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November 26, 2012

G11: Dolphins 24, Seattle 21 (Final): Miami wins as Dan Carpenter celebrates birthday with 42-yard FG as time expires!

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G11: SEATTLE @ DOLPHINS: Final: Big second half by Tannehill, who finishes with 253 yards passing and leads winning drive. Team rushes for 189 yards. Big day by Davone Bess. Just enough defense. Nice win, perhaps rekindling playoff hopes, however faint. ..... 4Q: Dolphins win 24-21 on Dan Carpenter 24-yard FG as time expires. Happy birthday, Dan. This isn't one you'll forget. ... Game tied 21-21 on 80-yard Miami scoring drive capped by 29-yard Ryan Tannehill TD strike to Charles Clay. ... Bang! Dolfans not even done celebrating tying TD when SEA's Leon Washington returns kickoff 98 yards for TD and Dolphins down 21-14 with 7:54 to play. ... Huge luck for Miami! Tied 14-14 on Daniel Thomas 3-yard TD run with 8 minutes left after a Tannehill INT in end-zone is negated by a roughing-passer penalty. Tannehill has never been happier to be roughed. ... The big question isn't who'll win. It's how many sports writers will be able to avoid writing sprinklers-come-on jokes. ..... 3Q: Oy! Sprinklers come on during game, interupting play and soaking field for about 30 seconds. Not sure whose, but I hear somebody's head rolling. ... Seattle with its first lead, 14-7, on Russell Wilson 4-yard scoring toss to a wide-open Michael Robinson. ..... Half: Miami 89 yards rushing in first half but a mere 68 passing. ..... 2Q: SEA ties it 7-7 in final minute on 3-yard scoring pass from Russell Wilson to Anthony McCoy, after Jared Odrick misses a shoulda-been sack. ... Reggie Bush awakens crowd with artful 21-yard scoring run and a 7-0 Dolphins lead, capping 94-yard drive. ... Am about to take up a collection in the press box to pay one onf these teams to score. ... 1Q: First quarter a puntfest, snoozy even by scoreless-game standards. ... Ryan Tannehill intercepted on MIA's second series, his sixth pick in past nine quarters. ..... Pregame: As promised on the radio, the parade of popcorn has begun! ... Club just announced that $2.2 million was raised for cancer research through the Dolphins Cycling Challenge. Michael Mandich, your father Jim would be proud of you, and if this community. ..... Original post: The playoffs are running away from Miami. Fast. At 4-6 after three straight losses, the Dolphins now are a home underdog vs. visiting Seattle today, then host New England and play at 1aa1dolseaSan Francisco. In other words the record could tumble to 4-9 real quick if today slips away. So it is time to think of this season not in terms of any unlikely playoff run but in terms of what we learn this year moving forward. And that starts with rookie QB Ryan Tannehill. He seems to have regressed a bit lately and today he faces a fellow rookie arm in the Seahawks' Russell Wilson. For those reason, as I wrote Friday in this column, Sunday would be a very good day for Tannehill to be very good. Won-lost record aside, Dolfans are hungry for reasons to be believe, and that starts with the quarterback. Win or lose today, we are looking for signs -- affirmation -- that Tannehill is the right guy long term. My pick: Seattle, 23-17.

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