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Jets-Dolphins: What Was the Most Important Play of the Game?

New York Jets vs Miami Dolphins Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images

What was the most important play in yesterday’s loss to Miami?

What does Pro Football Reference think?

Pro Football Reference has a formula to determine a team’s chances of winning at any point within a game. Which single play most swung the odds in Miami’s favor?

They say Josh McCown’s interception in the final minute of the game. It was responsible for an incredible 34.1% change. Miami had a 48.9% chance of winning before the play and an 83% chance of winning.

By the formula, that one play took the Dolphins from having less than a coin flip’s chance of being victorious to better than a four in five chance.

What do I think?

This one wasn’t easy. There were a number of key plays in this game. Ultimately, though, I have to come to the same conclusion as Pro Football Reference. The Jets shouldn’t have been in a tie game in the final minute. Plenty went wrong to get them to that point. That interception essentially sealed the game, though. The Jets were in a spot where at worst they should have been in overtime. That play ultimately lost the game.

What do you think?