The Fins held a halftime lead for the third time this season, but were unable to close it out, as they scored just three points in the final two quarters and watched a 14-10 lead after two disappear.
QB Matt Moore was a standout in the first half, but the Giants defense seemed to adjust and held the Miami offense in check for much of the second half. Moore finished the day 13-of-22 for 138 yards and also ran five times for 31 yards and a touchdown.
Third down was once again a bugaboo for the Dolphins, as well. They began the day 4-of-4 on third down but converted just one of nine the rest of the way.
In the second half, Giants QB Eli Manning methodically chopped away at the Dolphins defense and finished his afternoon 31-of-45 for 349 yards and two touchdowns, including the eventual game-winner to Victor Cruz with 5:58 left in the final quarter.
As for the run games, the Dolphins did a nice job holding the Giants in check, but Manning did more than enough to make up for it . On the other side, Reggie Bush carried 15 times for 103 yards (6.9 yards per carry) in Daniel Thomas’s absence–but was unable to find the endzone.
To the Dolphins credit, they did a nice job limiting mistakes, as the only turnover of the day came on a fourth and 23 to essentially end the game. Penalties were limited, as well, though Brandon Marshall was flagged for a mysterious offensive pass interference call that came at a critical time in the fourth quarter, with the Dolphins nursing a 17-13 lead.
Next up, another tough road test, as the Dolphins head to Arrowhead to meet the Chiefs next Sunday at 1.
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