Dolphins-Jets: Miami's Wildcat Offense Powers Past New York

Ash MarshallSenior Analyst IOctober 13, 2009

MIAMI - OCTOBER 12:  Running back Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates scoring the game winning touchdown against the New York Jets fans prior to their game at Land Shark Stadium on October 12, 2009 in Miami, Florida. Miami defeated New York 31-27.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Ronnie Brown capped off a free-scoring fourth quarter by bursting the ball home out of the Wildcat with six seconds remaining to give the Miami Dolphins a 31-27 victory over the New York Jets.

The running back ensured that the fifth lead change of the period would be the final one, taking the snap from the two-yard-line and finding a seam to complete a 13-play drive.

Miami quarterback Chad Henne—making just his second NFL start—was instrumental in the win, helping the Dolphins come from behind three times and giving them just their second win of the season.

Henne protected the ball well throughout the game, throwing for 241 yards (20/26) with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

He was complimented by Dolphins' backs Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, who combined for 142 yards on 32 touches on the ground and 84 yards through the air.

Henne and the Dolphins were particularly effective on third down plays, converting nine of their 14 attempts, including key back to back conversions in the dying moments of the game setting up the winning score.

In truth, the Jets didn't do a whole lot wrong.

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Quarterback Mark Sanchez was much more efficient than in Week Two, and new receiver Braylon Edwards shined in his first start in a Jets' uniform.

Sanchez threw for 172 yards and a touchdown and kicker Jay Feely extended his streak of field goals to 22 to tie a franchise record.

If it wasn't for Miami's final drive of the game, the Jets would be going in to Week Six's encounter with the Bills 4-1.

A number of timely Dolphins penalties gave New York more than enough chances to stay in the game, but they just couldn't find a way to stop the Wildcat offense of Tony Sparano's AFC East rivals.


The Dolphins scored on their opening drive of the game on Brown's one-yard touchdown run, but the Jets answered back immediately.

New York punter Steven Weatherford mishandled the football on 4th-and-6 at the Jets' 34-yard line, but he raced down the right sideline for a 26-yard gain to move the chains.

Whether it was a botched play or fake punt, the Jets went straight back to business and their offense remained on the field.

Revitalized after the reprieve, Sanchez looked down field for the longball for Dustin Keller. On the play, Yeremiah Bell was called for defensive pass interference and the Jets would put six points on the board two plays later.

Sanchez found a hole in the Dolphins' zone defense on 3rd-and-goal, firing the ball past Will Allen to Edwards for his first reception as a Jet.

The former Cleveland Browns receiver—troubled last season with a number of dropped balls—didn't seem to miss a beat in his new offense.

Edwards caught five balls for 64 yards in becoming just the third receiver in 39 years to be traded and then start the very next week for his new team.

If Edwards needed time to adjust, it didn't show.

While the Jets' offense looked in sync, the defense was left scratching its collective head looking for a way to halt the Dolphins.

Miami regained the lead on a Dan Carpenter 35-yard field goal, which was set up by a short screen pass that Ricky Williams was able to turn into a big gain for 59.

Feely tied the score at 10-10 in the second quarter, splitting the uprights from 40 yards, and Sanchez then moved the ball 31 yards in 57 seconds at the end of the half to set up Feely from 43.

The Dolphins hit back on the second play of the fourth quarter, finishing off a 15-play drive with Henne rolling out to his right on play action and hitting Anthony Fasano at the back of the end zone.

Miami's lead was short-lived however, with Thomas Jones bursting through the middle from the one-yard line; just two minutes later after the Dolphins successfully challenged what would have been Edwards' second TD of the night.

Trailing 20-17, Miami rallied yet again.

Ted Ginn beat Terry Rhodes and Jim Leonhard down field for a 53-yard touchdown to give the Dolphins a 24-20 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining.

The advantage did not last though as another penalty on the Dolphins' secondary let Sanchez and the Jets back into the game.

Allen was judged to have bumped Edwards at the three-yard line as the former Browns' receiver looked to reel in a 49-yard pass down the middle.

The penalty—which looked on the replays to be very harsh on the Dolphin's cornerback—proved costly as Jones powered home on the very next snap to give the Jets a three-point lead with five minutes to play.

With the comfort of knowing a field goal would send the game into overtime, Henne looked to push the boat out to try and win it in regulation.

He found Greg Camarillio on 3rd-and-5 and then converted a 3rd-and-10 pass to the 6'1" receiver again to march the Dolphins down to the New York four-yard line.

Out of the Wildcat offense, Brown took the snap, ran to the right and powered home on the keeper to give the Dolphins the win with six ticks of the clock remaining.

A last-gasp hail Mary from Sanchez fell well short, giving the Dolphins a 31-27 victory.

The Jets will host the 1-4 Buffalo Bills at Giants Stadium next Sunday, with the Fish returning to action after a bye week in Week Seven to welcome the Saints to Land Shark Stadium.

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