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Dolphins Defeat Jets 31-28

Posted Oct 22, 2017

Matt Moore came off the bench to help the Dolphins produce another thrilling comeback victory.

After replacing injured starting quarterback Jay Cutler, Moore threw two touchdown passes to Kenny Stills to help erase a 28-14 fourth-quarter deficit and cornerback Bobby McCain had an interception to set up Cody Parkey’s 39-game winning field goal with 22 seconds left as the Dolphins defeated the New York Jets 31-28 at Hard Rock Stadium.

The victory, which came a week after the Dolphins rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit against the Atlanta Falcons, was their 12th consecutive in games decided by seven points of less. That’s two shy of the NFL record, set by the Indianapolis Colts between 2008 and 2009.

On a first-and-10 from the Jets 15-yard line, McCain intercepted a pass near the sideline intended for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.

Cutler threw two touchdown passes in the first half, connecting with Landry and Fasano, as the Dolphins score 14 points in the first half after combining for 13 in the first two quarters in their first five games.

Cutler and Moore became the first pair of Dolphins quarterbacks to throw touchdown passes in the same game since 2010 when Chad Henne and Tyler Thigpen did it in a 29-17 victory against the Tennessee Titans.

Quarterback Josh McCown threw for three touchdowns and ran for another for the Jets, who were trying to sweep the season series.

Along with Cutler, the Dolphins also lost left tackle Laremy Tunsil to a knee injury in the third quarter.

The Dolphins had not allowed an opponent to score more than 20 points this season, but the Jets surpassed that total in the first half as they took a 21-14 lead into halftime.

The Dolphins defense tightened up after the Jets took a 28-14 lead and ended back-to-back Jets drives in the fourth quarter with sacks, the first by Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh and the second by Wake alone.

The teams traded nearly identical touchdown drives to start the game, the Jets going 75 yards on five plays in 2:05 and the Dolphins answering with 75 yards on five plays in 2:11.

The Jets gained 31 yards on the first play from scrimmage on a screen pass from McCown to running back Bilal Powell and McCown connected with Kearse for a 29-yard touchdown four plays later.

The Dolphins’ first offensive play was almost as productive as the Jets’ first play, with Cutler hitting tight end for a 25-yard gain after faking a handoff to Jay Ajayi and rolling to his right. Stills produced the biggest play of the drive with a circus catch for a 36-yard gain. Closely covered by a Jets defender, Stills juggled the ball before securing the catch while lying on his back near the sideline. The play was first ruled as an incomplete pass before the Dolphins challenged the ruling and it was overturned.

Cutler capped the drive when he rolled to his left and hit Landry in the back of the end zone — the third consecutive game with a touchdown for Landry.

The Jets took the lead with McCown’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Anderson, which capped another 75-yard drive. The key play on the drive was a 21-yard completion to Matt Forte on a third-and-19 where Forte broke several tackle attempts.

The Dolphins tied the game again in the second quarter on Cutler’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Fasano, which capped a 70-yard drive. The key play on the drive was a 28-yard penalty on the Jets for defensive pass interference o a third-and-8 from the Dolphins 44.

The Dolphins earlier converted a third-and-1 with a 3-yard run by Jay Ajayi with linebacker Rey Maualuga lining up at fullback on the play.

The Jets took the lead for the third time right after the two-minute warning when McCown scored on a 1-yard sneak on second-and-goal. The touchdown came two plays after defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson intercepted a Cutler pass that was deflected at the line of scrimmage by blitzing safety Jamal Adams.

The Dolphins (4-2) next face the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday night.

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