Jets lead Dolphins 17-6
Darrelle Revis ran an interception 100 yards for a touchdown Monday night, helping the New York Jets lead the Miami Dolphins 17-6 after three quarters.
Revis made the longest interception runback in the league this season.
New York's anemic offense finally woke up late in the second quarter, leading to Mark Sanchez's 5-yard TD run on a quarterback draw with 1:14 to go in the second period to set the halftime score.
Then the Jets marched 79 yards in 13 plays in the third period to Nick Folk's 28-yard field goal for a 17-6 lead. They took up nearly half the quarter on that drive, with Sanchez completing consecutive 24-yard passes to Dustin Keller and Joe McKnight.
That was in stark contrast to the early going. It took the Jets until 6:17 remained in the half to get their initial first down. They were outgained 203 yards to 34 at that point. But they were in front thanks to Revis, and added to the lead with an 81-yard drive.
Sanchez hit Keller for 27 yards and Santonio Holmes for 20 on that series, which he capped himself with a third-down surge into the end zone.
In the first quarter, Matt Moore, playing quarterback with Chad Henne gone for the season after shoulder surgery, threw outside to Brandon Marshall. But the receiver had cut inside, and Revis easily caught the errant pass, then took off the length of the field.
Reggie Bush, who left in the third quarter with his right arm hanging at his side - it was announced as a neck injury - gave Miami a quick start by sprinting around the right side for 36 yards on the Dolphins' first play from scrimmage, but the drive stalled when Moore threw incomplete on third-and-1. Rather than go for it, Miami chose to punt and Brandon Fields' kick was downed at the 2.
When the Jets sputtered on offense for most of the opening half - they had 11 three-and-outs in 15 series over two games before the long drive the Dolphins took over at the New York 47. A 20-yard completion to Marshall, who had yet to make good on his promise to get ejected from the game, got the ball to the 10, where the Jets held.
Dan Carpenter's 23-yard field goal put Miami on top 3-0, and the Dolphins had the ball back seconds later when a bouncing kickoff ricocheted off blocker Garrett McIntyre to Miami's Austin Spitler at the Jets 18.
That's when the All-Pro Revis picked off Moore's pass and weaved through the Dolphins without being touched to tie the longest interception runback in Jets history. Aaron Glenn went 100 yards against Miami in 1996.
Miami responded with a 46-yard completion to Marshall as cornerback Antonio Cromartie lost coverage, and was at the New York 4 when the quarter ended.
Again, the Dolphins stalled and Carpenter kicked a 23-yard field goal, making it 7-6.
Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith limped off dragging his right leg late in the third quarter. The Dolphins said he had cramps.