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"We were able to change this around with a good coach who came in with pride and passion," Ginn said. "We got a great quarterback and our D stepped up for us. That's all you could ask for."
The Jets took a 17-14 lead on Leon Washington's 10-yard touchdown run and a 2-point conversion early in the third quarter after taking advantage of a special teams mistake by the Dolphins. Punter Brandon Fields couldn't handle John Denney's high snap, and the ball bounced behind him before he fell on it at the Miami 28.
Facing a third-and-14 at the 32, Favre connected with Jerricho Cotchery for 15 yards to keep the drive alive. After a 7-yard run, Washington went up the middle for 10 more and a score. Cotchery then caught a pass in the front of the end zone on the 2-point conversion.
But Miami came right back with a six-play scoring drive, with Fasano making a twisting, turning 20-yard touchdown catch in the end zone to make it 21-17.
Dan Carpenter kicked a 48-yard field goal into the wind, making it 24-17 with 9:20 left in the game.
Miami took a 14-6 lead by scoring twice in a span of 15 seconds late in the first half on Ginn's 27-yard catch with 2:18 remaining and Merling's interception return.
"(It's) disappointment more than anything," Washington said. "From the beginning of December, we had a chance to control our own destiny and that's where you want to be at. We didn't take advantage of the opportunities that we had."
Notes: Miami tight end David Martin took a blow to his head in the first quarter and didn't return. ... Jets linebacker David Harris left after injuring an ankle in the second half. ... The Jets had won the last five meetings. ... New York RB Thomas Jones, who entered as the AFC's leading rusher, finished with just 23 yards on 10 carries.
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