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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- This game may not have been purely about revenge for Tony Sparano, but the former Dolphins coach enjoyed a huge measure of it nonetheless.

Nick Folk's second-chance, 33-yard field goal with 6:04 left in overtime was the difference as the Jets, with Sparano now coordinating their offense, escaped with a 23-20 win over their fierce AFC East rival.

Randy Starks broke through to block Folk's first attempt at the game winner, but new Dolphins coach Joe Philbin had signaled for a timeout moments before the snap.

"I thought it was the right call," Philbin said. "I was planning it all along, to call timeout right before he kicked the ball. I really had no reaction whatsoever on that. I knew that was the plan, that was the thing to do, and we did it."

Three players earlier, Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes for 38 yards to the Dolphins' 18 to set up the winning kick.

With the win, the Jets improved to 2-1, tied for first in the division. The Dolphins are 1-2 with a pair of road games, to Arizona and Cincinnati, up next.

A 41-yard completion from rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill to Brian Hartline could have been the game-turning event, but Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter missed from 48 yards on the previous possession.

It was the second huge miss of the day for Carpenter, who hadn't missed two field goal attempts in the same game since Week 2 of last season. Carpenter hadn't missed anywhere from inside 49 yards since that same game against the Texans.

"Neither of them were my best ball," Carpenter said. "They were both kind of, I don't know what you want to say, knuckling, I guess. Excuses suck, so, I mean, I missed both kicks. There's nothing else to it."

Earlier, Sparano saw Sanchez hit Jeremy Kerley for the go-ahead touchdown from 8 yards out with 3:01 to play. That play came on third and 2 and capped an eight-play, 53-yard scoring march.

Jets safety Yeremiah Bell, cut loose by the Dolphins after last season, smiled when asked about the emotions Sparano must have gone through Sunday.

"I'm sure he went through a lot more than I did," Bell said. "I don't think he was too happy about the way he was done here. To get some revenge I'm sure was sweet for him."

Tannehill marched the Dolphins 48 yards to the tying field goal with 16 seconds left in regulation, that coming by Carpenter from 41 yards out.

Earlier, Carpenter missed a chance to pad the Dolphins' lead with a miss from 47 yards with a little under 11 minutes to play.

"Did we get some breaks? We certainly got some breaks, no question about it," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "Obviously it looked rough for us there for a while, but we kept hanging in there ... and good things happened to us. We feel very fortunate."

The Dolphins went ahead 17-10 on Jorvorskie Lane's 1-yard plunge late in the third quarter, then saw the Jets pull closer on a 20-yard field goal that left them 0 for 3 in the red zone.

The first pick-six of Tannehill's young career couldn't have come at a worse time for Miami. On the second play of the second half, the rookie was rolling right in his own end zone when he badly underthrew tight end Anthony Fasano along the sideline on what appeared to be an improvised route.

LaRon Landry returned it 18 yards to tie the game 10-10.

A Daniel Thomas fumble gave the Jets their second takeaway in eight seconds, but Chris Clemons picked off Mark Sanchez in the end zone on third-and-goal from the Miami 7 to thwart the Jets.

On an overcast, mistake-filled afternoon, both teams were forced to deal with a series of key injuries due to all the heavy hitting.

Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (knee) and wide receiver Davone Bess (head) were lost along the way, while the Jets lost cornerback Darrelle Revis to a knee injury in the third quarter. Bess later returned and made several key catches.

For the second straight week, the Dolphins scored on their opening possession. This time it was done with a short field of just 47 yards after a Richard Marshall interception of Sanchez.

Former Dolphins wide receiver Clyde Gates appeared to run a sloppy route, enabling Marshall to jump in front for his first interception with Miami.

Daniel Thomas, back from a Week 1 concussion, scored from 1 yard out. Bush carried four times for 31 yards on the short drive, running over Darrelle Revis inside the Jets' 5 to set up the score.

The Dolphins made it 10-0 midway through the second quarter on Dan Carpenter's 21-yard field goal. That came at the end of a 13-play, 75-yard drive that saw Ryan Tannehill make back-to-back completions for a combined 41 yards (to Davone Bess and Anthony Fasano).

A potential turning point came midway through the second quarter, when Tim Tebow took the snap as the up back and picked up 5 yards on a fake punt from the Jets' 25.

That Jets' possession ended up lasting 16 plays but it bogged down at the Miami 15, forcing them to settle for a 33-yard Folk field goal to narrow the difference to 10-3.

Notes: Tim Tebow opened the game split wide for the Jets and was out there for a handful of plays in that capacity. Three Wildcat snaps to him netted a loss of six yards. ... Former Dolphins Yeremiah Bell, Dedrick Epps and Gates were among the pregame captains for the Jets. ... The Dolphins went 4-3 against the Jets under Sparano from 2008-11. ... Bush, coming off a huge game against the Raiders, left with a sprained left knee on the second-to-last play of the first half. He did not return and will undergo an MRI on Monday. ... This was the Dolphins' second overtime loss in as many years to a team including Tebow. Last October they fell 18-15 to the Broncos after Tebow led a late rally.
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