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Miami at New York

Two Ginn kickoff return touchdowns help lift Dolphins over Jets

CBSSports.com wire reports

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ted Ginn Jr. was angry, his ego bruised by an embarrassing benching.

The Miami wide receiver took out his frustration on the New York Jets, returning two long kickoffs for touchdowns in the third quarter, and the Dolphins' defense held on for a 30-25 victory Sunday.

"Not being in that starting lineup hurt me deep down inside," Ginn said. "I just wanted to make plays. You don't always have to be a starter to make plays."

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Ginn certainly made that point loud and clear.

Benched in favor of rookie Brian Hartline, Ginn made all the difference on special teams by returning kickoffs of 100 and 101 yards for scores. He also became the first player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same quarter since Green Bay's Travis Williams in 1967, according to STATS LLC.

"To be who I am and to have played as many games as I have as a starter, I had to do things on the other end to keep me confident," the 2007 first-round draft pick said. "Being a pro, you understand things happen. I got my mind right."

He also helped Miami (3-4) sweep the two regular-season games against the Jets (4-4) in the teams' second meeting in 20 days.

"We're responsible for the loss," said Jets special teams ace Wallace Wright. "That killed us. If they didn't run back those two kickoffs, it's over."

Maybe so, especially when the Jets' defense shut down the Dolphins' wildcat formation and held Miami to just 104 yards of total offense compared to New York's 378.

"Sometimes things just don't make sense," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "Statistically, this game isn't going to look close."

Miami's second-ranked running attack rushed for just 52 yards, and Chad Henne was 12 of 21 for 112 yards and a late touchdown to Joey Haynos.

"They're a great team," Jets linebacker Bart Scott said sarcastically. "They'll probably contend for the Super Bowl."

It was one more shot in a tense rivalry reignited by a big heap of trash talk from both sides. It was ramped up after Jets linebacker Calvin Pace called the Dolphins' wildcat "nonsense" after Miami's 31-27 win on Oct. 12. The bad feelings were evident even before the game, when the Jets' Kerry Rhodes and a few Dolphins players got into a shoving match during warmups.

But, this time, the Dolphins had the final word on the field.

"When you have two teams that really hate each other, that's going to be your best football," Miami linebacker Joey Porter said. "I wish you could hate every team like you hate your rivals. They brought out our best football."

And, just like the last time these teams met, the game came down to the wire.

Facing a fourth-and-13 following a sack by Randy Starks with just over a minute remaining, Mark Sanchez scrambled before firing an incomplete pass over Dustin Keller and Jerricho Cotchery in the end zone to seal the loss for the Jets.

"This stings, going into the bye with a loss like this," said Sanchez, who was 20 for 35 for 265 yards and two touchdowns. "As a competitor and as an offense, we thought we were winning that game, no doubt."

They had a chance, particularly after Keller's pretty 16-yard diving touchdown catch made it 30-25 with 5:52 remaining. Sanchez connected with Wright for the 2-point conversion, but it was negated by an illegal shift. Sanchez's next attempt missed.

After New York's defense stopped Miami, the Jets had a shot to stun the Dolphins late. But Sanchez and the offense couldn't come through in the end.

"We felt we were going to be able to go in and seal the deal," Cotchery said. "Give them credit. They kept us out of the end zone."

After Jay Feely kicked a 55-yard field goal to tie a career and team mark and give New York a 6-3 lead, Miami struck back immediately with Ginn's 100-yard return.

Jason Taylor made it 17-6 with 7:32 left in the third quarter when he returned Shonn Greene's fumble 48 yards for a touchdown.

After Sanchez scored from 1 yard on a pretty play-action fake, Ginn struck again with a 101-yard return that made it 24-13.

New York came right back on Braylon Edwards' one-handed 19-yard touchdown catch with 1:35 remaining in the quarter. The 2-point conversion failed, making it 24-19.

"I've never seen a third quarter like that," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. "To win this football game and have a third quarter like that, my hat's off to that group in the locker room."


  • Ginn's 101-yard return was second in team history to Mercury Morris' 105-yarder in 1969 at Cincinnati.
  • After running for 300-plus yards in two straight games, the Jets were held to 127 -- including 102 by Thomas Jones.
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Pass: C. Henne (12-21, 112) M. Sanchez (20-35, 265)
Rush: R. Brown (11-27) T. Jones (27-102)
Rec: R. Williams (2-41) D. Keller (8-76)
Scoring Summary
FGJay Feely 23 Yd, 12:20. Drive: 11 plays, 60 yards in 4:18.
FGDan Carpenter 48 Yd, 1:55. Drive: 5 plays, 15 yards in 2:14.
FGJay Feely 55 Yd, 10:24. Drive: 7 plays, 14 yards in 3:10.
TDTed Ginn Jr., 100 Yd kick return (Dan Carpenter kick is good), 10:10.
TDJason Taylor, 48 Yd fumble return (Dan Carpenter kick is good), 7:32.
TDMark Sanchez, 1 Yd run (Jay Feely kick is good), 3:26. Drive: 5 plays, 29 yards in 2:22.
TDTed Ginn Jr., 101 Yd kick return (Dan Carpenter kick is good), 3:09.
TDBraylon Edwards, 19 Yd pass from Mark Sanchez (Mark Sanchez 2 Pt. Conversion pass to Braylon Edwards failed), 1:35. Drive: 3 plays, 74 yards in 1:34.
TDJoey Haynos, 5 Yd pass from Chad Henne (Chad Henne 2 Pt. Conversion pass to Greg Camarillo failed), 8:48. Drive: 13 plays, 67 yards in 7:47.
TDDustin Keller, 16 Yd pass from Mark Sanchez (Mark Sanchez 2 Pt. Conversion pass to Dustin Keller failed), 5:52. Drive: 6 plays, 81 yards in 2:56.
Players of the Game

B. Edwards
Rec 4
Yds 74
Avg 18.5
TD 1

T. Ginn Jr.
Rec 0
Yds 0
Avg 0.0
TD 0
C. Henne12/2111210
R. Brown0/1000
R. Brown1127013
R. Williams827011
L. Polite1303
C. Henne3-50-1
R. Williams241028
J. Haynos220115
D. Bess41806
A. Fasano216010
G. Camarillo115015
R. Brown1202
New York
M. Sanchez20/3526520
T. Jones27102011
S. Greene81807
M. Sanchez4614
J. Cotchery1101
D. Keller876116
B. Edwards474125
J. Cotchery370053
T. Jones128028
D. Clowney31609
T. Richardson1101
Complete Player Stats
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NO 35
NYG 17 Final
PHI 40
CAR 34 Final
ARI 21
JAC 13 Final
TEN 30
OAK 16 Final
SD 24
SF 14 Final
IND 18
MIN 38 Final
GB 26
STL 17 Final
DET 10
SEA 17 Final
DAL 38
CLE 6 Final
CHI 30
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