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Dolphins–Jets rivalry

Miami Dolphins
New York Jets
First meeting September 9, 1966
NYJ 19, MIA 14
Latest meeting October 4, 2015 New York Jets 27, Miami Dolphins 14
Next meeting November 29, 2015 @ MetLife Stadium
Meetings total 100 meetings[1]
All-time series NYJ leads 52–46–1[1]
Postseason results

MIA leads 1–0[1]

Most recent
January 23, 1983
MIA 14, NYJ 0
Largest victory MIA 43, NYJ 0 (1975)
Current streak NYJ 2 win streak (2014–present)
Playoff and Championship Success

Super Bowl Championships (3)

Super Bowl Appearances (6)

AFC East Divisional Championships (16) (1970–present)

AFL/AFC Championship Appearances (12)

AFC Wild Card Berths (17) (1970–present)

1: New York has never won the AFC Championship

²: Players' strike in 1982 shortened the season; the Dolphins had the best record in AFC East, though divisional standings were ignored.

The Dolphins–Jets rivalry is a rivalry between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets in the National Football League. The teams both play in the American Football Conference East Division, and play two scheduled games each season as a result. They have often competed for divisional supremacy, and have played a number of classic games. Currently, the Jets lead the series 51–46–1, while the Dolphins have won the lone postseason meeting, defeating the Jets in the 1982 AFC Championship.


  • History 1
    • 1960s and 1970s 1.1
    • 1980s 1.2
    • 1990s 1.3
    • 2000s 1.4
    • 2010s 1.5
  • Game results 2
    • 1960s (AFL, Jets 8–0) 2.1
    • 1970s (Dolphins 14–6) 2.2
    • 1980s (Dolphins 11–9–1) 2.3
    • 1990s (Tied 10–10) 2.4
    • 2000s (Jets 13–7) 2.5
    • 2010s (NYJ Leads 6–5) 2.6
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The Jets and Dolphins were established in 1960 and 1966 respectively; both as members of the American Football League. After the AFL–NFL merger in 1970 the Dolphins and the Jets were placed in the AFC East, guaranteeing that they would meet twice a year annually. The rivalry has stayed intense through the years as both teams are always competitive against one another no matter what the standings indicate. The rivalry also keeps a high intensity because of the large amount of transplanted New York Jets fans that retire to South Florida.

Prior to the New England Patriots rise to dominance in the early 2000s, the Jets and Dolphins regularly contested for the AFC East title (along with the Buffalo Bills in the late 1980s and early 1990s). Upon the Dolphins' joining of the AFL in 1966, the Jets were laying the seeds for their 1968 Super Bowl III victory. After the Jets Super Bowl victory in 1968, the Dolphins began their ascension to the top of the NFL, culminating back-to-back Super Bowl wins in 1972 and 1973. The 1972 season also saw Miami finish with a 17–0 record; the only NFL team to finish the regular season and post-season without a loss or tie.

1960s and 1970s

When the Dolphins joined the AFL in 1966, the Jets were ascending the ranks of the AFL powerhouses on the arm of quarterback Joe Namath. The Jets won the first eight contests against the Dolphins beginning with the very first meeting, a 19-14 Jets win in Miami's second game of the Dolphins' existence.

When the Dolphins finally posted their first winning record in 1970, injuries plagued Namath and the Jets stumbled to a 4–10 record. Due to Namath's inability to consistently stay healthy, the Jets never posted a record above .500 in the 1970s (they finished 7–7 in 1972 and 1974, then 8–8 in 1978 and 1979). Meanwhile, the Dolphins quickly surged to the NFL's elite after the AFL–NFL merger, peaking with the only undefeated season in NFL History (New England later had an undefeated regular season, but failed to win the Super Bowl) 1972 and back-to-back Super Bowl wins in Super Bowls VII and VIII.


The 1978 season began a string of Jets success against the Dolphins that ran into the early 1980s. Entering the 1980 season, the Dolphins were aiming toward another playoff run, while the Jets were struggling. The Jets won a total of only four games. Two of those games were wins over Miami: 17–14 in New York on October 27, and 24–17 in Miami on December 20. Miami went on to finish with an 8–8 record, but it was the season sweep by the Jets that largely cost them their chances of a playoff berth.

