Jets 37, Dolphins 24: Jets Finally Put Together Tremendous Offensive Performance In Victory, But It's Too Little Too Late, We Hand Out Game Balls, Game Falls

December 29, 2014

By Brad Carroll

 

The New York Jets wrapped up a terribly disappointing season with a 37-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon. The Jets finally had an offensive performance good enough to win a lot of games this season, as quarterback Geno Smith had a perfect passer rating and wide receiver Eric Decker went over 200 yards receiving, but it was too little too late.

 

Here is a look at those players that deserve Game Balls after the big win over the Dolphins, and those that are saddled with Game Falls for not doing their part.

 

Game Balls

Geno Smith: For once, Smith actually played like a legitimate starting quarterback. He had a perfect passer rating in completing 20-of-25 passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns. Smith didn't throw an interception, but did fumble once. He led five scoring drives in the second half alone. He also finally found a target at wide receiver, finding Eric Decker 10 times for over 200 yards. But it was too little too late. Smith probably will get a shot to start again next season, which no Jets fan wants to see. He could be the only option, however. At least this performance make that fact hurt a little less. Just a little.

 

Eric Decker: For one day, Decker probably thought he was back in Denver, catching 10 passes for 221 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown catch. Decker fell just seven yards short of the all-time Jets record for receiving yards in a game, set by Don Maynard. It was a career day for Decker.

 

Chris Owusu: He caught one pass for 36 yards, ran once for a 23-yard touchdown jaunt, and had an 87-yard kick return. Maybe the Jets found a potential playmaker in the rookie.

 

Ryan Quigley to Zach Sudfeld: The punter hit the tight end for a 38-yard pass on a fake punt with four minutes to go in the game and the Jets leading by just three points. One play later, Geno Smith hit Jeff Cumberland for a 23-yard touchdown pass and the game was over. The fake punt, one of the best run plays of the season, set up the winner.

 

David Harris: He might not be back with the Jets next season, but he sure made a statement to the rest of the league he can still play at a high level. Harris had a game-high nine tackles, with 2.5 sacks, two tackles for a loss, one pass deflection and two quarterback hits.

 

Quinton Coples: He is another player that could be on the way out, but he saved his best for last, recording two sacks to give him 6.5 for the season.

 

Game Falls

Calvin Pryor: He was most to blame on Lamar Miller's 97-yard touchdown run, falling down without being touched as Miller ran right past him. Pryor has been a giant disappointment as a first-round draft pick, another likely bust taken by former general manager John Idzik. 

 

Calvin Pace: While Harris and Coples made their cases to come back, Pace likely sealed his fate with a one-tackle performance against Miami.

 

Chris Ivory: The Jets running back didn't have a strong finish to the season, capping it off by rushing for just 29 yards on 13 carries against the Dolphins, a 2.2-yard per carry average. Ivory did score on an eight-yard touchdown reception in the game.

 

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