The Dolphins executed a second half rally, only to lose to the Titans in overtime, 27-24.
Miami Dolphins (24) @ Tennessee Titans (27)
The Dolphins (7-7) had their chance to pull this game out, but like many games this season for the Phins, it just did not work out in their favor. The Titans (7-7) showed up to play, as Vince Young helped command a 17-6 halftime lead. But the Dolphins came out in the second half with potentially their season on the line, battling back to tie the ball game and send it into overtime.
Unfortunately for the Phins, this turned out to not be their afternoon. A third interception by Chad Henne, this time in OT, helped set up the game winning field goal by Rob Bironas, leaving the Titans victorious, 27-24. The Dolphins displayed a ton of heart and resilience late in the game, orchestrating a last minute drive and a two point conversion to bring the battle into overtime, but the Titans finished off the Phins soon thereafter.
Henne had a productive day, despite throwing three interceptions, but definitely showcased his talent, totaling 349 yards in the air. At worst, Miami has found their franchise quarterback in Henne. Ricky Williams slowly accumulated a solid game and came through in crunch time, running in a two point conversion to temporarily tie the match with just under two minutes to go. But in the end, it was the Titans who prevailed.
This was a tough loss for Miami, not only because they now fall into the 7-7 playoff war with half of the AFC, but this was a game they could have taken from the Titans at home. Miami has been nothing but exciting to watch this season, and their presence in the postseason would only make the playoffs even more exciting than what it is looking like it will be. Miami had their shot to gain a step on the wildcard race, especially with Denver eventually losing to Oakland, but instead they gave the Titans a shot to make a run for themselves.
Tennessee continued their second half surge with this win, and they have become the team that nobody wants to play. The Dolphins battled them down to the bitter end, but the Titans proved to ultimately be the better ballclub in this matchup. Miami must remain focused and win the last two games on their schedule, luckily both at home, against the Texans and Steelers. Both Houston and Pittsburgh also sit at 7-7, so expect each gmae to be a war within itself.
Against the Titans, Miami had over one hundred more yards and controlled the time of possession, but it was the turnovers that ultimately did them in. For Miami to now win a wildcard spot, they will need to limit those turnovers and hope for the best case scenario. The Phins now must bank on Denver or Baltimore faltering down the stretch to give Miami an opportunity for a wildcard birth. With so many tough losses this year against quality teams, it almost feels as if Miami deserves a spot in the playoffs this year. This was a really tough loss for Miami.
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Written by Josh Souder