LONDON -- With a healthy Chris Ivory and Eric Decker back in the lineup, the Jets held on to defeat the Miami Dolphins, 27-14, in front of a sellout crowd of 83,986 at Wembley Stadium.
Ivory, who missed last week's game against the Eagles with a quad injury, rushed for 166 yards, his highest total as a Jet and the second highest of his career (he topped out at 158 yards with New Orleans on Oct. 17, 2010). Eric Decker, who like Ivory, missed last week's game against the Eagles, caught four passes for 46 yards.
Brandon Marshall, who had three catches for 89 yards with 4:37 left in the first quarter, finished with seven receptions for 128 yards.
It was a sloppy, mistake-filled game with questionable play-calls from both sidelines, but in the end, the Jets (3-1) were able to escape England with a win in their first AFC East matchup of the season. But it wasn't easy.
The Jets racked up 14 penalties for a total of 163 yards -- the most penalty yards in a Jets' road game since 1970. And those mistakes kept the door open for a desperate Dolphins team that came into the game in free fall and on a two-game losing streak.
Down 27-14, the Dolphins (1-3) swung the momentum into their favor. But when it counted most, the Jets found a way to stop Miami and its talented young receiver Jarvis Landry.
A 2-yard TD catch by Landry with 6:12 left was nullified by an offensive pass interference call on DeVante Parker. Newly acquired Jets safety Dion Bailey, who entered the game after starter Calvin Pryor suffered a knee injury, made three key plays in coverage to keep the Dolphins from scoring. But it was Darrelle Revis' end-zone pick that helped to kill any hope of a Dolphins' comeback.
On fourth-and-9 from the Jets' 9, quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a short pass in Landry's direction, but the receiver stumbled as he ran toward the end zone and Revis plucked the ball out of the air.
Marcus Williams' end-zone pick with less than two minutes remaining sealed the win.
The Jets led 20-7 at halftime, but they should have been up by more.
They dominated the Dolphins from the opening kickoff by shutting down Miami's running game and confusing Tannehill with an assortment of blitzes, including several by Buster Skrine.
At the end of the first quarter, the Jets had outgained the Dolphins 140-28 and held a 6-1 advantage in first downs. But the erratic play of Ryan Fitzpatrick proved to be an obstacle for them.
His 58-yard bomb to Marshall on their first play from scrimmage set the tone early, as the Jets marched 73 yards downfield and took a 7-0 lead on three plays. On their next drive, a 22-yard field goal by Nick Folk gave the Jets a 10-0 lead with 4:37 remaining in the first quarter. But for much of the game, Fitzpatrick's throws were off the mark. He finished 16-for-29 for 218 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The wayward Dolphins played so poorly they needed the Jets' help to generate some offense on their own. A drive helped by back-to-back pass-interference calls -- first on Revis (a 36-yard penalty) and then on Marcus Gilchrist (a 22-yard penalty) -- culminated in an 8-yard score by Jake Stoneburner. That TD pulled Miami to within 13-7 with 7:07 to go in the second quarter.