Dolphins Twice Ring In The New Year With Wins

Posted Jan 1, 2013

While New Year's Day has been traditionally a day for college football, the Dolphins have made that day their own with divisional wins over the Patriots and Jets.

January 1, 2006 at New England (28-26 win) - The Dolphins closed out the 2005 season with their sixth in a row after they started the season 3-7. Miami kicker Olindo Mare kicked booted four field goals, quarterback Gus Frerotte threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Marty Booker, Ricky Williams scored on a 3-yard run and Cassel was sacked for a safety to account for the Dolphins scoring. With Miami holding a 25-13 lead, the two-time defending champion Patriots staged a late comeback, as the 43-year-old Doug Flutie made the NFL's first successful drop kick since Ray McLean for the Chicago Bears on Dec. 21, 1941. It followed Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel's first pro touchdown pass, a 6-yarder to Tim Dwight that made it 25-19 with 6:10 left. After Mare's 42-yard field goal made it 28-20 with 1:55 left, Cassel cut the lead to 28-26 with a 9-yard pass to Benjamin Watson with no time left. But Cassel's pass for a 2-point conversion fell incomplete.

January 1, 2012 vs. N.Y. Jets (19-17 win) - Jason Taylor’s inspired play spearheaded a 19-17 victory over the rival New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium and knocked them out of the playoffs in the process. Led by Kendall Langford and Paul Soliai, Taylor was carried off the field by his teammates after the game ended, knowing how big of a role he had in Miami’s 6-3 finish down the stretch. Taylor’s stat line may not have been typical of his stellar career (one tackle and one quarterback hit), but his teammates were not about to let him head off into retirement with a loss. Three turnovers by Miami’s defense proved to be the undoing of the Jets and all of them were interceptions – two by defensive end Randy Starks and the dagger by inside linebacker Marvin Mitchell. After the Dolphins had erased a 10-3 deficit with a 58-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter as the clock expired in the first half and quarterback Matt Moore’s 1-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Charles Clay, they did not let off the gas. Starks’ second interception, forced by Taylor’s hit on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, set up Carpenter’s 40-yard field goal to make it 16-10. Mitchell stepped in front of Sanchez’s intended receiver on New York’s next drive and returned his interception 55 yards. That led to Carpenter’s third field goal of the day from 44 yards and put the game virtually out of reach. Sanchez desperately led his offense down the field to close the gap with a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Patrick Turner with 1:15 left in the game. The quick 80-yard drive took just one minute and 17 seconds and seven plays, giving the Jets a chance to try an onside kick. Brandon Marshall recovered it and went out of bounds at his own 47 to seal the deal as the Jets finished 8-8. Taylor was sent out on the field on offense for the final kneel-downs by Moore and heard the “JT, JT” chants from the crowd as the clock wound down. He lined up as the I-back for the last one and was mobbed by the cameras. Moore was 22-of-32 for 135 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and he got decent run support in the absence of leading rusher Reggie Bush from Steve Slaton. Slaton rushed for 55 yards on 11 carries, with rookie Daniel Thomas adding 28 yards on 12 carries.

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