MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins dominated with their ground game, held the New York Jets' offense to one touchdown, trailed for less than 3 minutes and reached field-goal range in overtime.
And none of that was the craziest thing about their loss Sunday.
"That's the NFL," Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake said. "There's no script. It just happens."
Kicker Nick Folk received a reprieve that gave the Jets a wild win. After Folk's blocked field-goal attempt in overtime was negated by a timeout, his retry was a successful 33-yarder with 6:04 left, and the Jets beat Miami 23-20.
Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes for a 38-yard gain to set up the kick. Two plays later, Folk's attempt was blocked by Randy Starks charging up the middle, but the officials whistled the play dead just as the ball was snapped because Dolphins coach Joe Philbin had called timeout.
"I thought it was the right call," Philbin said. "I was planning all along to call timeout right before he kicked the ball. ... Typically we're going to ice the kicker."
Folk said he had a similar experience with Dallas in 2008, when a negated kick was blocked and he made the retry. He said he and his Jets teammates heard the whistle when Philbin called timeout, and his blockers eased up.
"I'd rather kick it than sit there and not kick it," Folk said. "I got another warm-up kick."
Philbin managed a sheepish grin as Folk lined up for his second attempt. The Jets kicker then made the winner.
"You never see that happen," Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. "It's a weird thing. It's one of those things where you say the odds were not in your favor today. It just wasn't meant to be."
On the previous possession, the Dolphins' Dan Carpenter was wide left on a 48-yard field-goal attempt that would have given them the victory. Carpenter also missed from 47 yards early in the fourth quarter.
"I let the team down," Carpenter said.
"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."
New York improved to 2-1, and the Dolphins dropped to 1-2.
"It's a tough game," Miami linebacker Karlos Dansby said. "We were inches away from 2-1."
The Jets' Darrelle Revis and Miami's Reggie Bush left the game with left knee injuries. Revis is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Monday.
New Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano had trouble getting his unit moving much of the day, but in the end he called the right play just enough times to beat the team that fired him as head coach last December.
"I think he's happy to get the victory for the team, not just himself," Ryan said.
Sanchez redeemed himself at the end of an erratic afternoon. His 7-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley with 3:01 left gave the Jets their first lead, 20-17.
Tannehill then moved Miami 48 yards, including 19 on a third-down pass interference penalty against Revis' replacement, Kyle Wilson. Carpenter's 41-yard field goal with 16 seconds left forced overtime.
The Dolphins outrushed the Jets 185 yards to 88 despite the loss of Bush. But the Jets' LaRon Landry scored on an 18-yard interception return.
Sanchez twice missed open receivers for potential scores, made several wild throws and had a handful of passes dropped. He finished 21 for 45 for 306 yards and two interceptions.
"It was a roller coaster, no doubt," Sanchez said. "The defense and the other players picked me up when I didn't have it. It was an ugly win."
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