MIAMI (AP) — Jason Taylor stood at his 10-yard line, motioning with both arms to coax more noise from the crowd as the Miami Dolphins tried to hang on to a late lead.
It was Taylor’s way of waving goodbye.
His penetration on the next play harried Mark Sanchez into an interception that helped seal the victory, and Miami eliminated the New York Jets from playoff contention by winning 19-17 Sunday.
Taylor, the NFL’s active sacks leader, played his final game in a 15-year career. He didn’t add to his sack total of 139½, but he lined up at tailback for the final two plays as the Dolphins ran out the clock, then was carried off the field.
Taylor provided a rare moment of celebration for the Dolphins (6-10), who completed their third consecutive losing season, their longest such stretch since the 1960s. They fired coach Tony Sparano on Dec. 12 and have begun the search for a successor.
One small consolation: Miami tied the NFL record for most wins after a 0-7 start.
Source: Associated Press