MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Rex Ryan was in a nostalgic mood for what likely was his final game as coach of the New York Jets. We're talking really nostalgic.
On the their first play from scrimmage Sunday, they used the same play the Joe Namath Jets ran to open Super Bowl III. That, too, took place in Miami, so Ryan figured, "Why not?"
In case you're wondering, it was an unbalanced line, with Chris Ivory running off left end for seven yards.
"I thought it was appropriate coming down here to Miami," Ryan said after the 37-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins. "I told the team it would work for three yards; it went for seven. Who says I don't know anything about offense?"
Fatten up those stats: The Jets' front seven finished with a big game, sacking Ryan Tannehill seven times. Linebacker David Harris, who will be a free agent, led the way with 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Linebacker Quinton Coples recorded two sacks, finishing with a career-high 6.5. The Jets have until May to decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Right now, he's signed through 2015.
Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (one sack) finished with a team-high eight sacks, but he didn't finish the game. He suffered a head injury in the second quarter and didn't return. Richardson was tweeting during the game from the locker room, which means he could be subject to a league fine. Players aren't supposed to tweet during games.
A dubious mark: The Jets finished with only 13 takeaways (six interceptions, seven fumble recoveries) -- the fewest number of takeaways in team history. The previous low was 15, set last season.
Numbers game: With a monster game in the finale, Eric Decker finished just shy of 1,000 receiving yards -- 962 yards on 74 catches. ...Chris Ivory (821 yards) finished as the leading rusher. ... Quarterback Geno Smith finished with 13 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions, with a 77.5 passer rating. That represents a fairly significant improvement from last season, when his numbers were 12, 21 and 66.5, respectively.
Perfect game: Smith finished with a perfect passer rating -- 158.3. He became the first Jets quarterback since Ken O'Brien in Week 16 of 1990 to lead his team to victory and finish with a perfect rating. He also set new single-game career-bests in yards (358) and tied a career-best with three touchdown passes, and third-best in completion percentage (20-of-25, 80.0 percent).
Chris who? Wide receiver Chris Owusu, whose role increased with Percy Harvin inactive, had a terrific game. He scored on a 23-yard run and finished with 161 total yards, including an 87-yard kickoff return. With 3:11 remaining in the first quarter, he scored his first touchdown as a Jet, and first-career rushing touchdown.