The Jets were back in the race by early November after the awful start in 2002, Miami in 2005 was never in the race at any point.
The jets were 10-4 in 2004 and the Bills game ended before our game in SL ended. We attempted a 50+ yd FG in OT, we never attempt that FG if we have to win that game. It gave SL great FP to kick the GW FG. All we needed was a tie, if Buf hadn't lost(to Pittsburgh 2nbd and 3rd stringers at home by the way) there's no way we attempt that FG setting up SL for the GW FG.
We earned our spot in postseason every time, we won the required # of games in those particular seasons to get in.
Miami just missed out ONCE- in 2002. In 2003 they had no shot, in 2005 they had no shot, in 2009 they needed miracles. In 2002 Miami had to win one of their last 2 and lost both while the Jets beat up NE on the road(wouldn't lose another game in Foxboro for 3 more seasons) then humiliated 12-3 GB who was fighting for homefield throughout.
The bottom line is this, the Jets have been the much better franchise in recent years and over the past decade plus. In 2002 we won 1 playoff game, that's 1 more than Miami has won since 2001.