Jets’ Season Ends In Misery, Defeated By Dolphins 19-17

8-8 Season Wasn't What Gang Green Fans Expected

MIAMI (AP) —The New York Jets will sit out the playoffs, and that’s guaranteed.

The Jets failed to fulfill coach Rex Ryan’s pledge to win a Super Bowl title, with Sunday’s 19-17 loss at Miami eliminating them from the chase for an AFC wild-card berth.

Mark Sanchez threw three interceptions, the last coming with the Jets threatening to take a late lead. They gave up six third-down conversions during the Dolphins’ 21-play, 94-yard drive for their only touchdown.

The Jets (8-8) came into the game needing a win along with losses by three other teams to reach the playoffs. Instead, they finished the season with three consecutive defeats, a big step backward for a team that reached the AFC championship game each of the past two years.

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Ryan said he didn’t regret his guarantee, even if the Jets fell way short.

“I’m always going to chase the Super Bowl,” Ryan said. “I know I get criticized for it beyond belief, but if you don’t, then you’re probably a loser, OK? I’m not a loser.”

Soap opera fodder for the offseason came out of the Jets’ final drive, when receiver and captain Santonio Holmes was benched. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson said teammates were unhappy with Holmes’ effort, demeanor and body language.

“It’s tough for guys to follow a captain that kind of behaves in that manner,” Tomlinson said. “You’ve got to lead by example, and you’ve got to play your tail off until the last play.”

Holmes was held without a catch for the first time in his 88-game career.

NFL active sacks leader Jason Taylor, playing his final game, harried Sanchez into an interception and was carried off the field after the game.

It was a rare moment of celebration for the Dolphins (6-10), who completed their third consecutive losing season, their longest such stretch since the 1960s. They fired coach Tony Sparano on Dec. 12 and have begun the search for a successor.

“Obviously we wanted more Ws,” quarterback Matt Moore said. “It’s a time to learn from, and there were a lot of mistakes to go back and correct. But there are a lot of positive things as well. It’s hard not to feel good after a win, especially against the Jets.”

Another small consolation: Miami tied the NFL record for most wins after a 0-7 start.

The Jets again were victims of their own mistakes, with each interception leading to a field goal. They’ve given up 126 points off turnovers this year, the most in the league.

Sanchez’s final misfire came at the Miami 10 with 3 minutes left and the Jets trailing 16-10. Reserve linebacker Marvin Mitchell stepped in front of intended receiver Shonn Greene and rumbled 55 yards to set up a field goal.

The 305-pound Starks came away with two interceptions.

“The interceptions obviously were backbreakers,” Ryan said.

Taylor, who said Wednesday he would retire at the end of his 15th NFL season, sent the crowd into pandemonium when he scooped up a fumble and scored with 2½ minutes left. However, a replay review negated the turnover, with the officials determining the ball carrier was down before the fumble.

The Jets then scored with 1:15 to go on Sanchez’s 10-yard pass to Patrick Turner, but Miami’s Brandon Marshall recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal the win. Taylor played tailback in the Dolphins’ victory formation as Moore twice took a knee to run out the clock.

“It was a good way to end this thing — to beat your No. 1 rivals in your home stadium in your last game,” Taylor said during an emotional postgame news conference. “I can’t complain. I’m very, very happy and blessed to be where I am.”

The Dolphins took the lead for good in the fourth quarter with a drive that took 12 minutes and 29 seconds. Moore threw completions to convert all six third downs during the sequence, including on the final play when he hit Charles Clay with a 1-yard touchdown pass.

The drive set franchise records for the number of plays and time of possession.

“I didn’t realize how long it was,” Moore said. “It was unbelievable, just a great job on everybody’s part.”

Otherwise the Dolphins’ offense sputtered without 1,000-yard rusher Reggie Bush, who sat out with a right knee injury. Dan Carpenter compensated with field goals of 44, 58, 40 and 44 yards.

The stands were perhaps half full, reflecting the disenchantment of Dolphins fans. Owner Stephen Ross drew jeers when he honored Taylor during a pregame ceremony, and a small plane overhead tugged a banner that called for the firing of general manager Jeff Ireland.

“This whole season was a lesson for us,” cornerback Sean Smith said. “On paper, we were a very good team, but you have to prove it every Sunday.”

Notes: Miami WR Davone Bess left the game in the fourth quarter with a right knee injury. LB Karlos Dansby departed in the first quarter with a groin injury. G Richie Incognito left in the third period with a neck injury. … Jets LB David Harris was ruled out in the fourth quarter with a calf injury. … Taylor’s brother-in-law, former Dolphins LB Zach Thomas, was an honorary co-captain. … Video tributes to Taylor on the scoreboard during the game included one from Dan Marino wearing jersey No. 99. … The longest previous drive in Dolphins history was 18 plays.

