No Ryan Tannehill? No problem for Dolphins in Saturday rout of Jets

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The loss of quarterback Ryan Tannehill took the wind out of the Miami Dolphins' sails earlier this week but back-up Matt Moore kept the team's playoff hopes alive on Saturday with a 34-13 win over the New York Jets.

Moore complete 12 of 18 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns as the Dolphins improved to 9-5.

The Miami defense certainly did its part forcing three turnovers, and special teams got in on the act with a blocked punt returned for a touchdown by Walt Aikens in the third quarter.

As for New York, quarterback Bryce Petty was asked to do far too much.

The second-year player out of Baylor threw 25 passes in the first half alone and 36 for the game, completing 20 for 235 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

He was far from protected as the Dolphins got to him for three sacks and one brutal hit, where the offensive line basically stood still, that knocked him out of the game.

Ryan Fitzpatrick finished the game and went 5 of 10 passing for 31 yards and an interception.

 

PLAY OF THE GAME

Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry had a nice night with three catches for 108 yards and this 66-yard catch and run for a TD.

MVP

Saturday's game was the first in which Moore threw a touchdown since October 28, 2012, also against the Jets. 

The 32-year-old out of Oregon State also hadn't thrown four touchdowns in a single game since the 2006 Sun Bowl as a Beaver. The last Dolphins QB to throw four touchdowns against the Jets, an AFC East rival, was Dan Marino in 1994.

 

REACTION

"We all had a short week. I'm proud of these guys the way we worked this week and came out. We started slow but picked things up," Moore told NFL Network after the game.

"Jarvis' touchdown was a huge spark and nice relief right there. It shows if we keep fighting good things will happen."

 

WHAT IT MEANS

The Dolphins, now sixth in the AFC, need to keep finding ways to win as the Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans are still in position to make a push for the playoffs.

The Miami win eliminates the San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals from playoff contention.

As for the Jets, Petty is in line for a couple more starts to prove if he's the future of the franchise at the position.