Dolphins secure playoff spot with 11-6 victory over Jets
The Miami Dolphins secured their spot in the playoffs with a dramatic 11-6 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. Jason Sanders hit a 50-yard field goal with just 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter, while the Dolphins defense sealed the win with a safety on the final play of the game. The win, combined with the New England Patriots’ loss to the Buffalo Bills, means the Dolphins will be heading to Buffalo to take on the Bills in the postseason.
The game was a defensive battle, with both teams struggling to find the end zone. The Dolphins’ offense, led by rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson, was unable to reach the end zone, with Sanders’ field goals providing all the scoring for the home team. Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle had a key play on the drive to the game-winning kick, gaining significant yards after a horse collar tackle by Jets linebacker Quincy Williams. Waddle left the field for the medical tent after the play, and his status will be worth watching as the Dolphins prepare for their first playoff game since 2016.
Despite the win, questions remain about the Dolphins’ quarterback situation, with Thompson, Tua Tagovailoa, and Teddy Bridgewater all out with injuries. Another start for Thompson will make it difficult to believe in the Dolphins’ chances of pulling off an upset against the Bills.
The Jets, meanwhile, were held to just 187 yards of offense and failed to score a touchdown in the final three games of the season. Finding a way to generate offense will be a priority for the Jets in the offseason. Rookie wideout Garrett Wilson was a bright spot for the Jets, but his contributions were limited by the presence of quarterback Joe Flacco.
The Dolphins’ defense was strong, led by a solid performance from running backs Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr., who combined for 143 yards on 27 carries. However, the Dolphins struggled on third down and were picked on by Jets rookie wideout Garrett Wilson. Despite these challenges, the Dolphins were able to come away with the win and secure their spot in the playoffs.
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