Usually in the NFL, you don’t get second chances. Sunday in South Florida against the Dolphins, Jets kicker Nick Folk did.
Folk nailed 33-yard field goal in overtime, bailing the Jets out of a hard fought 23-20 battle with Miami at Sun Life Stadium to push their record to 2-1 on the season.
The chance for the Jets to win came after Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter missed from 48 yards in the OT period. The Jets drove from their own 38 to the Miami 15 with their second possession of the extra period.
Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes with a 38-yard pass on the second play to put the Jets in field goal range.
After two Shonn Greene carries, the Jets set up for Folk’s kick. The Dolphins blocked the attempt, but had called timeout just before the snap to give Folk a second chance and he knocked it straight through to give the Jets the win.
Sanchez redeemed himself at the end of an erratic afternoon. His 7-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley with 3:01 left to give the Jets their first lead, 20-17.
The Jets QB completed 21-of-45 passes for 306 yards with a touchdown and a pair of interceptions. Holmes finished with nine catches for 147 yards.
Ryan Tannehill threw for 196 yards on just 16-of-36 passing with a costly interception for Miami (1-2), which was coming off a 35-13 home win over Oakland last week. Daniel Thomas and Jorvorskie Lane each ran for a score for the Dolphins, who racked up 185 yards on the ground.
There was bad news for the Jets, as CB Darrelle Revis injured his left knee on a non-contact play during the third quarter.
The Jets trailed 17-13 with five plus minutes remaining and took over at their own 47. Sanchez hit Holmes for 18 yards on the first play and the two converted 3rd-and-6 with a 15-yard strike a few moments later. On 3rd-and-1 from the seven, Sanchez found Kerley in the end zone to cap the 8-play series for the go-ahead score.
The Dolphins had time and drove far enough for Carpenter’s 41-yard field goal to tie it with 16 seconds to play. Carpenter, however, also missed from 47 yards away earlier in the contest.
Sanchez twice missed open receivers for potential scores, made several wild throws and had a handful of passes dropped, but it all feels better tonight with a big win.
”We got breaks, no doubt about it,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. ”We’ll take the win. We’re not going to give it back.”