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Dolphins beat Jets, 31-27, in back-and-forth game

The lead changes hands five times in the fourth quarter. Miami uses the wildcat effectively in three touchdown drives.

October 13, 2009|Associated Press

MIAMI — With 10 seconds left and the game on the line, the Miami Dolphins went with the wildcat.

It worked again.

Running back Ronnie Brown took the snap and scored on a two-yard keeper up the middle on third down, and Miami came from behind three times in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Jets, 31-27, on Monday night.

Newcomer Braylon Edwards gave the Jets a big boost, and two fake punts fooled the Dolphins. But they gained 110 yards with the wildcat, which was instrumental in three touchdown drives, including the last one.

Starting from their own 30-yard line with 5:05 left and trailing, 27-24, Miami drove 70 yards in 13 plays for the winning score. The march included four wildcat plays for 25 yards, and Brown fell into the end zone on the last with six seconds to go.

The Dolphins (2-3) climbed back into the AFC East race after losing their first three games. The Jets (3-2) fell into a tie with New England for first place and have lost two straight.

The lead changed hands five times in the fourth quarter as the game became a shootout reminiscent of the Dolphins' Dan Marino days. Filling that role just fine was Chad Henne.

In only his second NFL start, Henne completed 20 of 26 for 241 yards and two touchdowns. He threw deep to Ted Ginn Jr. for a 53-yard score to give Miami a 24-20 lead with 10:10 left.

The Jets kept answering with Edwards, acquired in a trade with Cleveland a week ago. He caught one scoring pass and set up New York's other two touchdowns. The Jets also fooled Miami with fake punts twice to set up a touchdown and a field goal.

Jets rookie Mark Sanchez was 12 for 24 for 172 yards.

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