The mid-1980s saw both teams become simultaneously competitive for the first time, beginning with a battle for the AFC East in 1981. That season also saw the only tie in the series, a 28–28 stalemate in Miami. The game lead tied or changed on every score; in the first half Jet leads of 7–0 and 14–7 were answered by Miami touchdowns. Miami took a 21–14 lead in the third but in the fourth touchdowns by Wesley Walker and a Richard Todd pass to Bobby Jones offset a Don Strock touchdown to Nat Moore. In overtime neither team could advance the ball, ending the game deadlocked. Todd finished with 310 passing yards and four touchdowns to Strock's 279 yards and two scores.

The tie became crucial in the final standings; had the Jets won the game, combined with their 16–15 home victory during the season, they would've clinched the division on a tiebreaker. Instead, Miami won the division by one game. Still, the Jets' 10–5–1 record allowed them to clinch their first postseason berth in twelve seasons. but they lost to the Bills in the Wild Card round, 31–27, while Miami lost a 41-38 overtime epic to the Chargers.

With the conclusion of the 1981 season the Jets had won seven of the previous eight meetings with the Dolphins with the one tie. Miami, however, returned to the rivalry's fore in 1982, a season that saw the apex of the rivalry, coming in the 1982 AFC Championship on January 23, 1983, more appropriately known as "The Mud Bowl." After the Dolphins swept the Jets during the strike-shortened regular season (winning 45–28 in New York and 20–19 in Miami, the two teams met again, this time with a trip to Super Bowl XVII on the line. The tarp was left off the field of the Orange Bowl during a 72-hour rainstorm leading up to the game, which resulted in a sloppy field covered in mud which kept both teams scoreless in the first half. The game was a classic defensive battle that featured ten turnovers, eight of them on quarterback interceptions. The star of the game was Dolphins linebacker A.J. Duhe who picked off Jets quarterback Richard Todd three times, returning one 35 yards for a touchdown to help seal the 14–0 win and send the Dolphins to Super Bowl XVII. To this day, former Jets coach Walt Michaels believes that Miami coach Don Shula ordered to keep the tarp off the field, to neutralize New York's superior team speed.

In 1985 the Jets beat the Dolphins at Giants Stadium, 23–7, on Monday Night Football on October 14; three Jets backs led by Freeman McNeil rushed for 245 yards; the win was the Jets' fifth straight after an opening-week shutout by the Raiders. On November 10, 1985, Mark "Super" Duper set a Dolphins single game record with 217 receiving yards and helped catapult Miami to victory. Down 17–14 with less than a minute to play, Dan Marino fired a 50-yard touchdown pass to Duper for the 21–17 win. It was Marino's third touchdown of the game and Duper's second.

Two of the most memorable contests between the teams occurred in 1986. On September 21, Jets quarterback Ken O'Brien and Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino put on a legendary offensive performance. The two quarterbacks combined set NFL single game records of 884 net passing yards and ten touchdown passes, records that still stand to this day. Dan Marino completed 30 of 50 passes for 448 yards and six touchdown passes. Mark Duper and Mark Clayton had big games, each having over 100 yards receiving (Duper with 154, Clayton with 174). O'Brien threw for 479 yards and four touchdown passes all to wide receiver Wesley Walker, including one with no time left on the clock to force overtime, and then the game clincher in overtime for the win, 51–45. To this day, it is the highest scoring game between the teams (96 total points). The win propelled the Jets to a team-record nine-game winning streak, and an NFL-leading 10–1 record, when the teams met again on November 24 on Monday Night Football. However, Marino and the Dolphins got revenge with a blowout win at home. Dan Marino completed 29 of 36 passes for 288 yards and four touchdown passes, while Dolphins running back Lorenzo Hampton rushed for 148 yards on 19 carries and two scores, one being a 50-yard touchdown run. As for the Jets, they could only manage three points, as the Dolphins defeated the Jets 45–3. The game also reflected a swift change in momentum for the Jets, who lost their final five games of 1986 to finish with a 10–6 record, but managed to still back into a playoff berth. They eventually fell to the Cleveland Browns in a double-overtime Divisional round loss.

Dan Marino made history in 1988; on October 23 he joined a very elite club, becoming one of the few quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 500 yards, completing 35 of 60 passes for a career high 521 yards. However, he also threw five interceptions; three of them were to rookie Jets cornerback Erik McMillan, who returned one of them 55 yards for a touchdown. The Jets were ahead the entire game, including 30–10 at halftime, and despite a Dolphins rally (scoring three touchdowns but missing the PAT on one of them) the Jets won 44–30. The game, however, was overshadowed in the Jets locker room, for days earlier defensive end Mark Gastineau announced he was retiring from football to be with his girlfriend Brigitte Nielsen, who claimed to be suffering cancer in the uterus.

