Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wallace: 'You take a win any way you can get it'


The Miami Dolphins nearly lost to the New York Jets Monday night. Fortunately for the Dolphins, they were playing the Jets.

The Dolphins failed to score until a first-half-ending field goal, while the Jets actually got off to a strong start. However, throughout the game, Miami was able to capitalize on the Jets' missed field goals, dropped interceptions and overall incompetence on offense en route to a 16-13 victory.

By many accounts, it was an ugly win. But it was still a win, and the Dolphins will take it.

“We didn’t want it like this, but you take a win any way you can get it,” Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace said after the game, via MiamiDolphins.com. “It just showed that we can come from behind. The last couple of games we kind of let it get away from us, the chances that we did have to come from behind, and we finally got one done.

"We didn’t want to get it done like this, but you take it how you can get it and you’re proud that we persevered and played as a team.”

The victory bumped the Dolphins (7-5) into the final playoff spot in the AFC, for now. And that's enough, for now.

Monday, the Dolphins did move the ball at times--though that isn't saying much against the Jets--as rookie Jarvis Landry hauled in eight catches for 68 yards and Wallace six for 69. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill finished the game with 25 completions on 35 attempts with no scores and an interception, while Lamar Miller rushed for the team's lone score.

After getting beaten up in the run game in the first half, the Dolphins' defense hunkered down in the second and let the Jets' Geno Smith-led offense implode. The pass rush remained strong, and the secondary came up with the timely plays.

And for another week, the Dolphins are in the conversation.

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