Jets knock Dolphins out of playoff contention
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Three weeks ago the Miami Dolphins beat the New England Patriots for control of their own postseason destiny with games against lesser division rivals Buffalo and the New York Jets remaining.
The Dolphins, however, lost both and will be watching the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.
After a shutout loss at Buffalo last week, the Jets put the nail in Miami's coffin on Sunday with a 20-7 victory at Sun Life Stadium.
Geno Smith engineered a pair of second-quarter touchdown drives, scoring on a 7-yard run to put the Jets ahead for good. Smith, benched in the Jets' 23-3 loss to Miami on Dec. 1., completed 17-of-27 passes for 190 yards and ran for 44 yards on 10 carries.
Bilal Powell finished with 76 yards on the ground and threw a pass out of the wildcat to set up a Nick Folk field goal that helped seal it for the Jets (8-8), who won consecutive games for the first time this season to finish at .500 for coach Rex Ryan, whose job security has been a topic of conversation all season.
Ryan Tannehill threw for 204 yards with a touchdown on 20-of-40 efficiency, but was picked off three times for Miami (8-8), which has not had a winning season since beating the Jets on the final day of the 2008 campaign for a surprising AFC East title.
12/29 16:08:48 ET