goals. We've got to finish the game,'" Brown said.

He ran up the middle, found a seam and crossed the goal line with 6 seconds to go. Even Brown's teammates on the sideline were surprised by the call.

Chad hangs with play action

Chad Henne threw both of his TD passes on play action, including the 53-yarder to Ted Ginn Jr. when he scored with four defenders chasing him into the end zone. He had a perfect passer rating on play-action passes.

Henne by play type
Play Action No Play Action
Cmp-Att 7-7 13-19
Yds 140 101
TD-Int 2-0 0-0
Passer rtg 158.3 81.3

-- ESPN Stats and Information

"That's why we are players and not coaches," Miami defensive tackle Jason Ferguson said. "All of us were talking about, 'Why won't you pass it?' Because we got a touchdown, that's why."

The resilient Dolphins (2-3) came from behind three times in the fourth quarter, and they're back in the AFC East race after losing their first three games. The Jets (3-2) have lost two straight and fell into a tie with New England for first place.

The game became a shootout reminiscent of the Dolphins' Dan Marino days, and filling that role just fine was Chad Henne.

In only his second NFL start, Henne completed 20 of 26 for 241 yards and two touchdowns. He threw deep to Ted Ginn Jr. for a 53-yard score to give Miami a 24-20 lead with 10:10 left.

"We made him look like Dan Marino," Jets linebacker Calvin Pace said. "They did what they want, and they did it at will."

The Jets kept answering with Edwards, acquired in a trade with Cleveland a week ago. He caught one scoring pass and set up New York's other two touchdowns. The Jets' fake punts set up a TD and a field goal.

The Dolphins' trickery came via the wildcat, which they ran 16 times. On the game's opening drive, Miami threw out of the formation for the first time this season, and Brown connected with tight end Anthony Fasano for a 21-yard gain. Ricky Williams then ran for 18 yards from the wildcat, and Brown scored on a 1-yard plunge on third down to cap a 7½-minute drive.

Fast Facts

• Ronnie Brown scored his second touchdown of the game with 6 seconds left to give the Dolphins their second straight win over the Jets. That gives him 29 touchdowns for his career, tied for the fourth most in Dolphins history.

• Braylon Edwards, who had no receiving touchdowns in four games with the Browns this year, scored less than 13 minutes into his Jets career.

• The Jets have lost two straight after starting the season 3-0.

• This was the 11th meeting of the Jets and Dolphins on Monday Night Football, tied for the third-most played series in MNF history.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

The Dolphins used the wildcat five times in a TD drive that consumed nearly 9 minutes of the second half. But while they relied on ball control for much of the game, they also showed a newfound ability to strike quickly.

Ginn beat Darrelle Revis and two other Jets deep, catching Henne's long pass just before crossing the goal line. It was a rare long gain by the Dolphins, who came into the game with only two completions of 20 yards or more to wide receivers.

"Teddy ran a great route, and they gave us the coverage we wanted," Henne said.

Williams set up a field goal when he gained 59 yards on a reception, with all the yards coming after the catch. He finished with 68 yards rushing on 11 carries, and Brown ran for 74 yards in 21 attempts.

The Dolphins totaled 413 yards, converting nine of 14 third-down chances and controlling the ball for 33½ minutes.

"We were definitely in a dog fight for 60 minutes," Henne said. "It shows a lot of character in our team."

Jets rookie Mark Sanchez was 12 of 24 for 172 yards and benefited immediately from the addition of Edwards, who caught a 3-yard scoring pass to cap his first series with the Jets. Edwards made a leaping 34-yard catch on third-and-21 to set up another TD.

"Everyone saw it -- he's a big-time receiver," Ryan said. "That's one thing we did right last week was make that trade for him."

Game notes


Dolphins third-string RB Patrick Cobbs came out of the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. ... Jets WR David Clowney also hobbled out of the game in the fourth quarter. ... The Jets' Steve Weatherford ran 26 yards with a fake punt. It was only the second carry of his four-year career.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYJ
MIA
1st Downs2023
Passing 1st downs
813
Rushing 1st downs
810
1st downs from Penalties
40
3rd down efficiency
4-119-14
4th down efficiency
2-20-0
Total Plays5564
Total Yards309413
Yards per play5.66.5
Total Drives119
Passing171262
Comp - Att
12-2421-28
Yards per pass
7.19.4
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks - Yards Lost
1-10-0
Rushing138151
Rushing Attempts
3036
Yards per rush
4.64.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-33-4
Penalties6-568-112
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession26:2533:35

Passing Leaders

NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Sanchez12/241727.2101-1
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Henne20/262419.3200-0
Brown1/22110.5000-0

Rushing Leaders

NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Washington11454.1011
Jones13423.228
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown21743.5213
Williams11686.2018

Receiving Leaders

NYJRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Clowney47218.00534
Edwards56412.81349
MIARECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Williams37023.30593
Ginn Jr.25728.51532

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYJMIA
miaTD07:31Ronnie Brown 1 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick) 07
nyjTD03:51Braylon Edwards 3 Yd Pass From Mark Sanchez (Jay Feely Kick) 77
miaFG00:57Dan Carpenter 35 Yd 710
SECOND QUARTERNYJMIA
nyjFG02:05Jay Feely 40 Yd 1010
nyjFG00:04Jay Feely 43 Yd 1310
FOURTH QUARTERNYJMIA
miaTD14:17Anthony Fasano 2 Yd Pass From Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter Kick) 1317
nyjTD12:17Thomas Jones 1 Yd Run (Jay Feely Kick) 2017
miaTD10:10Ted Ginn Jr. 53 Yd Pass From Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter Kick) 2024
nyjTD05:12Thomas Jones 3 Yd Run (Jay Feely Kick) 2724
miaTD00:06Ronnie Brown 2 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick) 2731