The New York Jets’ playoff hopes may have went out the window, but they had no problem spoiling the Miami Dolphins postseason dreams with an impressive 20-7 win at SunLife Stadium in Week 17.
Shortly after Gang Green’s win in the regular season finale, Jets’ owner Woody Johnson announced that head coach Rex Ryan would indeed return to coach the 2014 season. Ryan’s job was reportedly on the line, but after impressive wins over the Cleveland Browns and Dolphins the past two weeks, New York rounded out the year in second place in the AFC East and improved its record to 8-8.
Rookie signal-caller Geno Smith has endured a rollercoaster campaign, but has given the Jets’ faithful reason for optimism heading into next season. Fellow rookie Dee Milliner hauled in two interceptions on Sunday, to close his first year as a pro on a high note.
After falling behind 7-0 on a five yard strike from Ryan Tannehill to Mike Wallace, the Jets responded in a big way, scoring 20 unanswered points and intercepting the Dolphins gunslinger three times on the afternoon. For the second consecutive game, Smith didn’t commit a single turnover and scored his sixth rushing touchdown of the season.
For the first time all season the Jets won back-to-back games and earned their second road victory of the year. While New York is on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, Sunday’s win over Miami marked an impressive end to an up and down 2013 campaign.