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September 22, 2013

Dolfan Satisfaction Meter: 99.0% (record); plus Dolphins 27, Atlanta 23; Tannehill leads winning late drive as Miami remains unbeaten at 3-0!

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Canesfan Satisfaction Meter: See results of latest CSM poll in blogpost directly below this.

Click on Ryan Comes Of Age for my column off Sunday's Dolphins win. This team matters again, and Ryan Tannehill is why.

DOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: G3: 99.0%: Results are certified in the latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show a record 99.0 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Sunday's 27-23 victory over the visiting Atlanta Falcons putting Miami's season record at 3-0. That includes 78.2% who call themselves "very" satisfied. The DSM, in its sixth season, is a continuous weekly gauge of how fans are feeling about the Dolphins and their direction. Right after each game I invite you to share your overall degree of satisfaction. Criteria for voting is your own, but I suggest fans consider the most recent game's performance and caliber of opponent, season as a whole, direction the club is heading and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Polls never close (you may still vote), but results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 8:45 a.m. today/Tuesday.

2013 DSM Results

G1: 86.5% satisfaction (20.3 very, 66.2 somewhat) following 23-10 victory at Cleveland.

G2: 98.8% satisfaction (71.9 very, 26.9 somewhat) following 24-20 victory at Indianapolis.

G3: 99.0% satisfaction (78.2 very, 20.8 somewhat) following 27-23 victory vs. Atlanta.

Next poll: Sept. 30 following game at New Orleans.

G3: ATLANTA @ DOLPHINS: TIME FOR MIAMI, DOLFANS TO MAKE A STAND -- Final: The Dolphins are relevant again because Ryan Tannehill has made them so. Click on Ryan Comes Of Age for my column off the game. Beating a good team when you don't play a great game is a nice sign for Miami. ..... 4Q: Jimmy Wilson interception with 26 seconds left clinches it. ... Dion Sims 1-yard TD pass from Tannehille with 38 seconds left and 27-23 Dolphins lead. ... Bryant wide right on 35-yard try with 4:46 left in regulation. Big miss. ... Bryant 33-yard FG has ATL back up 23-20 with 11:39 to play. ..... 3Q: Miami ties it 20-20 in final minute of 3rd on Tanny 18-yard strike into end zone to Brian Hartline. Was set by up special-team fumble recovery at ATL 19. Don Jones jarred ball loose with huge hit and John Denney recovered. ... Tannehill is intercepted from Atlanta 35 on ball that glances off Charles Clay's fingertips. Missed chance; drove started at 50. ... A smart red flag. Ball was trapped. And sho nuff catch is overruled. ... ... MIA within 20-13 on Sturgis 50-yard FG. Even with the make, though, wonder if Dolphs should have gone for it on 3rd-and-1 from the Falcs 32. ... ATL now up 20-10 after 2-yard TD throw from Matt Ryan to Levine Toilolo. (Levine Toilolo!) Tannehill fumbled on a sack at Miami 12 to hand-deliver the score, helped by Nolan Carroll pass interference in end zone. ..... Half: I'd say Dolphins are thrilled to be only down 13-10 at half and that ATL is oppositely concerned, considering Falcons' domination. Time of possession favors Falcs by a ridiculous 22:48 to 7:12, and Miami has allowed 15 first down. Need to get off field defensively and sustain a drive our two. ..... 2Q: Caleb Sturgis 46-yard FG on half's final play has MIA within 13-10. ... Dion Jordan big 3rd-down stop forces Falcs to settle for 20-yard FG and 13-7 lead. ... Dolphins defense is being gouged. Tanny might need to put up 30 the way this game is going. ... Not good: Cam Wake on a staionary bike instead of on the field. ... MIA within 10-7 on Daniel Thomas 5-yard scoring run. Lamar Miller 49-yard burst and gorgeous 3rd-down Tanny to Brandon Gibson completion led the way. ... Matt Bryant 52-yard FG for 10-0 lead. ..... 1Q: Miserable first quarter for Miami. Fans just about zero to cheer so far. ... Sack and punt end Miami's opening drive. Not the start you envision for your home opener. ... Wow, MIA defense just got hammered and handled on an 80-yard, 14-play, near-9-minute opening drive. Matt Ryan 7-yard shovel pass to Jason Snelling finished it for a 7-0 Falcs lead. ..... Pregame: Pressbox calamity! I must say: the elimination of the pressbox popcorn machine has my mood grayer than the sky. The sky has since cleared, but I continue to mourn the void of my comforting snack. ... Light rain falling. (I guess I didn't really need the word "falling" there, did I?). ... No surprises on inactives list, which confirms DT Paul Soliai won't play today. ..... Original post: The Dolphins have piqued curiosity with a 2-0 start forged on the road. They have become a little bit of a talking point in the national media, all of the chatter in the "are they for real?" context. Today's 48th franchise home opener 1aa1aaa3 1aa1atlmiaanswers that, either with a resounding yes or with the question (and doubts) still lingering. Beating a very good Falcons team would announce these Dolphins as real -- as playoff-caliber. Dolfans also are on stage as the club tries to reestablish a home-field advantage. Miami has been only 36-44 at home over the previous 10 seasons, hardly an advantage at all. The quarterback duel will be an interesting subtext today. Matt Ryan, of course, is the QB Miami could have drafted No. 1 overall in 2008, but took tackle Jake Long instead, with Ryan going third overall to Atlanta. Ryan Tannehill outpitching Ryan today would in some way (at least symbolically) justify that earlier decision. Both team have fought injury issues this week, including Tannehill's shoulder, but Falcons RB Steven Jackson is the only prominent starter definitely out. My pick: Dolphins, 24-20.

1aa1shula50HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, DON SHULA!: It was 50 years ago today, Sept. 22, 1963 (exactly two months before JFK was assassinated), that Don Shula achieved his first career coaching victory in what would end up as a record-setting number. His Baltimore Colts beat the San Francisco 49ers 20-14 in low-60s temps at Kezar Stadium in the season's second game, led by Johnny Unitas' 288 passing yards. Thanks to reader Fred Linger for the tip, and for the image of the game program from that day.

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