QB Matt Moore, LT Jake Long, CB Vontae Davis, and LG Vernon Carey were all lost for at least part of the game after suffering injuries as the previously relatively healthy Dolphins couldn’t overcome those injuries or three turnovers in a game that took far longer than the average NFL contest.
Moore suffered a head injury and left for good towards the tail end of the third quarter after going 11-of-19 for 95 yards, a touchdown, an interception, and a fumble lost.
He was replaced by JP Losman, who threw for 60 yards on 6-of-10 passing and was also sacked in the endzone for a safety.
The final score doesn’t show it, but the Dolphins got off to a great start in this game. They blocked a Chas Henry punt on the first possession of the game, which set them up in good field position and led to Moore’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall. Additionally, Jason Taylor picked up two early sacks to move ahead of Richard Dent and John Randle on the all-time list and into sixth place with 138.5 in his career.
The Eagles, though, would score 24 unanswered points in the second quarter and three of their four scores immediately followed Dolphins’ turnovers–which tells the story of the second 15 minutes of this game.
In the second half, the Dolphins were only able to muster a 22-yard Dan Carpenter field goal as both Moore and Losman spent much of the later parts of the long afternoon trying to avoid a Philadelphia pass rush that was relentless. With under five minutes to go, down 16, the Dolphins reached the Eagles’ 11-yard line but after a holding penalty, a series of incompletions and a fourth down sack, Miami turned it over on downs.
The Fins now hit the road for back-to-back games at Buffalo and New England before returning to Miami to conclude the 2011 season on New Year’s Day 2010 against the Jets.
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