Jay Cutler delivers best game as Miami Dolphin in win over Patriots

It was a triumphant night for Jay Cutler. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

MIAMI GARDENS—Jay Cutler is so level that it’s hard to read his body language sometimes, but it appeared as though he was pleased after the Dolphins’ 27-20 upset of the Patriots.

But it was worth double checking. After four minutes of a mostly monotone press conference following his best performance since November 2015, Cutler glanced over at a public relations official before declaring he was, in fact, enjoying this moment.

“I think I’m pretty happy,” he said.

He should be.

In the battle of Cutler versus Tom Brady, Smokin’ Jay was the one who lit up Hard Rock Stadium on Monday Night Football. He completed 25 of 38 passes for 263 yards and had three touchdowns with no interceptions. The 112.1 passer rating he posted was one of the top 20 of his career.

It’s been a hard season for Cutler—and the Dolphins as a group, for that matter—and this had to be the highpoint of it thus far. After being booed in his home stadium, getting outplayed statistically by nearly every quarterback he’s faced, breaking two ribs and missing the last New England game with a concussion, this was a joyous night.
“Winning is always—That’s what keeps you in this game,” Cutler said. “That locker room after a win, there’s nothing like it. A plane ride home after a win, it’s hard to beat it. So it gives us a boost. We hit on it in there. We’ve got another game, so tomorrow we’re going to take a look at this and we’re going to keep moving.”

It’s nice to be having again for Cutler, 34, after a miserable season in Chicago when he played just five games and was unceremoniously dumped at the end of the year. He was at peace with retirement after nothing materialized in free agency, and his career almost certainly would’ve been over if not for Adam Gase’s call when Ryan Tannehill went down.

He had the Dolphins’ sideline brimming with confidence from the onset with two scoring drives to open the game. While Miami managed just a couple of field goals, it was still far better than the 14-0 hole it fell into against the Patriots in each of the previous three meetings and it reaffirmed the players’ belief that this was possible.

“Our thing coming into this was just let’s get down there and let’s get attempts in the red zone,” he said. “Let’s just start getting attempts, whether its field goals, the touchdowns will come. We’ve been a pretty good red zone team whenever we get down there so it’s just a matter of us having as many attempts in the red zone as we could.”

Cutler led the Dolphins to two scores in their three trips to the red zone, hitting Jarvis Landry for a pair of touchdowns. He also connected with Jakeem Grant on a 25-yarder (and would’ve had another long one to him if not for Grant dropping it), and got Miami into field goal range twice.

In 12 possessions, the Dolphins scored five times and punted on the others. It was the first time since the season opener that they did not commit a turnover.

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