In the rematch on November 27 the Dolphins fell behind 24–14 at the half but Marino (353 passing yards) exploded in the third quarter with two touchdowns to Mark Clayton (marred by a missed PAT) and an 80-yard score to Ferrell Edmunds for a 34–24 Miami lead. Pat Ryan had started the game for the Jets, throwing for 341 yards and two touchdowns, but in the fourth quarter Ken O'Brien came in and wiped out Miami's lead with scores to Mickey Shuler and Wesley Walker and a 38–34 Jets win.

The two teams met in yet another high-scoring affair on September 24, 1989 in Miami, the Jets looking for their first win at 0–2 while Miami was 1–1. Throwing for 427 yards and three touchdowns, Dan Marino raced the Dolphins to a 30–19 lead after three quarters, but again Ken O'Brien whipped the Jets to the win with two touchdown passes and a Johnny Hector rushing score in the fourth, ending a 40–33 Jets win. The Jets, however, lost five of their next six games when they hosted the 5–4 Dolphins on November 12. This time it was Marino leading a comeback; down 20–3 in the second quarter, Marino erupted with three touchdown passes while Sammie Smith added a two-yard rushing score and the Dolphins defense limited the Jets to one fourth-quarter field goal and a 31–23 Miami win.


The teams met in the season finale on December 22, 1991 a winner-take-all game for the final wild card spot in the playoffs. It was a seesaw battle, and the Dolphins took the lead 20–17 with 44 seconds remaining. When the Jets got the ball back, they drove down the field and tied the game to force overtime on Raul Allegre's 44-yard field goal. Allegre came through for the Jets once again in OT with a 30-yard field goal, sending the Jets to the playoffs, and sending the Dolphins home.

In 1994, the Jets found themselves one game back of the Dolphins for the AFC East division lead heading into their November 27 match at the Meadowlands. In a game with first place on the line, the Jets held a 24–6 lead, outplaying the Dolphins for three quarters. However, Marino led the Dolphins back with two touchdowns, cutting the score to 24–21. Marino got the ball one last time and drove the Dolphins down the field to within the Jets' five-yard line. With thirty seconds left, and the clock continuing to wind down, Marino motioned that he was going to spike the ball to stop the clock and send out the field goal unit to tie the game. Instead, Marino took the snap from center and fired the ball in the corner of the end zone past Aaron Glenn to Mark Ingram. It was Ingram's fourth touchdown catch of the game, which tied a club record with former Dolphins wide receiver Paul Warfield. The touchdown gave the Dolphins a 28–24 victory, and Miami went on to win the division. The Jets went into a spiral after that play, losing all of their remaining games. Indeed, the game marked the beginning of a period of ignominy for the Jets as they compiled a record of 4–33 from that game to the end of the 1996 season.

One of the more bitter losses for the Jets in 1996 was at Miami in Week 3. The Dolphins clawed to the Jets 5-yard line and tried for the touchdown on 4th and goal, but Aaron Glenn picked off the pass in the end zone and ran 100 yards for the touchdown. Later Neil O'Donnell connected with ex-Oiler Webster Slaughter on a 35-yard score, but after this score Marino went 74 yards to Stanley Pritchett for the touchdown. After Karim Abdul-Jabbar tied the score the Dolphins took over, scoring two touchdowns marred by a missed Joe Nedney PAT and a botched 2-point try. The Jets despite being down 33–14 in the fourth kept fighting as Jeff Graham caught a long touchdown pass; later the Jets forced a Dolphins fumble but were pinned 4th and goal at the 29; O'Donnell threw deep and Keyshawn Johnson out-jumped the entire Dolphins defense to catch the touchdown. But the Dolphins iced it on a Nedney field goal for a 36–27 final. O'Donnell finished with 325 passing yards and three touchdowns.

After 1996, the Jets made several changes to turn things around, the most significant of which was the hiring of Bill Parcells from the Patriots. The turnaround was immediate; when the Jets hosted the Dolphins on October 12 they were 4-2 with the Dolphins 3–2. Marino led the Dolphins to a 31–20 win. On November 9 at Miami Glenn Foley had replaced starter Neil O'Donnell under center for New York; he threw for 322 yards, a touchdown, and a pick in a 24–17 Dolphins win. The two teams finished the season both 9–7 while New England won the division at 10–6; the Dolphins won the divisional tiebreaker being 4–4 in division games and the Jets 2–6 and thus earned the last wildcard playoff spot.

