It's a long walk from the New York Jets' 1-yard line to the Miami Dolphins' locker room.

That gave the Dolphins plenty of time to think about their squandered scoring chance. Trailing 13-0, they had marched 79 yards but were stopped just short of the Jets' goal as time expired in Sunday's first half."Pretty devastating," receiver Jim Jensen said.

But the Dolphins regrouped, scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half and edged the Jets 20-16.

"It was a heck of a comeback after the disappointment of not getting it in at the end of the first half," Miami coach Don Shula said.

Miami improved to 4-1, itsbest start since 1985 - the last year it made the playoffs. New York is 2-3.

"It was a game we let slip away," Jets quarterback Ken O'Brien said.

After Miami tied the game at 13, New York again went ahead on Pat Leahy's 30-yard field goal with 6:34 left. The Dolphins then mounted a 14-play, 80-yard touchdown march, with quarterback Dan Marino converting four third-down situations along the way.

The winning score came on third-and-8 at the Jets 13-yard line, with Mark Duper beating rookie cornerback Tony Stargell over the middle to catch a Marino pass at the goal line.