Dolphins keep a running tab on Jets and rally for 16-13 victory

Miami scores 10 points in fourth quarter, including winning field goal with 1:57 left, to stay in playoff race

The Miami Dolphins found the right formula to stay in the AFC playoff race: Simply let the Jets run the ball all night, and wait for New York to make mistakes.

It worked effectively in an old-fashioned — some might say dull — slugfest.

Caleb Sturgis' third field goal, from 26 yards with 1:57 remaining, gave Miami (7-5) a comeback 16-13 victory over its archrival.

New York (2-10) rushed for 277 yards in 49 carries, but made enough key errors in the second half to lose. The Dolphins remained a factor in the wild-card race thanks to special teams, rookie Jarvis Landry's eight receptions, Lamar Miller's four-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter; and plenty of defense when the Jets needed to pass.

New York's Geno Smith threw only 13 times, fewest in an NFL game this season, for just 49 yards. The usually reliable Nick Folk missed two field-goal attempts.

All of that offset a season high on the ground as Chris Johnson had his best performance for the Jets with 105 yards.

"We had to draw a line in the dirt. No more," Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake said of his team's second-half stinginess in erasing a 10-3 halftime deficit. "We came out in the second half scheme-wise the same, but guys played the way they're supposed to play."

Sturgis also made field goals of 43 and 44 yards.

"Can't believe we're 2-10," Jets Coach Rex Ryan said, shaking his head. "It's a joke."

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