By 1998 the Jets were a serious division contender. Both teams were 9–4 on December 13, 1998 when they met on Sunday Night Football with the division lead, and possibly the division title, on the line. The Jets led 14-10 when Jets defender Chad Cascadden picked up a Marino fumble and returned it for a touchdown with just under two minutes to play to put the Jets ahead, 21–10. The Dolphins were able to score a quick touchdown to come close, but it was not enough, and the Jets won, 21–16, and they went on to win their first post-merger division title the following Saturday at Buffalo. The Dolphins made the playoffs as the fourth seed and hosted the Bills in the Wildcard round; they defeated the Bills 24–17 before falling at Denver 38–3. The Jets defeated the AFC Central champion Jaguars, 34–24, but fell to Denver in the AFC Championship Game.

The teams' 1999 season marked Marino's last against the Jets. On December 12 at Giants Stadium the 8–4 Dolphins fell to the 4–8 Jets, 28–20; Marino was intercepted twice and benched for Damon Huard. Two weeks later on December 27 the Dolphins, now 9–5, hosted the 6–8 Jets on Monday Night Football; it was the last Monday Night appearance in Marino's career. He faced young quarterback Ray Lucas, who with Rick Mirer had replaced an injured Vinny Testaverde early in the season. The Dolphins were trying to clinch a playoff spot, while the Jets, who started their season 1–6, had won five out of their last seven. The Jets did not make it easy for the Dolphins. Lucas completed 11 of 23 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns.[2] Marino put on one of his last great performances, completing 29 of 52 passes for 322 yards and three touchdown passes, but also three interceptions.[2] It was the last of Marino's NFL regular season record 63 career games with 300 yards passing. The Jets came away with a 38–31 victory, with two long Lucas touchdowns sealing the game.[2] The Jets finished the season 8–8 (including a season sweep of Miami), while the Dolphins finished the season 9–7 and made it to the second round of the playoffs; after defeating the Seattle Seahawks, 20–17, they lost handily to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 62–7.

Marino retired six weeks later; he compiled a 17–13 record against the Jets and 72 touchdown throws, the most for Marino against any opponent.[3]


The Jets and Dolphins started the 2000 season 5–1 when they met on Monday Night Football on October 23, 2000, to determine control of the AFC East. What looked to be an exciting match between two of the top teams in the NFL at the time was anything but for the first three quarters. The Dolphins held a 23–7 lead at halftime that grew to 30–7 at the end of the third quarter. Vinny Testaverde threw three interceptions, running back Curtis Martin was limited to 30 yards on the ground, and the Jets offense could only manage two first downs in the first half. Meanwhile, running back Lamar Smith scored two touchdowns for the Dolphins on his way to 155 rushing yards for the night. So great was the 23-point advantage that Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler was heard on the sidelines telling defensive end Jason Taylor, "They ain't coming back on us!" to which Taylor replied, "Hell no! You kidding? C'mon now."

However, the Jets looked to prove that statement wrong. Touchdowns from Testaverde to Laveranues Coles and Jermaine Wiggins cut the lead to 30–20. After a field goal by John Hall, Testaverde fired a touchdown pass to Wayne Chrebet to tie the game at 30 with 3:55 left. Fans who had left the stadium when the game looked to be a rout suddenly piled back in wanting to see the Jets' comeback. Still, it took only two plays for Miami to respond. Fiedler aired a long touchdown pass to Leslie Shepherd to retake the lead, 37–30, seemingly crushing the Jets' hopes. Nonetheless, Testaverde marched the Jets down field and, with 42 seconds left, found eligible offensive tackle Jumbo Elliott on a three-yard touchdown (which Elliott memorably bobbled as he fell to the ground) to tie the game at 37 and sent it to overtime. In the fourth quarter, Testaverde was 18 for 26 for 235 yards and four touchdowns, and the offense converted twenty first downs in the quarter, after managing just five beforehand.

In overtime, Fiedler was intercepted for the third time, setting up the dramatic finish. At 1:08 AM EDT, Hall nailed a 40-yard field goal to win the game for the Jets, 40–37. The game came to be known in National Football League lore as The Monday Night Miracle. When Monday Night Football celebrated its 500th telecast on November 11, 2002, fans picked the game as the greatest in the series' history.[4] It was also the largest comeback from a fourth quarter deficit in NFL history. Despite the win, and a subsequent victory later in the season in Miami, the Jets missed the playoffs losing six of their final nine games and their last three. Miami clinched the division with a win over New England on the last day of the season.

