Jets WR Santonio Holmes vs. Dolphins CB Richard Marshall
Who won: Jets
The impact: In his last visit to Sun Life, Holmes got benched during the Dolphins’ season-ending upset of the Jets after a fight in the Jets huddle. This time, Holmes caught nine passes for 147 yards and set up the game-winning field goal with a 38-yard catch up the left sideline. Marshall, who had an interception covering former Dolphin Clyde Gates, played the role of victimized cornerback to Holmes overtime catch and was often burned when he covered Holmes one-on-one. Holmes also made a 15-yard catch on third-and-six from the Dolphins 31 that kept the Jets lone touchdown drive alive.
Dolphins PK Dan Carpenter vs. the uprights at Sun Life Stadium
Who won: the uprights
The impact: The uprights get the decision because they had the last laugh. Carpenter’s four field goal attempts all got kicked toward the east uprights. A 21-yard chip shot in the second quarter proved no problem. With the Dolphins up 17-13 and 10:48 left in regulation, he sent a 47-yarder wide left. But Carpenter came back to nail a 41-yarder with 16 seconds left to send the game to overtime. The overtime kick, from 48 yards, missed left as well. Carpenter said both were sort of “knuckling, I guess. … I let the team down.”
Dolphins running game vs. Jets run defense
Who won: Dolphins
The impact: The Dolphins ran for 185 yards on a defense that prides itself on stopping the run. On their first possession, the Dolphins marched 47 yards in eight plays to a touchdown; six runs for 35 yards and two passes for 12 yards. They went up 17-10 on a drive that got going on a 22-yard burst by Lamar Miller. That drive ended with Jorvorskie Lane’s 1-yard touchdown. The running game opened offensive options and, especially in the first half, they kept the Jets offense out of rhythm on the sideline. Reggie Bush finished with 61 yards on 10 carries before leaving the game with an injured knee.