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Matchup Memories: Dolphins - Jets

Posted Oct 19, 2017

Five snapshots from the Dolphins-Jets series, focusing on games played in Miami …

1. Nov. 24, 1986 — The Jets brought a league-best 10-1 record into the Orange Bowl for this Monday night matchup, but left Miami with a loss that scarred them for the rest of the season. The Dolphins, who came into the game struggling with a 5-6 record, got three first-half touchdowns from running back Lorenzo Hampton on their way to a 45-3 victory, their most lopsided home victory against the Jets. The Jets wouldn’t win another game the rest of the regular season, although their 10-6 record still was good enough to make the playoffs.

2. Sept. 3, 1995 — The Dolphins began what would be Hall of Famer Don Shula’s final season as head coach with their highest-scoring total in a season opener. The Dolphins led 21-14 at halftime before a 31-0 run in the second quarter produced a 52-14 victory. Among the big plays in that second half were a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Troy Vincent and a 50-yard touchdown pass from Dan Marino to Irving Fryar.

3. Oct. 12, 2009 — This was another Monday night matchup, and it produced one of the most exciting fourth quarters in franchise history. The Dolphins trailed 13-10 heading into that fourth quarter before the teams traded the lead five times with touchdowns. The Dolphins got the last word when Ronnie Brown took a direct snap in the Wildcat formation and scored on a 2-yard run with 6 seconds left for a 31-27 victory.

4. Jan. 1, 2012 — The Dolphins closed out the 2011 regular season with a 19-17 victory that featured four field goals by Dan Carpenter, two interceptions by defensive tackle Randy Starks, and a game-clinching onside kick recovery by future Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, but it’s what happened after the game that made this one memorable. This was the last game of Jason Taylor’s Hall of Fame career, and his teammates marked the occasion by carrying him on their shoulders after the final whistle.

5. Nov. 6, 2016 — The Dolphins’ six-game winning streak last season featured a 27-23 comeback victory against the Jets at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins found themselves trailing 23-20 with 5:42 left in the fourth quarter after a Jets touchdown, but rookie Kenyan Drake immediately erased the deficit when he returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. Ndamukong Suh had a third-down sack to end the Jets’ next drive before Jay Ajayi had runs of 20 and 16 yards to help the Dolphins kill the clock.

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