The Jets extended their winning streak over the Dolphins to eight with another season sweep, this time in 2001. On October 14 at The Meadowlands the Jets erased a 17–0 Dolphins lead with three unanswered touchdowns and a 21–17 win; on November 18 at Miami Jay Fiedler was intercepted three times and the Jets shut out the Dolphins, 24–0. Both teams made the playoffs but were eliminated (the Jets by Oakland, the Dolphins by Baltimore) on Wild Card weekend.

2002 was the tightest AFC East race in the division's history. Miami ended their losing streak to the Jets with a 30–3 rout at Miami on September 22; the next week the Jets finally benched Vinny Testaverde early in a loss to the Jaguars and Chad Pennington took over under center; when the Jets hosted Miami on November 10 Pennington led the Jets to a 13–10 win; Ray Lucas started for the Dolphins but a late rally failed.

The Jets, Dolphins, and Patriots entered the final week of the season all with a chance to win the AFC East; the Dolphins had a 9–6 record, while the Patriots and Jets were 8–7. The Dolphins and Patriots met in Foxborough in what was essentially an elimination game, while the Jets played the Green Bay Packers later in the afternoon. The Dolphins simply needed to win the game to win the division, while the Jets needed a Patriots victory coupled with their own. The Patriots came back from an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to force overtime, and won on an Adam Vinatieri field goal. News of the Patriots' victory sent the crowd at the Meadowlands into celebration. The Jets, meanwhile, played a close first half with Green Bay before opening the game up in the second half for a 42–17 victory and the AFC East championship.

The 2003 season for both teams wound up without playoff implications nor division title on the line as both teams were left in the division dust by the Patriots as they swept both teams en route to a 14–2 record. On September 14 the Jets hosted the Dolphins and Miami raced to a 21–10 win; the Jets were without quarterback Chad Pennington as he was sidelined with a shoulder injury incurred during preseason. In the season finale on December 28 Miami took the early lead with a pair of Olindo Mare field goals and a Ricky Williams touchdown run to make the score 13–0. Jets running back Curtis Martin then scored a touchdown of his own to narrow the margin to 13–7. Miami quarterback Jay Fiedler, who threw for 328 yards in this game, hit wide receiver Chris Chambers in the end zone for a touchdown grab. Chambers hauled in 9 catches for 153 yards and a touchdown. A Jets field goal later and the score was 20–10 at halftime. Jets quarterback Chad Pennington did not give up however. In the third quarter, the Jets hit another field goal, and even got a safety to narrow the margin to 20–15. Pennington, who was 22 for 28 for 221 yards and one touchdown, hit his tight end Anthony Becht for a one-yard touchdown to grab their first lead of the game, 21–20, with less than nine minutes to go. The Dolphins however got the ball one last time and drove down the field. With three seconds left on the clock, the Dolphins relied on their kicker Olindo Mare, who nailed an ugly 22-yard field goal to seal the win, 23–21, and the season for the Dolphins and Jets.

Both games in 2006 were tight contests that came down to the wire. The season was surprising for both teams; the Dolphins were considered a serious playoff contender in the preseason,[5] but stumbled to a 6–10 record, while the Jets were considered to be in a rebuilding stage, yet managed to go 10–6 and reach the playoffs. On October 15, 2006, the Jets opened up a 20–3 lead with less than 13 minutes to play at home. Miami didn't give up, though, as touchdowns by Chambers and Ronnie Brown cut the margin to three. The Dolphins got the ball one last time and got in field goal range for kicker Olindo Mare to attempt a 51-yard field goal with 33 seconds left to tie the game. Mare kicked it, but it was short and wide right and the Jets held on to win, 20–17.

The teams met again on Christmas night that season. The Dolphins came into the game 6–8 and out of playoff contention. The Jets were 8–6 and in the position to clinch a playoff berth with victories in their final two games. A rainy field kept both offenses quiet for most of the night. All of the scoring happened in the final 17:25 of the game. Miami hit a game-tying field goal with 2:09 remaining to make the score 10–10. However, Chad Pennington threw a short pass to Leon Washington, which he turned into a 64-yard gain. Four plays later, Jets kicker Mike Nugent hit a 30-yard field goal with 10 seconds left to give the Jets a 13–10 win.

