Jets pull out of skid
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Darrelle Revis ran back an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and the New York Jets did just enough to beat the Miami Dolphins, 24-6, last night and end a three-game losing streak.
Mark Sanchez threw a touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes and ran for another score as Rex Ryan’s Jets - who called this a “must-win’’ game - capped a tough week by pulling out a victory and sending the winless Dolphins to their fifth straight loss.
With the losses mounting and the season already on the brink of spinning out of control for the Jets (3-3), they had to deal with some infighting as Holmes called out the offensive line for not protecting Sanchez. Right guard Brandon Moore fired back, saying those comments could have a “fragmenting effect.’’
New York’s anemic offense finally woke up late in the second quarter, leading to Sanchez’s 5-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw. The Jets led, 14-6, at the half.
Then the Jets marched 79 yards in 13 plays in the third quarter, setting up Nick Folk’s 28-yard field goal for a 17-6 lead. They took up nearly half the quarter on that drive, with Sanchez completing consecutive 24-yard passes to Dustin Keller and Joe McKnight.
That was in stark contrast to the early going. It took the Jets until 6:17 remained in the half to get their initial first down. They were outgained, 203 yards to 34, at that point. But they were in front thanks to Revis.
In the first quarter, Matt Moore, playing quarterback with Chad Henne out for the season after shoulder surgery, threw outside to Brandon Marshall. But the receiver had cut inside at the goal line, and Revis easily caught the errant pass.
Revis weaved through the Dolphins without being touched to tie the longest interception runback in Jets history. Aaron Glenn went 100 yards against Miami in 1996.
Miami’s Reggie Bush left in the third quarter with his right arm hanging at his side - it was announced as a neck injury. Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith limped off dragging his right leg late in the third quarter.