The good news is that Mark Sanchez threw for 216 yards on a rainy evening, including a 42-yard pass to Santana Holmes. The bad news is, well, the rest of what Sanchez did en route to a dismal home loss against the Miami Dolphins.
Sanchez completed 17 of his 41 pass attempts, fumbled four times, and threw an interception. While only one of the four fumbles was lost, two fumbles occurred during a key two-minute drive attempt, both following successful first-down conversions, to aid the Dolphins’ defense in shutting the Jets down and closing out the game for a win.
It’s true that Sanchez’s counterpart, Chad Henne, did not fare much better, if at all: Henne completed 5 of his 18 passes for only 55 yards. However, one of those five completions was a six-yard completion to Brandon Marshall for a touchdown, which turned out to be enough to secure a win against the Jets’ sputtering offense.
Weather conditions were not ideal: both teams battled a constant downpour of rain and winds gusting up to 20 MPH, but the temperature at the Meadowlands was unseasonably warm at 55°F at gametime.
The terrible showing against the Dolphins was Sanchez’s follow-up performance to flailing against the New England Patriots’ defense in Week 13, during which he completed for 17 of 33 pass attempts for 164 yards, three interceptions, and a pathetic QB passer rating of 27.8, juxtaposed against Patriots’ QB Tom Brady’s shellacking of the Jets’ defense, which included a 72.4 pass completion percentage, four touchdowns, and a 148.9 passer rating on the way to a 45-3 domination.
The Jets came into the game looking to keep pace with the streaking Patriots for the AFC East division lead; instead, they leave Week 14 behind looking up at the Patriots’ 12-2 record, and in the rear-view mirror at the Dolphins for a possible wild card birth.
In a controversial play, Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll was tripped by a coach on the Jets’ sideline and injured while pursuing a kickoff return near the end of the third quarter. No penalties were called, though the Jets’ coach’s involvement in the play seemed deliberate and inappropriate.