Jets blow 4th-quarter lead to Dolphins on 96-yard kickoff return

MIAMI GARDENS – Pack it in Jets fans, this season is over.

Gang Green was afforded every opportunity to beat the Dolphins on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, but instead they just beat themselves, 27-23.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was quite simply bad, throwing two bad interceptions that proved costly to the Jets. He suffered a knee injury, too, but returned to the contest. The entire team was sloppy, as penalty calls greatly hindered the team.

Miami gave the Jets plenty of shots to win the game, and their punter dropping a snap in the fourth quarter was a huge gift that allowed Gang Green to actually come back and take a fourth quarter lead. But immediately the special teams unit surrendered a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, earning a loss in classic Jets fashion.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick escapes the rush here but throws a pair of costly picks as Jets fall to 3-6.

Ryan Fitzpatrick escapes the rush here but throws a pair of costly picks as Jets fall to 3-6.

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The loss cuts short the Jets “winning streak,” which ended after two victories over questionable opponents. It also drops the Jets to 3-6, meaning they have already matched their loss total from a season ago after just nine games. The Jets would have to win out to go 10-6 — and they still have to face the Patriots twice — and they know better than anyone that wouldn’t guarantee anything. Realistically, this campaign is coming to an early close.

Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson were held out of the first quarter of the game, presumably as a form of team discipline.

The Jets’ offense showed some life on its opening drive, but Fitzpatrick was inaccurate on two separate passes that would have gone for touchdowns. First, he missed Robby Anderson streaking down the right side of the field and then, at the five-yard line, he missed Brandon Marshall running a slant in the end zone. So the Jets settled for a 23-yard field goal after Bowles elected to kick on 4th-and-2 from the five-yard line.

Bobby McCain picks off Ryan Fitzpatrick in the end zone as the Dolphins hand Jets another loss.

Bobby McCain picks off Ryan Fitzpatrick in the end zone as the Dolphins hand Jets another loss.

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A pair of killer penalties crushed the Jets defense right out of the gate while they were without Richardson and Wilkerson. First, Buster Skrine drew a 15-yard penalty for getting into it with Jarvis Landry on one play. Soon thereafter, Calvin Pryor busted up a running play in the backfield but was immediately flagged for taunting (though in the moment it looked like calling Pryor’s little celebration dance hardly seemed deserving of the penalty). A couple plays later Jay Ajayi got a big hole from his offensive line and ran in a 20-yard touchdown to put Miami up 7-3.

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Soon thereafter, the Dolphins handed the Jets a favor back by way of the flag, when Andre Branch horse-collar tackled Brandon Marshall on what would have been a third-down stop. That allowed the Jets to keep their drive alive and on a running play, TE Brandon Bostick and Dakota Dozier opened up a huge hole for Matt Forte, who sprinted away for a 31-yard TD that put the Jets back on top, 10-7, with 35 seconds left in the first quarter.

Ryan Tannehill and Co. continued to get the best of the Jets defense. Tannehill led his unit down the field again on an 11-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a one-yard touchdown pass to TE Dominique Jones to put Miami up 14-10 with 10:16 left in the half.

Jay Ajayi goes over the 100-yard mark and adds a touchdown in the Dolphins win in Miami.

Jay Ajayi goes over the 100-yard mark and adds a touchdown in the Dolphins win in Miami.

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The Dolphins were up 17-13 with just over five minutes left in the third quarter when Fitzpatrick, who had not been playing well, threw an interception to Jordan Phillips. Phillips, a defensive tackle, dropped into coverage jumped in front of the pass for Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The Jets had an opportunity to make up for it, though, as Jordan Jenkins had a sure pick-six in his hands on the ensuing series but dropped it. Instead, the Dolphins kicked a 29-yard field goal to go up 20-13 with 3:22 left in the third quarter.

Near the end of the quarter, Fitzpatrick took a rough low hit on a pass intended for Brandon Marshall and a flag was called for roughing the passer as another defender came in late on the quarterback. At first Fitzpatrick seemed OK, but before the next snap, he took a knee and indicated he was hurt. He came out of the game and trainers appeared to look at his knee on the sideline while Bryce Petty took over the offense.

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Petty completed his first career pass attempt by hitting Bilal Powell on a 15-yard screen to work the Jets into field goal range. A few plays later the drive ended with Nick Folk hitting a 28-yard field goal just over two minutes into the fourth quarter to reduce the deficit to 20-16.

Matt Forte scores a first-quarter touchdown to give the Jets an early 10-7 lead.

Matt Forte scores a first-quarter touchdown to give the Jets an early 10-7 lead.

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But Fitzpatrick was healthy enough to come back in the game, and suddenly, he looked like a new man. First he hit Quincy Enunwa for a 25-yard gain and then Anderson made a leaping catch on a 27-yard pass to bring the Jets into the red zone. Gang Green looked all set up to take the lead, until third down, when they pulled as Jets-y a move as it gets. Fitzpatrick lofted up a jump ball to the back of the end zone…except the only two people there were Dolphins. Bobby McCain picked it off, delivering a crushing blow to the Jets.

But then, the Jets were given new life. They got a three-and-out and then punter Matt Darr simply dropped the snap and the Jets were given a shot to start their next drive in the red zone.

And on the second play of the drive, Fitzpatrick actually threw a nice pass and hit Jalin Marshall for an 18-yard touchdown, beating McCain. Miraculously, that gave the Jets a 23-20 lead with 5:42 left in the contest.

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After an Antonio Allen offsides penalty forced a re-kick on the ensuing kickoff, the Jets had to re-kick and were made to pay. Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake ran the second kick back 96 yards for a touchdown to send Hard Rock Stadium into a tizzy and give the Dolphins a 27-23 lead with 5:15 remaining.

The Jets next drive was stopped quickly as Fitzpatrick was sacked by Ndamukong Suh on third down. The Jets never got the ball back, as they let the Dolphins run them over to close out the win.

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