Folk's 2nd try in OT helps Jets top Dolphins 23-20

Associated Press Published: September 24, 2012
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MIAMI (AP) — A pass caromed off Tim Tebow's helmet, which is how things went much of the day for the New York Jets.

Then in overtime, the ball bounced their way.

First the Miami Dolphins missed a potential game-winning field-goal attempt, and then Jets kicker Nick Folk received a reprieve. After Folk's blocked field-goal attempt was negated by a timeout, his retry was a successful 33-yarder with 6:04 left, and the Jets won 23-20 Sunday.

"We'll take the win," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "We're not going to give it back."

New York quarterback Mark Sanchez was wildly erratic, and understudy Tebow again had little impact on the offense. The Jets did benefit from some Tebow trickery when he called a successful fake punt and ran 5 yards for a first down.

Tebow carried one other time and lost 5 yards. He still has yet to throw a pass this year, and a third-down throw from Sanchez bounced off Tebow's helmet and fell incomplete.

"I was not expecting it that quick, but I guess I'll learn," Tebow said. "We got a win. That's all that matters."

New York improved to 2-1, and the Dolphins dropped to 1-2.

The Jets' Darrelle Revis and Miami's Reggie Bush left the game with left knee injuries. Revis was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Monday.

Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes for a 38-yard gain to set up Folk's winning kick. The first attempt was blocked by Randy Starks charging up the middle, but the officials whistled the play dead just as the ball was snapped because Dolphins coach Joe Philbin had called timeout.

"I thought it was the right call," Philbin said. "I was planning all along to call timeout right before he kicked the ball. ... Typically we're going to ice the kicker."

Folk said he and his Jets teammates heard the whistle when Philbin called timeout, and his blockers eased up.

"I'd rather kick it than sit there and not kick it," Folk said. "I got another warmup kick."

Philbin managed a sheepish grin as Folk lined up for his second attempt. The Jets kicker then made the winner.

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