Relieved: The Dolphins knew they didn't play their best game on "Monday Night Football," but there was a big sense of relief in the locker room afterward. Veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan, who was inactive Monday, walked around the locker room saying loudly to teammates, "We'll take it! We'll take it!" The Dolphins (7-5) earned their previous six victories by an average of 19 points per game.
Respect for the Jets: Although nearly everyone on the outside wrote off the 2-10 Jets, Dolphins players said they expected a tough game from the start. New York gave Miami all it could handle and took a touchdown lead into the fourth quarter. "The Jets play us tough every year," Dolphins safety Reshad Jones said. "It's a division opponent so we knew what we were facing."
Quick turnaround: The Dolphins won't celebrate this win for very long. Head coach Joe Philbin said there won't be much time to study the game tape, because the Dolphins have to quickly turn the page to prepare for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Miami players will take Tuesday off while the coaches put together the game plan for Baltimore.