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Special Teams The Key As Dolphins Nip Jets 30-25

One thing can be said for the Miami Dolphins: they find different ways to score on any given week. During Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, despite amassing (and I use the word amassing loosely) 104 total yards of offense. That in and of itself tells you that they found ways to score other than at the offensive side of the ball.

By and large, the Dolphins’ defense and special teams provided most of the scoring that they would need, with wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. returning a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns as Miami nipped New York 30-25 at Giants Stadium.

The first half was, depending on your point of view, lacking offense by both teams (probably stating the obvious) or shutdown defense (maybe, maybe not). In any event, the only scoring that took place was bvy way of the foot as field goals were converted by Jay Feely and Dan Carpenter, which would allow Miami and New York to go to their respective locker rooms with a 3-3 tie.

Business picked up markedly in the third quarter as Feely booted a 55-yard FG whihc gave New York a 6-3 edge; the Dolphins would respond immediately as Ginn, Jr. returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a score, giving Miami back the lead at 10-6. He would do the same exact thing about 7 minutes later, this time returning the kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown, extending Miami’s lead to 24-13.

The Jets would strike back with 1:35 left in the period as QB Mark Sanchez connected with Braylon Edwards on a 19-yard TD pass, getting New York to within 24-19 going into the fourth quarter. The Dolphins would have their best offensive display on a drive that covered 13 plays and 67 yards, capped by a touchdown pass from Chad Henne to tight end Joey Haynos, extending Miami’s lead to 30-19 with 8:48 left in the game.

A 16-yard TD pass from Sanchez to Dustin Keller would close the gap to 30-25 (the two-point conversion failed). A fourth-and-13 play for the Jets failed as Sanchez fired an incomplete pass to Keller in the end zone, sealing the win for Miami.

The Dolphins’ passing – or lack thereof – was led by Henne who went 12-of-21 for 115 yards with a TD while Sanchez had the better stats, going 20-of-35 for 265 yards and a pair of passing scores as well as a rushing TD. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams rushed for 27 yards, leading Miami while Thomas Jones led the Jets’ rushing attack with 102 yards while catching a pass for 28 yards.

Williams led all Miami receivers with 2 receptions for 41 yards while Keller led all New York receivers as he caught 8 passes for 76 yards and a TD; Edwards caught 4 for 74 yards and a score while Jerricho Cotchery caught 3 passes for 70 yards.

Miami (3-4) plays again next Sunday in a key matchup when they visit Foxborough, MA to take on the New England Patriots while New York (4-4) goes into their bye week and do not play again until Sunday, November 15 when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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