The Miami Dolphins are hoping to play the role of spoiler as they host the New York Jets. The Jets are in need of a win over Miami combined with a few losses by other teams in order to reach the postseason. The Dolphins are attempting to ensure that both teams end their seasons on New Year's Day.
The majority of the second quarter was largely uneventful, as the two teams traded multiple penalties for false starts, offsides and encroachment. The quarter was dominated by the Jets, who controlled the clock on an extremely long drive down the field and into the red zone. The Jets ultimately settled for a field goal to cap off their drive, which lasted over eight minutes on 12 plays. Nick Folk nailed the 31-yarder to push the Jets lead to 10-3.
Brodney Pool snared an interception with less than 0:30 left in the half to let the Jets try for one more field goal. It was Matt Moore's second interception of the game. Mark Sanchez immediately threw an interception of his own to let the Dolphins take over with 0:09 left. Moore threw an incomplete pass with two seconds remaining and Dan Carpenter came on the field for a 58-yard Dolphins field goal attempt.
The kick was straight and perfect, as Carpenter could have kicked it from 60-plus. The Dolphins were able to close the gap to 10-6 as time expired in the half.