In the final game of the 2013 season the New York Jets came to play and after giving up a touchdown early in the second quarter, scored 20 unanswered points to beat the Miami Dolphins 20-7 and knock them out of the playoffs. The Jets won their last two games to finish 8-8 and owner Woody Johnson confirmed via his twitter account that Rex Ryan will return in 2014.
Great end to the season. Looking forward to more success with this guy. http://t.co/qrtIzrcXWb— Woody Johnson (@woodyjohnson4) December 29, 2013
The Jets won the toss and deferred until the second half but went three and out on their first series. Miami didn't fare much better, and the teams traded field position all quarter long. Kyle Wilson was back to return the first punt from Miami but left the game later hurting his knee and did not return. Jeremy Kerley returned to his punt return duties the remainder of the game.
On a drive that began in the first quarter, Ryan Tannehill connected with Mike Wallace for the only Miami score, on an all-out blitz by the Jets that saw Demario Davis hit Tannehill right as he threw the pass. When the Jets got the ball after the kickoff they answered the Dolphins. Geno Smith ran for 12 yards on first down and five more got tacked on for a defensive holding call. Chris Ivory picked up four yards, then nearly six more on consecutive runs. A pass to Greg Salas got them a first down, then Smith connected with Kerley to the 47 yard line. Bilal Powell went straight ahead for six yards, then Santonio Holmes caught his first ball to advance the Jets to the Miami 25 yard line. Smith ran it himself for four more yards, then Powell ran down to the 14 yard line. Smith found Holmes on a slant to the six yard line. Geno called his own number on third down, leaping near the one to set up first and goal. Sheldon Richardson was utilized again for the tying touchdown run.
The Dolphins were forced to punt and the Jets started another scoring drive with a slant pass to Kerley for seven yards. Powell got five yards, and then Smith connected with Holmes along the sideline to the 47 yard line on third down. Powell advanced the ball to midfield. Tommy Bohanon got eight and two-plus to get another first down on consecutive runs. A nice pass by Smith to David Nelson got them down to the two yard line, but they moved backwards on an illegal formation penalty. On third down Smith called his own number and ran it in this time to put the Jets up 14-7.
The Jets got the ball first but were stopped by Miami. The Dolphins moved to midfield and went for it on a fourth down and one foot play but the Jets stopped them for a loss, giving them the ball as a turnover on downs. The Dolphins got the ball back but Dee Milliner intercepted Ryan Tannehill after playing fairly solid coverage on Mike Wallace a few plays earlier but that almost drew a pass interference penalty. The Jets drove down and the highlight of the drive was a pass catch and run by Kellen Winslow near midfield that moved them to the 32 yard line.
Nick Folk missed a 35-yard field goal attempt that almost looked as if it hooked back in, but it was past the upright at the time. On the Jets next possession it became the Bilal Powell show with Chris Ivory apparently not playing since the first quarter. Powell got two yards, then 10 more for a first down to start the drive, then he spun and juked his way to the 45 yard line. The next play he took a direct snap in the wildcat formation and threw his first career pass, a left handed completion to Jeff Cumberland that fooled Miami and moved them down to the Dolphins 25 yard line. Powell got three more on second down, then Smith connected with Nelson for five more. This time Folk's 35-yard attempt, from same spot on the field as the previous miss, was good and moved the Jets ahead by 10, 17-7.
The very next Miami play from scrimmage was a tipped pass that went high in the air for "ball hawk" Ed Reed to camp under and make the interception. A clipping penalty on Miami during the run back of the pick gained the Jets another 15 yards. Inside the 10 yard line the Jets utilized a triple set backfield with Richardson, Kenrick Ellis and Powell for one play. Folk connected again from 26 yards out to make it 20-7. As the Dolphins drove and the Jets played "prevent defense" Dee Milliner again intercepted Tannehill to seal the deal.
Now the New York Jets start their offseason early with the 19 other NFL clubs who didn't make the playoffs. They must focus in on improving several areas of need and at least one new defensive coach but some continuity will remain with Rex Ryan as head coach again next season.
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