Hill’s catch sparks Miami’s rout

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) reacts during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) reacts during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tyreek Hill got into the end zone, found his new wife in the stands and tossed her the ball for a special celebration.

The game got even better for the newlywed Hill and the Miami Dolphins from there.

Jevon Holland returned an intercepted first-half Hail Mary attempt 99 yards for a score, Raheem Mostert ran for two touchdowns, and the Dolphins cruised past the New York Jets 34-13 in the NFL's first game played on Black Friday.

"It was a momentum swing going into the half," Holland said. "They threw a ball, they threw a Hail Mary, kind of desperation. They knew we were getting the ball after the half.

"Then, boom, you just [gave] up a touchdown."

Tua Tagovailoa was intercepted twice, including one returned for a score by Brandin Echols, but Miami was in control for most of the game. The Dolphins (8-3) cushioned their lead atop the AFC East by sending the Jets (4-7) to their fourth consecutive loss.

Tagovailoa finished 21 of 30 for 243 yards with the TD to Hill and the two INTs.

Tim Boyle started at quarterback for the Jets in place of the benched Zach Wilson, but New York's stagnant offense failed to get much going other than Boyle's 1-yard TD pass to Garrett Wilson with 4:37 remaining.

"I think we shot ourselves in the foot too many times," said Boyle, who was sacked seven times.

The Dolphins took a 10-0 lead when Tagovailoa connected with Hill, who avoided a tackle attempt by Jordan Whitehead and zipped into the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown with 8:21 left in the second quarter.

Hill took off his helmet, found wife Keeta Vaccaro in the stands and blew her a kiss before tossing her the football. The two were married during the Dolphins' bye two weeks ago.

"You know what's crazy? Thursday night, my wife says she's going to order tickets right here close to the sideline, so make sure you score in this end zone," said Hill, who couldn't haul in a TD toss on fourth down on the Dolphins' opening possession.

"That's why I dropped the first touchdown pass," Hill said playfully. "She wasn't on that side. That was a nice hat -- she wore a hat that could stand out. I could see her from 100 yards away easily."

Hill's touchdown catch was his 10th of the season, making him the first Dolphins player since Mike Wallace in 2014 to have double-digit TD receptions.

With the Jets' offense struggling -- as usual -- the defense stepped up to get them into the game.

On first-and-10 from the Dolphins 27, Tagovailoa threw a short pass intended for Braxton Berrios, but Echols jumped the route, intercepted the toss and took it to the end zone.

The usually reliable Greg Zuerlein was wide right on the extra-point attempt, and Miami's lead was 10-6 with 58 seconds left in the opening half.

D.J. Reed intercepted Tagovailoa on the Dolphins' next possession, giving the Jets the ball at their 49 with 2 seconds remaining.

Instead of taking a knee and going into halftime down by 4, Coach Robert Saleh opted for a Hail Mary -- and it went embarrassingly wrong.

Boyle's throw to the end zone was picked off by Holland, who took off down the field, weaved his way past some would-be Jets tacklers -- including Boyle -- and took it in untouched.

"We took our shot off the interception to try to get one more [score]," Saleh said. "Just a very unfortunate play at the end of the half."

The Dolphins went wild on their sideline. The Jets stood stunned on theirs.

"That was crazy," Miami wide receiver Jaylen Waddle said. "That was one of the best plays I've ever seen, as far as timing. ... It was a crazy play that we needed."

  photo  Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) crosses the goal line for a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
 
 
  photo  Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert (31) crosses the goal line for a touchdown against the New York Jets during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
 
 
  photo  New York Jets quarterback Tim Boyle (7) avoids a tackle in the end zone from Miami Dolphins linebacker Jaelan Phillips (15) during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
 
 
  photo  Miami Dolphins safety Jevon Holland (8) runs an interception back for a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
 
 
  photo  New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) and cornerback Sauce Gardner (1) tackle Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
 
 
  photo  Miami Dolphins safety Jevon Holland (8) intercepts a Hail Mary pass against the New York Jets during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. Holland ran back the pass for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
 
 
  photo  Miami Dolphins safety Jevon Holland (8) catches a Hail Mary pass at the 1-yard line before running it back for a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
 
 
  photo  New York Jets quarterback Tim Boyle (7) passes against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
 
 
  photo  Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) passes against the New York Jets during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
 
 

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