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JETS’ INEPTNESS ENDS IN UPSET OF DOLPHINS

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The worst chapter in New York Jets' history may have ended the way it started - with the Miami Dolphins at Giants Stadium.

Just 11 months ago, the Jets played the Dolphins in the Meadowlands needing a win to tie Miami for first place in the AFC East. After New York built a 24-6 lead, Miami rallied behind Dan Marino for a 28-24 win in "the spike" game.New York has had one win in 12 games since then, including an embarrassing loss last weekend that gave expansion team Carolina its first win.

All those frustrations seemingly came to an end Sunday as the Jets (2-6) rode two big kickoff returns by Dexter Carter, two touchdown passes by Bubby Brister and four takeaways to a 17-16 win over a Marino-less Miami (4-3).

The win snapped a four-game Jets' losing streak and extended the Dolphins' slide to three. It also showed that Miami had either better get the injured Marino back soon or the Super Bowl season experts were predicting might never happen

"It's embarrassing for us to lose three in a row," said Bernie Kosar, who threw three interceptions and lost a fumble filling in for Marino. "We had such great expectations for ourselves as a team. To let a game like this get away is discouraging, to say the least."

Almost as discouraging as last week, when the Dolphins lost to then winless New Orleans. Their hope is Marino will return next week against Buffalo after missing two games following an operation on his right knee.

"We'll see how he feels this week and what he can do in practice," Dolphins coach Don Shula said. "But whether it's Dan or Bernie, we've got to make the plays."

For the Jets, winning seemed to right weeks of losing and intense media criticism.

"This is what you feed off of, a little bit of success," coach Rich Kotite said. "It's been a long time coming."

The upset also instilled some hope the Jets can now turn things around with eight games left. After all, this was the same Dolphins who beat New York by 38 points in the season opener at Miami.

Kosar, who was 27 of 42 for 191 yards, had three chances in the closing minutes to bring the Dolphins back. However, he fumbled after being sacked by Marvin Washington at the Jets 47 with 5:37 remaining, and he was intercepted by Vance Joseph at the New York 20 with 2:24 left.

Victor Green iced the win by picking off a wobbly Kosar pass at the Jets 35 with 1:11 to play.

The Jets won despite gaining 200 total yards, converting on 1 of 10 third-downs and holding the ball for 24:12.