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Tannehill helps Dolphins keep playoff hopes alive with 23-3 victory over listless Jets

  • Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline (82) holds the ball up while scoring on a touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Tannehill during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline (82) holds the ball up while scoring on a touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Tannehill during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)  (The Associated Press)

  • Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) runs with the ball against the New York Jets during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) runs with the ball against the New York Jets during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Jets quarterback Matt Simms, center, is sacked by Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    New York Jets quarterback Matt Simms, center, is sacked by Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

Ryan Tannehill threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns, leading Miami to a 23-3 victory over the listless New York Jets on Sunday that kept the Dolphins' playoff hopes alive.

With the AFC East rivals approaching the game as a must-win, the Dolphins (6-6) played with more of a sense of urgency while sending the Jets (5-7) to their third straight loss.

New York also has a quarterback controversy on its hands as Geno Smith was benched in favor of Matt Simms after a dismal first half.

Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace had touchdown receptions for Miami, while Tannehill finished 28 for 43 with an interception.

Smith was 4 for 10 for 29 yards with an interception and an 8.3 quarterback rating before being replaced by Simms, who went 9 for 18 for 79 yards and an INT as New York's postseason hopes were severely damaged.

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