It didn’t have to be pretty, it didn’t have to be easy, but it did have to happen: the Dolphins needed to beat the Browns today at Sun Life Stadium. They did not. The Browns came to South Florida and left with a three-point win after a wild final two minutes ended with Browns’ kicker Phil Dawson kicking a game-winning 24-yard field goal.
With just 1:49 left in the final quarter, Dolphins CB Nolan Carroll saw a Jake Delhomme pass come right at him. Carroll got his hands on the ball, but was unable to squeeze it, and what could have been a game-winning interception return instead turned into a Cleveland punt. Just moments later, former Dolphin David Bowens tipped a Chad Henne pass at the line of scrimmage, and safety Mike Adams plucked it out of the air and returned it to the two-yard line to set up the game-winning score.
Henne finished the day with three interceptions, 174 yards, and a touchdown. On the other side, turnover-prone Delhomme finished 24-of-34 for 217 yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions.
The highlight of the day for the Fins was probably Dan Carpenter’s team-record 60-yard field goal right before halftime that tied the game at 3.
Next up for the 6-6 Dolphins, their first trip to the New Meadowlands Stadium and a date with the rival Jets next Sunday at 4:15. Tune into The Finsiders tomorrow from 4-7 to see us speak with Sparano, Henne, Jake Long, and others.
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