Dolphins 30

(3-4, 1-2 away)

Jets 25

(4-4, 2-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 1, 2009

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 0 3 21 630
NYJ 0 3 16 625

Top Performers

Passing: M. Sanchez (NYJ) - 265 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: T. Jones (NYJ) - 27 CAR, 102 YDS

Receiving: D. Keller (NYJ) - 8 REC, 76 YDS, 1 TD

Ginn returns 2 for scores as Dolphins stop Sanchez late to sweep Jets

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ted Ginn Jr. was angry, his ego bruised by an embarrassing benching.

The Miami wide receiver took out his frustration on the New York Jets, returning two long kickoffs for touchdowns in the third quarter, and the Dolphins' defense held on for a 30-25 victory Sunday.

Graham: Many Happy Returns

Ted Ginn helped the Dolphins steal a game they probably had no business winning, writes Tim Graham. Blog

• AFC East blog

"Not being in that starting lineup hurt me deep down inside," Ginn said. "I just wanted to make plays. You don't always have to be a starter to make plays."

Ginn certainly made that point loud and clear.

Benched in favor of rookie Brian Hartline, Ginn made all the difference on special teams by returning kickoffs of 100 and 101 yards for scores. He also became the first player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same quarter since Green Bay's Travis Williams in 1967, according to STATS LLC.

"To be who I am and to have played as many games as I have as a starter, I had to do things on the other end to keep me confident," the 2007 first-round draft pick said. "Being a pro, you understand things happen. I got my mind right."

Ginn The Tonic for Dolphins

Ted Ginn Jr. amassed 299 kickoff return yards and two touchdowns to help the Dolphins beat the Jets Sunday. It's the second-most kickoff return yards in a single game in NFL history. The leaders:

Most KR Yards
Year Player, team Yds
1994 Tyrone Hughes, Saints 304
2009 Ted Ginn Jr., Dolphins 299
1950 Wally Triplett, Lions 294
2002 Chad Morton, Jets 278

-- ESPN Stats and Information

He also helped Miami (3-4) sweep the two regular-season games against the Jets (4-4) in the teams' second meeting in 20 days.

"We're responsible for the loss," said Jets special teams ace Wallace Wright. "That killed us. If they didn't run back those two kickoffs, it's over."

Maybe so, especially when the Jets' defense shut down the Dolphins' wildcat formation and held Miami to just 104 yards of total offense compared to New York's 378.

"Sometimes things just don't make sense," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "Statistically, this game isn't going to look close."

Miami's second-ranked running attack rushed for just 52 yards, and Chad Henne was 12-of-21 for 112 yards and a late touchdown to Joey Haynos.

Fast Facts

• Ted Ginn Jr. is the first player in NFL history with two TDs of 100 or more yards of any kind in the same game.

• Miami swept the season series with the Jets for the first time since 2003.

• Eight of the last nine meetings between the two teams have been decided by seven or fewer points.

• Thomas Jones finished with 102 rushing yards but failed to score a TD for the fifth straight game.

• Mark Sanchez was responsible for all three of the Jets' touchdowns (one rushing).

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"They're a great team," Jets linebacker Bart Scott said sarcastically. "They'll probably contend for the Super Bowl."

It was one more shot in a tense rivalry reignited by a big heap of trash talk from both sides. It was ramped up after Jets linebacker Calvin Pace called the Dolphins' wildcat "nonsense" after Miami's 31-27 win on Oct. 12. The bad feelings were evident even before the game, when the Jets' Kerry Rhodes and a few Dolphins players got into a shoving match during warmups.

But, this time, the Dolphins had the final word on the field.

"When you have two teams that really hate each other, that's going to be your best football," Miami linebacker Joey Porter said. "I wish you could hate every team like you hate your rivals. They brought out our best football."

And, just like the last time these teams met, the game came down to the wire.

Facing a fourth-and-13 following a sack by Randy Starks with just over a minute remaining, Mark Sanchez scrambled before firing an incomplete pass over Dustin Keller and Jerricho Cotchery in the end zone to seal the loss for the Jets.

"This stings, going into the bye with a loss like this," said Sanchez, who was 20-for-35 for 265 yards and two touchdowns. "As a competitor and as an offense, we thought we were winning that game, no doubt."

They had a chance, particularly after Keller's pretty 16-yard diving touchdown catch made it 30-25 with 5:52 remaining. Sanchez connected with Wright for the 2-point conversion, but it was negated by an illegal shift. Sanchez's next attempt missed.

After New York's defense stopped Miami, the Jets had a shot to stun the Dolphins late. But Sanchez and the offense couldn't come through in the end.

"We felt we were going to be able to go in and seal the deal," Cotchery said. "Give them credit. They kept us out of the end zone."

After Jay Feely kicked a 55-yard field goal to tie a career and team mark and give New York a 6-3 lead, Miami struck back immediately with Ginn's 100-yard return.

Jason Taylor made it 17-6 with 7:32 left in the third quarter when he returned Shonn Greene's fumble 48 yards for a touchdown.

After Sanchez scored from 1 yard on a pretty play-action fake, Ginn struck again with a 101-yard return that made it 24-13.

New York came right back on Braylon Edwards' one-handed 19-yard touchdown catch with 1:35 remaining in the quarter. The 2-point conversion failed, making it 24-19.

"I've never seen a third quarter like that," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. "To win this football game and have a third quarter like that, my hat's off to that group in the locker room."

Game notes

Ginn's 101-yard return was second in team history to Mercury Morris' 105-yarder in 1969 at Cincinnati. ... After running for 300-plus yards in two straight games, the Jets were held to 127 -- including 102 by Thomas Jones.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1023
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5177
Total Yards104378
Yards per play2.04.9
Total Drives1313
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-13-5
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs30

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

nyjFG12:25Jay Feely 23 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 60 yds, 4:18
miaFG2:00Dan Carpenter 48 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 15 yds, 2:14
nyjFG10:29Jay Feely 55 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 14 yds, 3:10
miaTD10:24Ted Ginn Jr. 100 Yard Kickoff Return (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 100 yds, 0:00
miaTD7:32Jason Taylor 48 Yard Fumble Return (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 20 yds, 2:38
nyjTD3:32Mark Sanchez 1 Yard Run (Jay Feely Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 29 yds, 2:22
miaTD3:26Ted Ginn Jr. 101 Yard Kickoff Return (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 101 yds, 0:00
nyjTD1:44Braylon Edwards 19 Yard Pass From Mark Sanchez (Mark Sanchez Pass to Braylon Edwards For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 74 yds, 1:34
miaTD8:53Joey Haynos 5 Yard Pass From Chad Henne (Chad Henne Pass to Greg Camarillo For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 67 yds, 7:47
nyjTD5:58Dustin Keller 16 Yard Pass From Mark Sanchez (Mark Sanchez Pass to Dustin Keller For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 81 yds, 2:56