On August 7, 2008 the Jets acquired quarterback Brett Favre from the Packers.[6] Favre's acquisition made Chad Pennington expendable, and he was subsequently released from the team.[7] Pennington immediately signed with the Dolphins and became their starting quarterback.[8] Favre made his debut for the Jets against Pennington and the Dolphins in Miami on September 7. Favre threw two touchdown passes for the Jets, while Pennington attempted to rally the Dolphins in the fourth quarter, reaching the Jets' red zone with under a minute to play, before throwing an interception in the end zone to end a 20–14 Jets win.[9] The teams met again in the season finale at the Meadowlands with the division title at stake in what was essentially an elimination game. Pennington out-dueled Favre (who threw 3 costly interceptions) in leading his Dolphins to a 24–17 win and the team's first AFC East crown since 2000. The loss led the Jets to fire coach Eric Mangini.

The Dolphins in 2009 authored their first sweep of the Jets since 2003, winning 31–27 in Miami and 30–25 in The Meadowlands; in the latter game Ted Ginn Jr., who'd been demoted to special teams weeks earlier, ran back two kick-returns for touchdowns, accounting for 201 of Miami's 299 return yards. Both wins came with a heavy reliance on the power-running Wildcat formation—notable because new Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who panned the formation in post-match interviews, then used the formation to re-ignite his team's playoff run. The wins came as the Dolphins were bringing in Miami-area celebrities as part-owners of the club; among them were tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, producer Emilio Estefan and his pop-star wife Gloria, and actress-singer Jennifer Lopez.


On January 30, 2010, Ryan flashed an obscene gesture towards heckling Dolphins fans during a Strikeforce mixed martial arts event at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Ryan has apologized for his actions, stating that it was "stupid and inappropriate."[10] Ryan was fined $50,000 by the Jets for his actions.[11]

On April 20, 2010, longtime Dolphin Jason Taylor signed with the Jets. Taylor was known for making derogatory comments about the Jets during his tenure in Miami.[12]

On December 12, 2010, strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi was caught by CBS Sports cameras as he tripped Dolphins player Nolan Carroll as he ran along the sideline on a kick return. He was fined $25,000 by the Jets and suspended for the rest of the season; the suspension was extended to indefinitely after it was discovered that he had instructed inactive Jets players to line up along the sideline so as to potentially impede opposing players.[13] Later on December 30, the Jets were fined $100,000 by the NFL for violating league rules in the Alosi incident.[14]

In 2011 the Jets defeated the Dolphins on October 17 at the New Meadowlands, but a 19–17 loss in Miami in Week 17 left the Jets at 8–8 and out of the 2011 playoffs. The Week 17 game was notable for Miami on two levels—it was the last game for longtime Dolphin and ex-Jet Jason Taylor, and 400th victory in Dolphins franchise history. An apparent Jets fumble in the final three minutes inside their own 20 was picked up by Taylor and run into the endzone but the score was called back. The 2011 season was also the first since 2005 that the home team won both games in the series.

Shortly after the 2011 season ended, the Jets hired former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano as Offensive Coordinator who was fired during the 2011 season.[15] In his first game against his former team on September 23, 2012, Sparano saw the Jets fall behind, 10–3, at the half before LaRon Landry intercepted Dolphins rookie Ryan Tannehill and scored in the third. The Jets raced to a 20–17 lead but the Dolphins tied the game on Dan Carpenter's 41-yard field goal. In overtime Carpenter missed a 48-yarder, then the Dolphins blocked a Nick Folk attempt, but the play was nullified when the Dolphins called timeout before the snap. Folk drilled a 33-yard field goal for the 23–20 Jets win. The win proved costly, however, as Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis was lost for the season.

The next month, on October 28 at MetLife Stadium the Dolphins authored their fourth road win in their last five trips to New Jersey. Rookie Ryan Tannehill was knocked out of the game but Matt Moore led the Dolphins to a 30–9 win. The Dolphins scored on a blocked punt while Mark Sanchez threw 54 passes and a touchdown but was intercepted by Chris Clemons. Tim Tebow, a high-profile free agent signing by the Jets, was limited to one rush for two yards.

2013 was another split between the two clubs with the road team once again winning both contests. On December 1 at MetLife Stadium Ryan Tannehill threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns while Jets rookie Geno Smith completed just four passes with a pick; Matt Simms replaced him but managed just 79 passing yards and an interception as the Dolphins won 23–3. But after clawing to 8–6 and playoff contention the Dolphins collapsed in the season's final two weeks. On December 29 at Miami the Dolphins led 7–0 on a Ryan Tannehill touchdown then the Jets intercepted him three times and scored 20 unanswered points for the 20–7 win; Bilal Powell threw a 30-yard pass while Smith managed 190 yards passing.

