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Rookie Jerome Baker broke open a close game with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as the host Miami Dolphins defeated the New York Jets 13-6 on Sunday afternoon.
Miami (5-4) snapped a two-game losing streak. New York (3-6) has lost three games in a row.
Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold was intercepted a career-high four times — by Baker, by fellow linebacker Kiko Alonso and by safeties T.J. McDonald and Walt Aikens.
Miami led 6-3 when Baker made his play, cutting in front of a receiver on the right sideline. It was Baker’s first career interception, and it was preceded at the start of the play by a bad shotgun snap from center Spencer Long, who has a dislocated middle finger.
Long misfired on numerous snaps, and it hurt Darnold’s timing. Long finally was replaced by Jonotthan Harrison with 4:21 left in the fourth quarter.
Dolphins backup quarterback Brock Osweiler improved his record to 2-2 since replacing the injured Ryan Tannehill (shoulder). Osweiler passed for just 139 yards and took four sacks but did not have a turnover.
Miami opened the scoring on Jason Sanders’ 43-yard field goal with 12:39 left in the second quarter. That drive was set up by Alonso’s interception.
The Dolphins took a 6-0 lead on Sanders’ 27-yard field goal with 1:11 left in the half. Miami might have had more on that drive, but Jets safety Jamal Adams blitzed and knocked down a third-down pass by Osweiler.
Just before the half, Darnold helped get New York on the board, moving his team 45 yards on seven plays. That set up Jason Myers’ 48-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in the half.
The Jets had a chance to tie the score with 12:37 left in the fourth quarter, but Myers missed, way right, on a 50-yard field goal attempt. That miss snapped Myers’ streak of 12 consecutive successful field goals.
After Baker’s score, Myers booted a 56-yard field goal, cutting Miami’s lead to 13-6 with 6:03 left in the fourth. However, two more Darnold interceptions after that field goal ended New York’s hopes.
—Field Level Media