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Fill-in QB keeps Miami in hunt

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Matt Moore's first game as Ryan Tannehill's replacement was the best of his career.

The nine-year veteran quarterback stepped in Saturday night and threw four touchdown passes to help keep the Dolphins' playoff hopes alive with a 34-13 rout of the Jets.

In his first start since Jan. 1, 2012 — a Dolphins victory over the Jets, with current New York coach Todd Bowles serving as interim Miami coach — Moore picked apart the mistake-prone hosts.

He hit Dion Sims for two 1-yard touchdowns, Kenny Stills for 52 yards and Jarvis Landry for 61 in Miami's eighth win in nine games. The Dolphins clinched their first winning season since 2008, the last time they won the AFC East. Should Moore (12-of-18 for 236 yards) continue such strong play, they can be optimistic about playing in the postseason.

The Jets (4-10) have lost as many games as they won in 2015, Bowles' first season in charge. They also lost second-year quarterback Bryce Petty on the first play of the fourth quarter after he was squashed by defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake, and had the wind knocked out of him.

For good measure, the Dolphins threw in an 11-yard blocked punt return touchdown by Walt Aiken.

Chiefs: Veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson was placed on injured reserve Saturday after he ruptured his Achilles tendon last week. Defensive lineman David King was promoted from the practice squad. Johnson hurt his Achilles tendon in a win over Oakland on Dec. 8.

Fill-in QB keeps Miami in hunt 12/17/16 [Last modified: Saturday, December 17, 2016 11:44pm]
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