Jets blow playoff chances in loss to Miami

Plaxico Burress and the Jets won't be in the playoffs this season.

The Jets would have had needed some lucky breaks to make it into the
playoffs. Instead, they took care of any chance they had by choking
themselves.

The Jets lost to the Dolphins, 19-17, to extinguish any hope of them making the playoffs for a third-straight year.

“Eight and eight [record] is not where we were trying to get to,” head coach Rex Ryan said. “We don’t want to be average. We know what we’re chasing. We have to come up with answers.”

As it turned out, a win wouldn’t have mattered. The Titans defeated the Texans thanks to a failed two-point conversion, using Jake Delhomme at quarterback and resting starting back Arian Foster, which would have eliminated New York regardless.

The Dolphins opened the scoring with a 44-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter with 9:31 left in the first quarter. But the Jets came back with a quick eight-play, 88-yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Keller.

After that, their offense stalled until it was almost too late.

The Jets trailed 16-10 thanks to a Charles Clay touchdown reception at the start of the fourth quarter and two more Carpenter field goals, both at least 40 yards.

Mark Sanchez had a chance to give the Jets a lead, trailing 16-10, but instead was picked off by linebacker Marvin Mitchell in the red zone. It was his third interception of the game and set up a field goal to give Miami a 19-10 lead. It was Carpenter’s fourth of the game (44, 58, 40,44).

With 2:21 left, Sanchez drove the Jets for 80 yards and a Patrick Turner touchdown catch. The following onside kick was a dud, however, bouncing straight into the hands of Brandon Marshall to effectively end the game. And the Jets season.

Jets notes

» Santonio Holmes had zero catches on the afternoon and spent the final drive of the game on the bench. He unbuckled his pads and didn’t even stand on the sidelines to watch. The Jets did not mention any injury during the game to Holmes.

Reportedly the receiver and team captain got into an argument in the huddle over something he said and was benched.

The decision was apparently made by offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, whose own job is in question. Ryan said after the game he had no idea why Holmes was replaced by Turner.

“I looked out there and wondered why he wasn’t out there myself,” Ryan said. “I didn’t bench Santonio. You’ll have to ask him.”

Holmes only said it was the coaches’ decision. But teammate LaDainian Tomlinson, who might’ve played his last game, was very candid about the situation.

“There were guys in the huddle not happy with Santonio’s demeanor throughout the game and in the two minute drill,” Tomlinson said. “And they said something to him about it.

“I’ll tell you what, it’s tough for guys to follow a captain that kind of behaves in that manner.”

ESPN reported that tackle Wayne Hunter took offense to something Holmes said and they got into a shouting match.

In the post-game press conference Holmes refused to answer whether he wanted to be with the Jets next season, walking away from the podium saying only “Thank you guys.”

» The Jets out-gained Miami 374 yards to 210 yards. The difference turned out to be on third down, though. The Dolphins were 8-of-15 on third-down conversions while the Jets were 4-of-11.

» Sanchez threw a late interception in the first half that appeared fairly unimportant with nine seconds left. Instead, the Dolphins lined up a 58-yard field goal and banged in through the uprights with plenty of room to spare as the clock expired. It was the second longest field goal ever converted against the Jets (59 yards — P. Stoyanovich, 1989; M. Prater, 2010).

» Ryan again reiterated after the game that he plans to win the Super Bowl next season: “I will always chase the Super Bowl. I believe we’ll win the Super Bowl.”

Follow Metro New York sports editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…

Local

NYPD launches Twitter account for L train

The NYPD recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to the L train and its riders. According to @NYPDLtrain, officers went underground Thursday morning to hand…

Local

Bushwick community space offers activists a place to…

A new Bushwick community space offers community activists to meet, create, learn and throw back a few cold ones. MayDay, located 214 Starr Street in Bushwick,…

Local

Activists gearing up for Sunday's "historic" People's Climate…

If all goes according to plan, more than 100,000 people will gather near Central Park West on Sunday morning and march through midtown to raise…

Movies

Kevin Smith makes peace with the Internet

I was thinking about Ain't It Cool News and Harry Knowles last night, wondering if anyone from Ain't It Cool had reviewed my new movie…

Movies

Art imitates life in 'Swim Little Fish Swim'

There's a certain comfort to be taken in finding that young artists are still moving to New York and trying to make it — and…

Movies

Review: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' is better…

Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Zero Theorem," concerns a reclusive malcontent (Christoph Waltz) struggling with the search for the meaning of life.

Music

Esperanza Spalding and a being called Emily get…

Esperanza Spalding is about to spiral off in a brand new direction that may or may include an alter ego named Emily.

NFL

Oday Aboushi ready for increased role, and to…

Oday Aboushi might feel comfortable enough to engage in some trash talk the next time he is on the field.

NFL

Giants vs. Texans: 3 things to watch

The Giants host the surprising Texans (2-0) in what may already be a must-win game for Big Blue.

NFL

Eric Decker misses practice again, could miss Monday

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker missed practice Thursday as he continues to rehab a hamstring injury suffered last Sunday.

MLB

Derek Jeter still focused on baseball as final…

Derek Jeter has effectively hid his emotions for 20 years in the Bronx.

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.

Style

3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…

Sex

Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…