The Dolphins trudged and trucked for three quarters Monday night. And then the offense went crazy in the fourth quarter, scoring 21 points to erase leads of 20-17 and 27-24.
Final: Dolphins 31, Jets 27.
The Dolphins rode the wildcat package, triggered by both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, for three quarters. But in the fourth-quarter, the team needed Chad Henne to come up big.
And he did.
Henne threw TD passes of 2 yards to Anthony Fasano and 53 yards to Ted Ginn Jr. in the fourth quarter. He also had completions of 8 and 12 yards on the final 13-play, 70 yard drive that was culminated by a 2-yard run by Brown.
The 12-yard pass converted a third-and-10 situation from the New York 16 yard line.
Henne was the better QB on the field, completing 20 of 26 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns. His quarterback rating was a whopping 130.4.
The Dolphins quarterback rewrote the headline of this one to fit, well, himself: Henne-given Monday!
Interestingly, the Jets didn't give Henne much props afterward. Linebacker Bart Scott said Henne, "managed the game well."
Safety Kerry Rhodes said Henne, "played a good game. He played good enough to win."
Mark Sanchez, the much hyped New York QB, completed 12 of 24 passes for 172 yards with one touchdown. His QB rating was 87.5.When this night was done, the Dolphins outrushed the Jets, 151-138; and out-passed the Jets 262 to 171.
Ronnie Brown was pretty solid also. He rushed for 74 yards on 21 carries and they were all hard-fought yards. But the payoff came on his 2-yard score with 6 seconds to play that gave Miami the victory.
"We've got 10 seconds left on the clock," Brown recalled afteward, "We were in the huddle, we're all like, 'All right, here we go -- we've got to score a touchdown. No settling for field goals. We've got to finish the game.'
"That's something we've been strugglin g with the first couple of games. We said "We're going to finish tonight. Whatever we've got to do, get the ball in the end zone." Blocked it up, ran the ball downhill."
Afterward, Jets coach Rex Ryan was beside himself, which is to say, he was taking up a lot of space.
"First off, it was a complete embarrassment by our defense and by me, obviously we need to prepare better," he said. "I didn't have the defense prepared the way they should have been and I take full responsibility for that.
"I've never been involved in a game like that in my life. Our offense did tremendous and gave us every opportunity to win the game. At the end, I though about using time outs but I said, 'You know what, they're not scoring.' I was wrong. I'm just kind of at a loss for words with our defensive performance. We made that quarterback look like Dan Marino. He was pretty good, though, he deserves credit. We have to do a better job at defending that long pass. It was just a horrendous day for our defense."