If there were doubts about the Dolphins playoff viability with backup QB Matt Moore at the helm, he answered them quickly and often Saturday night against the Jets. When it was all said and done, Moore threw four TD passes in his first start in five years and Miami stayed in the AFC Playoff picture with a 34-13 decisive win.
Playing for the injured Ryan Tannehill and trailing 7-0 early in the game, Moore led an 8 play 52 yard TD drive that culminated with his first TD pass to Dion Sims from a yard out to make it 7-6. Kicker Andrew Franks missed the PAT to keep the score the same.
But, Moore fired an arching bomb to speedy WR Kenny Stills (above) for 52 yards later in the second quarter and a 13-7 lead. The Fins never looked back.
After halftime, Miami got a special teams spark when Willie Aikens blocked the Jets punt and scooped and scored himself from 11 yards out to extend the lead to 20-10.
Then the back breaking pass play happened here:
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Jarvis Landry’s 66 yard catch and run salted the game away.
Moore finished with 236 yards and the 4 TDs becoming the first Dolphin QB to throw 4 TDs in a game against New York since Dan Marino did it in 1994. It’s also the Fins first sweep of the Jets since 2009.
Finally, with the win, Miami moves into the six spot, for now, of the AFC Wildcard with a 9-5 record. The Broncos will have to beat the Patriots at home Sunday afernoon to re-take the spot back over.
Otherwise, the Dolphins will control their own destiny to win their last two and make the playoffs.