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September 30, 2012

G4: Arizona 24, Dolphins 21 (Final/OT): Heartbreak (again); 2nd straight overtime loss overshadows big day for Tannehill, Hartline

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G4: DOLPHINS @ ARIZONA: Final: Another heartbreak for Miami and Dolfans, a second straight OT defeat. Tannehill passed for 431 yards to break Dan Marino's club rookie record, and Hartline caught 253 yards in passes to break Chris Chambers' club record, but, alas, neither feat can be celebrated much tonight. ..... OT: Killer. Ex-Dolphin Jay Feely boots 46-yard FG for 24-21 'Zona win. ... Tannehill, while being hit, throws interception. ... Looking for a better overtime finish than a week ago vs. Jets. ..... 4Q: said it was easy being a Dolfan? Kolb 15-yard TD pass to Roberts ties it 21-21 with 29 seconds left ... Tannehill loses fumble on sack. ... That was about the nuttiest minute of football I can remember. First Legedu Nannee's fumbled catch is returned inside the Dolphins' 10. Then Sean Smith's second INT rescues Miami. Then Tannehill and Hartline hook up for an 80-yard TD, after which the 2-point conversion pass is good. Wow. ... Andre Roberts 46-yard pass from Kolb gives 'Zona first lead at 14-13 with about 9 minutes left. Richard Marshall is not an NFL-capable starting cornerback. Tannehill with his chance to be a hero ..... 3Q: Tannehill intercepted. This one counts. Momentum shifting? ... Lucky break. Tannehill called interception by Adrian Wilson reversed on review. ... Larry Fitzgerald 3-yard scoring pass from Kevin Kolb has Cacti within 13-7. ... Carpenter just wide on 51-yard FG try. ... Half: dreamy half for Miami, with the defense limiting Arizona to 68 total offensive yards and Ryan Tannehill a sharp 15-for-21 for 219 yards -- 196 of them to Brian Hartline (110) and Davone Bess (86). Very, very impressive start for the visitors. ..... 2Q: Carpenter 27-yard FG and 13-0 lead set up by Smith pickoff. ... Sean Smith interception in final minute secures shutout half for Miami. ... Jorvorskie Lane bulls in on a 4th-and-1 for a 10-0 Miami lead just inside 2-minute warning. Like that gamble. Would have liked the call even if they'd failed. ... Cameron Wake-s up, goes from zero season sacks to three in the first half. ... The excitement is palpable, can't you feel it? But enough about the Ryder Cup. Back to the football game. ... Former goat Dan Carpenter with 32-yard FG and 3-0 Miami lead. ..... 1Q: Ryan Tannehill very sharp in a scoreless first quarter (8-10, 86 yards). Encouraging start for Miami. ..... Original post: Somehow, when we weren't looking, the once lowly Arizona Cardinals became mighty. At 3-0 they are one of only three remaining unbeatens. Their record is 10-2 dating to last 1aa1cardsdolsmidseason, best in the league. Their defense is very good. They have won seven home games in a row. For these reasons and dash of Larry Fitzgerald I think your Dolphins will have a tough time today out in the desert. The Cacti can get to the opposing QB so Ryan Tannehill needs to be careful and not rookie-acting. I do give Miami a medium upset shot assuming Reggie Bush plays as expected. The Dolphins' D-line should dominate 'Zona's weak offensive line, and, in what figures as a low-scoring game, one or two freak plays could turn this, such as a return TD or defensive score. Your thoughts welcome. (Quick observation on the two logos pictured. You can give them an angry look and a mean stare, but it is nevertheless remains very difficult to make either a bottlenose dolphin or a small bird appear all that menacing). My pick: Arizona, 20-10.

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