There will be no post-season for the Miami Dolphins. Ryan Tannehill threw 3 interceptions, and the Dolphins fell to the New York Jets 20-7 in a game Miami needed to win in order to stay alive for the playoffs.
The Dolphins season will end on a 2-game losing streak. After Miami won a dramatic game over the Patriots on December 15th, it appeared the Dolphins were poised for a run at the playoffs, but it was not to be.
The Jets played with a sense of urgency in this one despite having nothing to play for, while the Dolphins looked flat. This game may have been a case of the Jets giving it all they had for their coach. Immediately following the game, Jets owner Woody Johnson announced that Rex Ryan will be back next season.
Miami was the team that struck first after a 14-play 90-yard drive that culminated in a Mike Wallace 5-yard touchdown reception that gave the Dolphins a 7-0 lead.
Much like last week against the Browns, it took awhile for the Jets offense to get going. It finally got going in the middle of the 2nd quarter when Geno led the Jets on a 10-play 71-yard drive in which he completed all 5 of his pass attempts. Sheldon Richardson ran it in from 1-yard out for his 2nd rushing touchdown of the year, tying the game at 7.
With three seconds left in the first half, Geno Smith pounded his way into the end-zone from 7-yards out giving the Jets a 14-7 halftime lead.
Miami was poised to get back in the game early in the 3rd quarter before Dee Milliner happened. Milliner intercepted Ryan Tannehill at the Jets 22-yard line ending a prime scoring opportunity for the Dolphins. He wasn’t finished.
A Nick Folk field goal with under 5 minutes to go in the game made the score 17-7 Jets. On the first play of the ensuing Dolphins drive, Tannehill’s pass was tipped and picked off by Ed Reed leading to another Folk field goal.
Down by 13 with 3 minutes to go, it was now desperation mode for Miami. Then Milliner happened…again. Milliner intercepted Tannehill for the 2nd time, and Geno Smith kneeled the clock out officially ending the Dolphins season.
Geno was very efficient for the Jets and didn’t turn the ball over. He completed 17 of 27 passes for 190 yards, an 83.9 passer rating, and a rushing touchdown.
For the 2nd consecutive week, Dee Milliner was the Jets player of the game. Milliner had 5 passes defended, 2 interceptions, and held Mike Wallace to just 25-yards receiving.
Along with the 3 interceptions, Tannehill missed several throws for Miami and completed 50 percent of his passes for the game. A performance like that from Tannehill was not going to get the job done.
The Jets will finish the season 2nd in the AFC East, while Miami will finish 3rd.