Wildcat helps Dolphins shoot down Jets

When the wildcat delivered a big play for the Miami Dolphins, coach Tony Sparano skipped along the sideline with glee, reached back and threw a roundhouse punch.

New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards can’t hold on to the ball as Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen pushes. Allen was charged with pass interference.

New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards can’t hold on to the ball as Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen pushes. Allen was charged with pass interference.

Dolphins 31 Jets 27

MIAMI — When the wildcat delivered a big play for the Miami Dolphins, coach Tony Sparano skipped along the sideline with glee, reached back and threw a roundhouse punch.

That was just in the first quarter. The knockout came much later, again with the wildcat.

Running back Ronnie Brown took the snap with 10 seconds left and scored on a two-yard keeper for the fifth lead change of the final period, giving Miami a wild 31-27 victory over the New York Jets.

Newcomer Braylon Edwards provided a big boost for the Jets, and two fake punts fooled the Dolphins. But Miami gained 110 yards with the wildcat, which was instrumental in three touchdown drives, including the last one.

“Like anything else, if you execute, good things will happen,” Brown said.

Jets coach Rex Ryan was annoyed the wildcat kept working.

“I used to see all those gimmicks when I was coaching back in college,” Ryan said. “I’ve been a part of some bad performances before on defence, just not this bad.”

The Dolphins started from their own 30-yard line with 5:05 left, trailing 27-24, and mounted a 13-play drive for the winning score. The march included four wildcat plays for 25 yards, the last on third down at the two-yard line.

“We were in the huddle and said, ‘We’ve got to score a touchdown. No settling for field goals. We’ve got to finish the game,”’ Brown said.

He ran up the middle, found a seam and crossed the goal-line with six seconds to go.

The resilient Dolphins (2-3) came from behind three times in the fourth quarter, and they’re back in the AFC East race after losing their first three games. The Jets (3-2) have lost two straight and fell into a tie with New England for first place.

The game became a shootout reminiscent of the Dolphins’ Dan Marino days, and filling that role just fine was Chad Henne.

In only his second NFL start, Henne completed 20 of 26 for 241 yards and two touchdowns. He threw deep to Ted Ginn Jr. for a 53-yard score to give Miami a 24-20 lead with 10:10 left.

“We made him look like Dan Marino,” Jets linebacker Calvin Pace said. “They did what they want, and they did it at will.”

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