Tim Tebow was here, there and everywhere in his return to Sun Life Stadium.
The nation’s most intriguing gadget quarterback/punt protector was even put on the Kiss Cam with teammate — and former Dolphin — Clyde Gates.
Tebow didn’t give Gates a smooch, despite the best efforts of Jets receiver Chaz Schilens, who tried to push the two players together. But he did, not surprisingly, have an impact on the game.
Tebow, the former Florida Gator, converted a risky fake punt late in the first half, receiving the direct snap and running for five yards on fourth-and-3.
In his most extensive action as a Jet, Tebow split out wide as a receiver, took snaps in the Wildcat, and even lined up in the backfield, alongside starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. He also won the overtime coin toss as a team captain.
“Sometimes he was [a decoy], sometimes he wasn’t,” linebacker Karlos Dansby said.
Despite all the attention, Tebow didn’t throw a single pass and had zero yards on two carries Sunday.
The final stats might not indicate it (the Jets had 388 yards of offense), but the Dolphins’ defense played quite well, particularly in the red zone.
New York scored a touchdown on just one of its trips inside the Dolphins’ 20. The Jets even had first-and-goal from the 1, but settled for a field goal, thanks in part to a bone-rattling hit by Kevin Burnett on Shonn Greene. Greene went airborne, but Burnett met him at the highest point, knocking Green back.
“That’s something we obviously live to play, the goal-line stand,” said Jared Odrick, who combined with Olivier Vernon for the team’s lone sack. “There were just a few times we needed a better finish as a defense.”
On another Jets’ drive, Chris Clemons intercepted Mark Sanchez in the end zone.
“It was a man-to-man coverage situation,” Clemons said. “It looked like the ball was coming. Our job is to try to get the ball back.”
Sunday marked the 17th-consecutive game that Miami’s defense did not allow a 100-yard rusher, the league’s longest current streak.
This was not a game for perfectionists.
The quarterbacks combined to complete just 45.6 percent of their passes.
The game lasted exactly four hours.
And there were 20 penalties called, including 11 on the Dolphins. Of the Jets’ 21 first downs, four came courtesy of a yellow flag.
“That’s not a very good formula for success,” said Dolphins coach Joe Philbin.
This and that
• The Dolphins’ all-time record against the Jets in overtime remains winless, falling to 0-5-1.
• Dolphins inactives: OL Will Yeatman, OL Ray Feinga, DT Tony McDaniel, WR Rishard Matthews, QB Pat Devlin, TE Michael Egnew and WR Marlon Moore.
• Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis suffered a knee injury Sunday, and was taken off the field on a cart.
• With his 5 receptions Sunday, Anthony Fasano moved into a third-place tie with Keith Jackson for most receptions by a Dolphins tight end (146).
Davone Bess led the Dolphins with 5 catches for 86 yards.
• Brandon Fields averaged 58.8 yards per punt.
• Ryan Lochte and Tyson Gay were among the Florida Olympians honored at halftime of Sunday’s game.