The Jets hosted the Dolphins on Monday Night Football on December 1, 2014, three days past the 20th anniversary of the infamous Fake Spike Game. Following a Miami loss to Denver in which the Broncos rushed for over 200 yards, the Jets rushed for 277 yards and led 13–6 in the fourth, but Ryan Tannehill led a game-tying touchdown drive, and after a missed Nick Folk field goal attempt Tannehill led a drive ending in a Caleb Sturgis field goal at the two-minute warning. The Jets drove to their 44 but a Geno Smith pass was intercepted at the Dolphins 30, ending the 16–13 Dolphins win.

Following a 27-14 Jets win at Wembley Stadium in London in Week Four of the 2015 season, the Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle. It is the first division rival game played overseas.

Game results

The following is a list of results from all of the meetings between the Dolphins and Jets from their first meeting on September 9, 1966 to the present.

Post Season Meetings Tie Overtime Result

1960s (AFL, Jets 8–0)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
1966 September 9 New York Jets 19–14 Miami Dolphins Miami Orange Bowl
November 20 New York Jets 30–13 Miami Dolphins Shea Stadium
1967 October 1 New York Jets 29–7 Miami Dolphins Shea Stadium
October 22 New York Jets 33–14 Miami Dolphins Miami Orange Bowl
1968 December 1 New York Jets 35–17 Miami Dolphins Shea Stadium
December 15 New York Jets 31–7 Miami Dolphins Miami Orange Bowl
1969 November 2 New York Jets 34–31 Miami Dolphins Shea Stadium
December 14 New York Jets 27–9 Miami Dolphins Miami Orange Bowl

1970s (Dolphins 14–6)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
1970 October 10 Miami Dolphins 20–6 New York Jets Shea Stadium
December 13 Miami Dolphins 16–10 New York Jets Miami Orange Bowl
1971 October 3 New York Jets 14–10 Miami Dolphins Miami Orange Bowl
October 24 Miami Dolphins 30–14 New York Jets Shea Stadium
1972 October 8 Miami Dolphins 27–17 New York Jets Shea Stadium
November 19 Miami Dolphins 28–24 New York Jets Miami Orange Bowl
1973 October 7 Miami Dolphins 31–3 New York Jets Miami Orange Bowl
November 4 Miami Dolphins 24–14 New York Jets Shea Stadium
1974 October 7 Miami Dolphins 21–17 New York Jets Miami Orange Bowl
November 24 New York Jets 17–14 Miami Dolphins Shea Stadium
1975 October 19 Miami Dolphins 43–0 New York Jets Shea Stadium
November 9 Miami Dolphins 27–7 New York Jets Miami Orange Bowl
1976 September 26 Miami Dolphins 16–0 New York Jets Miami Orange Bowl
November 7 Miami Dolphins 27–7 New York Jets Shea Stadium
1977 October 16 Miami Dolphins 21–17 New York Jets Miami Orange Bowl
November 6 Miami Dolphins 14–10 New York Jets Shea Stadium
1978 September 3 New York Jets 33–20 Miami Dolphins Shea Stadium
November 26 New York Jets 24–13 Miami Dolphins Miami Orange Bowl
1979 September 30 New York Jets 33–27 Miami Dolphins Shea Stadium
December 15 New York Jets 27–24 Miami Dolphins Miami Orange Bowl

1980s (Dolphins 11–9–1)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
1980 October 27 New York Jets 17–14 Miami Dolphins Shea Stadium
December 20 New York Jets 24–17 Miami Dolphins Miami Orange Bowl
1981 October 4 Tie 28–28 Tie Miami Orange Bowl
November 22 New York Jets 16–15 Miami Dolphins Shea Stadium
1982 September 12 Miami Dolphins 45–28 New York Jets Miami Orange Bowl
December 18 Miami Dolphins 20–19 New York Jets Shea Stadium
1983 January 23 Miami Dolphins 14–0 New York Jets Miami Orange Bowl
1983 October 16 Miami Dolphins 32–14 New York Jets Miami Orange Bowl
December 16 Miami Dolphins 34–14 New York Jets Shea Stadium
1984 November 4 Miami Dolphins 31–17 New York Jets Giants Stadium
November 26 Miami Dolphins 28–17 New York Jets Miami Orange Bowl
1985 October 14 New York Jets 23–7 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
November 10 Miami Dolphins 21–17 New York Jets Miami Orange Bowl
1986 September 21 New York Jets 51–45 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
November 24 Miami Dolphins 45–3 New York Jets Miami Orange Bowl
1987 October 18 New York Jets 37–31 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
December 7 Miami Dolphins 37–28 New York Jets Joe Robbie Stadium
1988 October 23 New York Jets 44–30 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium
November 27 New York Jets 38–34 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
1989 September 24 New York Jets 40–33 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium
November 12 Miami Dolphins 31–23 New York Jets Giants Stadium

