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Dolphins vs. Jets Recap

The Miami Dolphins weren’t looking at this week’s game as a must-win-to-keep-the-season-alive contest. However, when it came down to it, that’s exactly what it was.

And, now that all is said and done, Fins fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as the Dolphins kept their albeit small postseason hopes alive with a 10-6 win over their division rival New York Jets Sunday at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

Coming into the contest, Miami tried to do a few things to “shake up” the team. They left for the road trip a day earlier, practiced at the Jets’ facility – and even took in an inspirational Broadway show with their multitude of extra free time. But even though their preparation looked a little different this week, their result turned out to be exactly the same on the road as it has been six of the seven weeks they have played away from home – with a victory.

That wasn’t the only thing that stayed the same throughout the course of this contest, however. One of the themes of this season has been how well the defense has played – and how almost downright miserable the offense has been at times. That trend certainly continued Sunday, as Miami committed three turnovers and gained only 131 yards of total offense, including a paltry 30 through the air. They were only 3-of-15 on third down conversions, and the list goes on and on. The Jets weren’t much better either, although the stanch defense of the Fins was certainly a factor in keeping them without a touchdown in the game.

Miami made quick work out of the gates, as a Nolan Carroll interception early in the first quarter set up a 47-yard field goal from Mr. Reliable, aka Dan Carpenter, just over five minutes into the game. Just three plays later, Jets QB Mark Sanchez was sacked by Kendall Langford, forcing him to fumble at his own 26-yard line. After Miami recovered, Chad Henne hit Brandon Marshall six plays later in the end zone for Marshall’s second TD of the season.

 That play came at the 5:43 mark in the 1st quarter. It certainly doesn’t take a math major to figure out that Miami did not score for the remainder of the game (more than 50 minutes of game time), but again, at the end of the day, the defense came up with the plays it needed to on this sloppy, wet field to walk away with yet another victory on the road – one that, being against a division foe, is the sweetest one yet.

The Miami Dolphins are three games away from the end of the season, but the next two matchups are at home against the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions. Don’t miss your opportunity to see the Fins live in action with their last two home games in 2010, and do your part to help carry them into the postseason by purchasing Miami Dolphins tickets, Dolphins VIP tickets and Dolphins ticket and tailgate packages exclusively through!