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Dolphins Resort to Trickery, Pluck Seahawks 21-19

On a day where the Miami Dolphins‘ mainstream offense failed them, they relied on some trickery to compete with the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday; the bag of tricks – including a flea-flicker and their Wildcat formation – proved effective, as Miami held on to nip Seattle 21-19, putting them to within one game of AFC East co-leaders Buffalo and New England.

The Dolphins drew first blood as on their opening drive in the first quarter, despite a 100-yard return by Ted Ginn, Jr. being erased by a holding penalty, quarterback Chad Pennington connected on a 39-yard touchdown pass to Ginn, Jr. – by way of a flea-flicker – giving Miami an early 7-0 lead. The Dolphins would score again on a 51-yard TD run by running back Ricky Williams – courtesy of the Wildcat formation – pushing the Dolphins’ lead to 14-0; however, six and a half minutes later, Pennington would throw a pick-6 (throw an interception that is returned for a touchdown) to Seattle safety Jordan Babineaux, cutting Miami’s lead to 14-7, a lead they would take into halftime.

The third quarter was low scoring, with only a pair of field goals by Seahawks kicker Olindo Mare, getting to within 14-13; the Wildcat formation came into play again on the Dolphins’ next score as RB Ronnie Brown ran into the end zone on a 16-yard dash, increasing the Dolphins’ lead to 21-13. With 2:57 left in the game, Seattle QB Seneca Wallace threw a 3-yard TD pass to WR Koren Robinson, narrowing the gap to 21-19 (the 2-point conversion failed). Seattle would recover the ball on the Miami 30-yard line on the next series, but the fumble recovery was overuled by the review booth; the Dolphins would subsequently punt. The Seahawks would advance to the Miami 49 before Wallace’s pass to tight end John Carlson with 18 ticks left on the clock would glance off of his hands, sealing the win for Miami.

Wallace and Pennington had sub-par performances, with Wallace going 21-of-38 for 185 yards and a TD while Pennington went 22-of-36 for 209 yards with a TD pass and an INT. Seattle’s running attack was led by Julius Jones with 88 yards on 16 carries while Miami was led by Williams with 105 yards on only 12 carries and a score while Brown ran for 39 yards and a score of his own.

WR Bobby Engram led all Seahawks receivers with 5 receptions for 63 yards while Carlson added 54 on 5 catches; Robinson caught 5 balls for 38 yards and a score. Ginn, Jr. led Miami with 4 receptions for 67 yards and a TD. Miami (5-4) plays again on Sunday when they host the Oakland Raiders while Seattle (2-7) returns home to host the NFC West division-leading Arizona Cardinals – also on Sunday.

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