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G12: DOLPHINS 34, OAKLAND 14: MIAMI DOMINATES!: Final: A rarity. A day of all-round dominance by Dolphins. Click on A Reminder of Better Times for my column off the game. ..... 4Q: Another late TD pass draws Oakland closer at 31-14. ..... Carson Palmer 40-yard TD pass to a wide-open T.J. Houshmandzadeh averts shutout, makes it 34-7 with 7:51 to play. ..... Matt Moore still in for Miami. Imagine we'll see backup QB JP Losman next series. ..... 3Q: Kevin Burnett interception off a deflection and 34-yard TD return for a 34-score with 4:41 left. ..... Matt Moore 6-yard TD run makes it 27-0 with 5:01 left in third. ..... Raider Richard Seymour ejected for throwing a punch. A lame punch at that! ..... Clyde Gates 77-yard kickoff return launches second half for Miami. That and a pass interference penalty in end zone set up 1-yard Reggie Bush TD run and 20-0 lead with 13:56 to play. ..... . ..... Half: Miami defense dominating, allowing Oakland only 107 total yards in first half. Here comes the halftime ceremony honoring the late Jim Mandich with his Honor Roll induction. Well deserved. ..... 2Q: Big sack by a blitzing Vontae Davis. ..... Davone Bess 12-yard scoring pass on slant from Matt Moore and Dolphins in charge, 13-0, with 8:24 to play. ..... Kevin Burnett penalty negates Karlos Dansby INT, but Burnett makes amends with punt-forcing sack of Carson Palmer. ..... 1Q: Bush beats their Bush. Reggie led Michael in 1Q rushing yards, 53-3. ..... Miami has 1st and 10 from Oakland 11 but somehow settles for another FG, this from 33 yards, and a 6-0 lead with 1:30 left. ..... Dan Carpenter 48-yard FG and a 3-0 Miami lead with 10:11 to play. ..... Original post: A meeting of two franchises steeped in history and good ol' days both trying to find some good new days. Dolphins improbably shook off 0-7 to win three straight before losing by 1-point at Dallas on Thanksgiving, an impressive 3-1 surge. But a surge to what? To respectability? To maybe saving coach Tony Sparano's job? To simply a lower first-round draft pick? Finding out is the intrigue left in this season as Miami tries out the spoiler role, hoping today to deal a hit to Oakland's playoff chances. A tossup game, to me, but I like Miami's chances of controlling the ball, clock and game against a Raiders run-defense allowing 5.3 yards per carry. Pick: Dolphins, 23-17.