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Jets 37, Dolphins 24


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The New York Jets, likely playing their final game under coach Rex Ryan, rallied from a 10-point third-quarter deficit to upset the Miami Dolphins 37-24 on Sunday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium.

The Jets scored their season-high in points in a game that was a battle between AFC East rivals who were already out of the postseason race.

Ryan, in his sixth season as Jets coach, is expected to be fired by Monday after a disappointing 4-12 season. The Jets, who missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season, are also expected to fire general manager John Idzik.

The Dolphins (8-8), who have not made the postseason since 2008, finished with the same record as last season. However, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross announced last week that coach Joe Philbin will be retained for next season.

Jets quarterback Geno Smith, who grew up just a few minutes from Sun Life Stadium and played for Miramar High School, passed for 358 yards and three touchdowns.

Jets receiver Eric Decker caught 10 passes for 221 yards and one touchdown. The yardage was seven short of Don Maynard’s team record.

Dolphins running back Lamar Miller ran 19 times for 178 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown run that is the longest in franchise history. Miller, who needed 79 yards to go over 1,000 for the first time in his three-year career, got well past that milestone.

Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill passed for 259 yards and one touchdown. He also broke Dan Marino’s 1994 record for most completions in a season. Tannehill also joined Marino as the only passer in Dolphins history to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a season.

It’s the first time in history that the Dolphins have had a 4,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season.

The Jets were leading 27-24 with 4:19 left in the game when they successfully ran a fake punt and got a 38-yard completion from punter Ryan Quigley to third-string tight end Zach Sudfeld.

That led to a 23-yard TD pass from Smith to tight end Jeff Cumberland, giving New York a 34-24 lead and putting the game away.

NOTES: Jets DT Sheldon Richardson (head injury) did not play the second half. … Jets S Jaiquawn Jarrett (shoulder) sat out and was replaced by Dawan Landry. … Jets WR Percy Harvin (ribs, ankle) was replaced by Jeremy Kerley. … C Nick Mangold (ankle), who sat out, is the Jets’ lone Pro Bowl selection. The only player in Jets history with more than Mangold’s six selections was OT Winston Hill, who was named to eight AFL-NFL All-Star teams in the 1960s and 1970s. … C Dalton Freeman replaced Mangold. … The Jets voted DT Sheldon Richardson as their MVP. … For the Dolphins, DE Cameron Wake was named to his fourth Pro Bowl, including his third in a row. CB Brent Grimes was named to his third Pro Bowl, including his second in a row. … QB Ryan Tannehill was named the Dolphins’ MVP. … Dolphins RT Jason Fox made his second straight start over Dallas Thomas (foot).

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