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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Miami, FL – The New York Jets lost to the Miami Dolphins by the score of 19-17. The Jets came into the game knowing they needed to win and having three other teams lose in order for them to get into the playoffs. The Jets didn’t need to worry about anyone else because they didn’t do their part. The Jets even with a win wouldn’t have gotten in but they would have liked to win the game to finish on a high note and give themselves a chance. Quarterback Mark Sanchez had a tough day and for the first time the head coach Rex Ryan may be coming under fire.
Sanchez was 21-32 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Jeremy Kerley was 1-1 for 41 yards. LaDainian Tomlinson was the leading rusher with 11 for 56 yards, Shonn Greene rushed 14 times for 55 yards and Kerley rushed once for 16 yards. Kerley was the leading receiver with four catches for 71 yards, Plaxico Burress caught four catches for 57 yards, Dustin Keller caught seven passes for 45 yards and a touchdown. Matthew Mulligan caught one pass for 41 yards and Tomlinson caught four passes for 23 yards. Nick Folk was 1-1 on field goals with a 31 yarder and he made two extra points.
Donald Strickland had the only sack for the Jets. Brodney Pool had an interception and Bart Scott led the team with five tackles.
Matt Morre was 22-32 with 135 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Steve Slaton rushed the ball 11 times for 55 yards Daniel Thomas rushed it 12 times for 28 yards. The leading receiver for the Dolphins was Brandon Marshall who had five catches for 50 yards. Davone Bess had six catches for 45 yards, Brian Hartline had two catches for 16 yards and Daniel Thomas had two catches for 12 yards. Anthony Fasano had four catches for 11 yards Charles Clay had one for one and a touchdown. Dan Carpenter was 4-4 on field goals with his long being 31 yards and he made two extra points.
The Dolphins defense had three interceptions and two sacks. The interceptions were by Marvin Mitchell and two by Randy Starks. The sacks were by Jared Odrick and Starks.
The Jets season ended at 8-8 and they missed the playoffs. Even coming into this game it was a longshot for the Jets to make the playoffs but it was another disappointing game for the Jets as they end the season on a losing note. There will be some changes and both the quarterback and head coach are now coming under fire. They won’t do anything with either guy this year but the offensive coordinator will most likely be gone as he seems to be the scapegoat. It will be a long offseason for the Jets who talk a lot and haven’t been able to get it done, especially this season.