1990s (Tied 10–10)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
1990 October 7 Miami Dolphins 20–16 New York Jets Joe Robbie Stadium
November 11 Miami Dolphins 17–3 New York Jets Giants Stadium
1991 September 29 New York Jets 41–23 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
December 22 New York Jets 23–20 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium
1992 November 1 New York Jets 26–14 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
December 20 Miami Dolphins 19–17 New York Jets Joe Robbie Stadium
1993 September 12 New York Jets 24–14 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium
November 7 New York Jets 27–10 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
1994 September 18 Miami Dolphins 28–14 New York Jets Joe Robbie Stadium
November 27 Miami Dolphins 28–24 New York Jets Giants Stadium
1995 September 3 Miami Dolphins 52–14 New York Jets Joe Robbie Stadium
October 22 New York Jets 17–16 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
1996 September 15 Miami Dolphins 36–27 New York Jets Pro Player Stadium
December 22 Miami Dolphins 31–28 New York Jets Giants Stadium
1997 October 12 Miami Dolphins 31–20 New York Jets Giants Stadium
November 9 Miami Dolphins 24–17 New York Jets Pro Player Stadium
1998 October 4 New York Jets 20–9 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
December 13 New York Jets 21–16 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium
1999 December 12 New York Jets 28–20 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
December 27 New York Jets 38–31 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium

2000s (Jets 13–7)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
2000 October 23 New York Jets 40–37 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
November 19 New York Jets 20–3 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium
2001 October 14 New York Jets 21–17 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
November 18 New York Jets 24–0 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium
2002 September 22 Miami Dolphins 30–3 New York Jets Pro Player Stadium
November 10 New York Jets 13–10 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
2003 September 14 Miami Dolphins 21–10 New York Jets Giants Stadium
December 28 Miami Dolphins 23–21 New York Jets Pro Player Stadium
2004 October 3 New York Jets 17–9 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium
November 1 New York Jets 41–14 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
2005 September 18 New York Jets 17–7 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
December 18 Miami Dolphins 24–20 New York Jets Dolphins Stadium
2006 October 15 New York Jets 20–17 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
December 25 New York Jets 13–10 Miami Dolphins Dolphin Stadium
2007 September 23 New York Jets 31–28 Miami Dolphins Giants Stadium
December 2 New York Jets 40–13 Miami Dolphins Dolphin Stadium
2008 September 7 New York Jets 20–14 Miami Dolphins Dolphin Stadium
December 28 Miami Dolphins 24–17 New York Jets Giants Stadium
2009 October 12 Miami Dolphins 31–27 New York Jets LandShark Stadium
November 1 Miami Dolphins 30–25 New York Jets Giants Stadium

2010s (NYJ Leads 6–5)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
2010 September 26 New York Jets 31–23 Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium
December 12 Miami Dolphins 10–6 New York Jets New Meadowlands Stadium
2011 October 17 New York Jets 24–6 Miami Dolphins MetLife Stadium
January 1 Miami Dolphins 19–17 New York Jets Sun Life Stadium
2012 September 23 New York Jets 23–20 Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium
October 28 Miami Dolphins 30–9 New York Jets MetLife Stadium
2013 December 1 Miami Dolphins 23–3 New York Jets MetLife Stadium
December 29 New York Jets 20–7 Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium
2014 December 1 Miami Dolphins 16-13 New York Jets MetLife Stadium
December 28 New York Jets 37-24 Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium
2015 October 4 New York Jets 27-14 Miami Dolphins Wembley Stadium
November 29 TBD TBD TBD MetLife Stadium


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  6. ^ Glazer, Jay (2008-08-07). "Packers trade Favre to Jets". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
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  9. ^ Bishop, Greg (2008-09-08). "Favre Wins in Debut for Jets".  
  10. ^ Tim Graham (2010-02-01). "'"Jets' Ryan calls incident 'stupid. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  11. ^ Rich Cimini, "New York Jets fine head coach Rex Ryan $50,000 for giving middle finger to Dolphins fans in Florida", New York Daily News
  12. ^ Sean Leahy (November 4, 2009). "'"Jason Taylor: 'Jets fans take the 'cl' out of class. USA Today. 
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External links

  • The Football Database: Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
  • Pro Football Reference Box Scores: Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
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