Where did it all go wrong for the Jets?  Share your thoughts below…

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.)

  • Wrecks Ryan

    Best of luck next year New Jersey Jets

  • BILL B


  • JIm

    Huge Jet fan here….This team deseved this…Sanchez wasnt the problem tho…Big mouth head coach depleted our O line…terrible,predictable offensive coordinator,no running game at all. 30th in the league at yards per carry. the backs are soft too. constantly limping off the field. top 10 team in the league in sacks allowed. we are lucky Sanchez made it through the season. BTW. Holmes is a total trouble maker who can easily divide a locker room. how bout Keller. he quit on plays constantly. Sanchez hit him in the ear hole against the Giants. Nice job paying attention..Oh and thanks Rex!!! You made sure every team that played us would try their hardest to win. I guarantee What?!!! You made the Jets relevant and then turn them into the laughin stock of the NFL!!!

  • jh

    Holmes is the most selfish athlete in the history of sports…
    no wonder the Steelers got rid of him…
    bonehead move by Ryan making this cancer a captain…



  • Rico SS

    The Jets will NEVER win with Sanchez as QB. He makes horrible dedcisions. Throws into coverage. Too many INTs. Cant read defenses. Poor arm-inacurate as hell.
    Rex is Rex. Jets fans werent complaining about him last 2 yrs when they went to AFC champ. He is an ignoramous. His tactics have gotten old. As the Pats fan said……he cant walk the walk.

  • Fred

    What’s really funny is that most, if not all, Jets fans were left with “I told you so” as in “I knew the Jets were going to the playoff ” “I told you so”

    They can’t use that and it’s killing them. They really believed this overated head coach, with his overrarted QB & with his overated team were Super Bowl bound.

    Sweet way to start the New Year, Jetsless

  • Joe Namath

    Bottom line: Sanchez does not belong in NFL. at best, he should be working at dunkin donuts. SoCal QBS are over-rated because of their system, in HS and college. Sanhez is one of the most over-rated ever. He will never win in NFL. Can’t read defense, fixes on a single receiver, telegraphs passes. Most HS QB are better.

  • NY Fan

    Congratulations to the Jets on winning the Super b…oh wait, tey didnt?..Im sorry, but they promised…guess it must be the toilet bowl they won!…Bwahahahahhaha Back to Jersey boyz

  • David

    Why anyone would want the Jets to succeed with a dumb blowhard like Ryan is beyond me (as well as the lack of character in quite a few players on the current team). Just to be a “fan” is foolish, although sadly quite the norm in sports…but one should root for a team because of a reason, not just because your dad liked them, or you picked a team whn you were 7, and stick with them no matter what. This team has little in the way of standards, or class, and has been a loser for decades and decades now. This team under Ryan has had just one good season of his three so far, the 2nd, since the 1st shouldn’t count as they won a way into the post season through pure luck…even Ryan himself famously counted his team out before the end, and their luck turned through no achievment of their own.

  • Big Blue Backer

    Does Woody Johnson not get it? If he doesn’t, he will soon. Every team in the NFL is super motivated to beat the Jets because of their coach’s huge mouth. And honestly, he’s a slightly above average coach. Rex, Shotty, Holmes and Sanchez all need to go. blow up this rotten mess and start again.

  • scorp980

    Ryan needs to shut-up all hes doing is motivating the other teams.

  • Louie

    The most pathetic NY sports team they are an embarrassment to NY sports they are the CUBS of NY teams eternal losers!!!

  • jojo

    Hey all you Jets fans and the goon fireman –a Pats fan here checkin in—maybe you need a coach that walks the walk instead of just talkin the talk–Big mouth Rex and Sanchise seem like they are not as good as they say they are. If talkin and bragging could win football games you’d be 13-3 kinda like the Pats. Too bad boys–see ya next year.

    • scorp980

      Yeah it feals just like when the Jets sent the Pats packing l;ast year.

      • Big Blue Backer

        That’s feels with 2 e’s. Typical ignorant Jet fan.

  • Tony

    Give Rex one more year with his antics,get rid of the offensive coordinator and see what happens,then who knows

  • ??

    For those Jets fans who really think Sanchez is going to be this great QB, or those who say “look at how Brady, Rogers & Brees all started”, you’re only fooling yourself. Sanchez is a terrible QB, can not read a defense, bad on his feet and can’t throw over 20 yrds

    You can only hope he becomes better then Tebow.

  • JJF

    Ryan has to go. He is a great D coordinator but not a head coach. Bring in Cowher

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