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.
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."