As many football fans know Miami-New York is always a tense affair.
Games are close to the final whistle and often times there are a lot of unexpected fireworks.
Pigskin fans in Cayman witnessed all sorts of excitement Monday Night as the NFL’s Miami Dolphins took out the Jets 31-27 in dramatic fashion.
The win puts Miami firmly in the AFC East division race at 2-3 while the Jets fall back from the clouds at 3-2 and into a tie with New England.
The fourth quarter alone saw five touchdowns and the lead change hands a couple of times and ended with a stunning touchdown run by the game’s star Ronnie Brown.
Brown did it all for Miami, nabbing 74 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and 21 yards through the air via the wildcat.
For all the hoopla surrounding the Jets going into the game on how good they are on both sides of the ball, the final stats showed they were thoroughly outplayed.
The vaunted Jets defense was taken by the Dolphins’ 413 yards of total offense, including 240 yards through the air.
On the ground New York did not fair much better as Miami had a 151-138 edge in rushing yards.
Looking on the Jets never really put distance between themselves and the Dolphins. New York had a prime opportunity to take a sizable lead into half-time but only ended up with two field goals while Miami failed to score.
Eventually its defense folded after being pounded by the two-headed monster of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams all game. That unit got worn out and burned for three touchdowns in the final quarter.
In many ways this game was a wake-up call. The Jets are still a work-in-progress in spite of Mark Sanchez, Braylon Edwards and Darrelle Revis.
Meanwhile Miami are not totally removed from last season’s winning ways as the wildcat can take them a long way in today’s league.