MIAMI -- This is how the Miami Dolphins' 2013 season ended:
With Geno Smith outplaying Ryan Tannehill, with Miami's defense helpless against the Jets' running game, and with Brian Hartline out with a seemingly significant knee injury.
The Dolphins laid an egg for the second straight game, losing to the Jets 20-7 and ending any playoff hopes. They fell to 8-8 and into a tie with New York for second in the AFC East.
Tannehill threw three second-half interceptions and the Dolphins didn't score in the game's final 41:56. Smith, meanwhile, played mistake-free football, which was enough on this day.
After a sluggish and scoreless first quarter, the Dolphins got on the board with one of their most impressive drives of the season.
They went 89 yards on 14 plays, capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to Mike Wallace. The Jets brought heavy pressure on third-and-goal, but Wallace scorched corner Dee Milliner and Tannehill got the ball out of his hands before the blitz arrived.
The drive came with a cost, however. Brian Hartline was lost for the day after injuring his knee on a 25-yard catch. In a touch of sad irony, the reception put Hartline over 1,000 yards on the season, becoming just the fourth Dolphins player to eclipse that benchmark in back-to-back seasons.
The Jets' offense woke up late in the first quarter, as Smith settled down and churned out first downs with his arm and legs. That set up first-and-goal from the 1, when defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson lined up at fullback. He got the carry and plunged into the end zone, Refrigerator Perry-style.
Then late in the half, the Jets carved up the Dolphins' defense again. Smith connected with David Nelson on a 31-yard pass, then did the rest himself. Smith rumbled into the end zone on a third-down draw, running through Dannell Ellerbe in the process.
The Dolphins' offense was no better early in the second half. Faced with fourth-and-inches near midfield, Charles Clay got the carry -- and didn't even reach the line of scrimmage.
Then on the next drive, Wallace had a would-be touchdown in his hands, but let it slip away. On the ensuing drive, Tannehill was intercepted by Milliner deep in New York territory.
The Jets were poised to make it a two-score game, as Nick Folk was presented with a 36-yard field goal that's usually a gimme. But he pushed it right, keeping the lead 7 points.
But the Dolphins could do nothing offensively on their next drive, and the next time they'd get the ball, their fate had been decided.
Folk boomed through a 35-yard field goal, and Ed Reed picked off Tannehill on the ensuing drive, ending the game.
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