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Duck hooks ala Greg Norman costs victory for Fins!!!

Posted By Daniel Saviuk On Sep 24 2012 @ 12:18 am In Miami Dolphins,NFL | No Comments

Remember the 1996 Masters, when Greg Norman had a 6 shot lead over Nick Faldo heading into the final round, only to crash and burn. That included a duck-hook iron shot to the par 3 16th, which flew into the water and helped cost him the Green Jacket.

Now, today September 23th, 2012:

It is Overtime, ball on the Jets’ 31, tie game 20-20. Crowd has their hands clinched tight together, praying that Dan Carpenter will kick the ball right through the uprights for a Game-Winning Field-Goal and everyone can go home happy. I was watching at my favorite sports’ bar Houligans, doing that with my hands.

Good snap, ball down, laces out, and Carpenter kicks it up, up, but it is hooking left. Not just a hook! It was a duck-hook that never had a chance!! And just like that, the game continues after a horrible miss from a guy who is normally money. He had a miss earlier from a yard closer. It went left as well. Another duck-hook. He missed from 47 and most costly 48. He tied the game at 20-20, by making a 41 yard FG. Everyone is dejected. It was so much reminscent of Greg Norman duck-hook shot on 16.

It that wasn’t enough, more drama happens:

The defense was getting tired and Mark Sanchez burned them with a 38 yard strike to Santanio Holmes. After 2 runs, it is 3rd and 7 from the Dolphins’ 16, Jets kicker Nick Folk kicks and it gets blocked by DT Randy Starks. But wait, Coach Philbin had called a TIMEOUT right before the snap to ICE the kicker. That NEVER works!! Now, Folk gets new life and drills a 33 yd FG to win the game with 6:04 left in OT. Ball game!!

The Dolphins are heading west now feeling: DEPRESSED, DEJECTED, DISAPPOINTED, and UNCERTAIN!! Why uncertain? Because at the end of the 1st half, and I have no idea why they didn’t take a knee; Reggie Bush goes down with a LEFT KNEE INJURY. He didn’t return to the game. He was off to great game: 10 carries, 61 yards. We pray NOTHING SERIOUS!!

Even without Bush, Daniel Thomas (19 carries, 69 yards, TD, Fumble Lost), and Lamar Miller (9 carries, 48 yards) still ran the ball effectively. Total rushing yards: Dolphins 184, Jets 88.

Tannehill played SOLID for the most part. His line: 16-36 (44.4%), 196 yards, 0TD’s, 1 INT, 50.2 QB Rating. He was hurt by a couple dropped passes (i.e. Anthony Armstrong) and he threw an ill-advised Interception in the beginning of the 3rd quarter, that Safety LaRon Landry picked off in front of Fasano and ran it back 18 yards to tie the game at 10-10.

Despite the INT, he led his team down the field with 2:52 left to setup Carpenter’s Game-Tying 41yd FG. He was helped by 19 yards defensive pass interference call. He tried his best to throw a TD to Hartline, but failed 2 times.

Under the new overtime rules, if the team with the ball first, doesn’t score a TD or a safety on their 1st possession, the opposing team can win on a FG..  The Dolphins stopped the Jets, and got the ball with a chance to win. Rookie DE Olivier Vernon almost had a gift-wrapped interception, because the ball was tipped and as he got to knees, the ball hit him in the chest and went to the ground.

In OT, Tannehill looked like a SEASON VETERAN. He threw this UNBELEIVEABLE PLAY-ACTION PASS down the right sideline that Hartline, made a TREMENDOUS CATCH for 41 yards to get to the Jets’ 35.  Watch this catch: http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap1000000065110/Hartline-41-yard-catch. [1]

Tannehill on 2nd down, looking Hartline, was robbed by the officials; when it was clear that Hartline was being held. A flag should have been thrown. It was that kind of day for Tannehill and Hartline. They connected on 1 pass and it was that AWESOME catch. Tannehill was more in sync with Bess (5 catches, 86 yards), and Fasano (5 catches, 47 yards). Here are Tannehill’s highlights: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000064777/Week-3-Ryan-Tannehill-highlights [2]

Here is a tidbit from espn.com, http://espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=320923015; [3]

Ryan Tannehill [4]‘s completion percentage when taking the snap under center on Sunday was 35.8 percent worse than his season average entering Week 3. Tannehill had nearly identical sample sizes (22.2 percent against the Jets, 22.7 percent of attempts from under center in Weeks 1
and 2) with far poorer results.  [-] [5]

Ryan Tannehill [4] When Taking Snap From Under

This Season
1st 2 Games Sunday
Comp-att 11-15 3-8
Yds/att 9.3 7.4
TD-Int diff 0 -1

Surprisingly, the Dolphins’ had Tannehill throw it more than I anticipated. Up 17-13 even after Carpenter’s 47 yard FG miss, instead of running it, Tannehill threw 3 straight incomplete passes. I would have thrown it once and then run it to take more time of the clock. The Fearsome Foursome wasn’t fearsome. Bush went down, Tannehill and Miller were solid, and Hartline made 1 super catch.

They still could have won the game though..

The Offensive Line was awesome today. Tannehill didn’t get sacked at all. Fullback Jovorskie delivered his usual punishing blocks to free up Bush, Thomas and Miller. He also scored his ever Touchdown to make the score 17-10 in the 3rd quarter.

The GOOD AND BAD of the Defense today. Let’s see: The Run Defense was fantastic. Shonn Greene had (19 carries, 40 yards, 2.1 Avg). The BAD: Santanio Holmes, who basically said this week, “The Dolphins’ secondary has holes, was RIGHT!!” Sanchez found him 9 times for 147 yards (16.3, with a long of 38 yards). Rookie Jeremy Kerley had a 66 yard catch, and 7 yd TD catch to put the Jets up 20-17. The Dolphins had 2 picks today, and made Sanchez throw 45 times, completing 21. Still gave up 306 yards, despite some dropped balls by Jets’ receivers. They did make Tebow virtually non-existant.

The Dolphins had the Jets on the ropes all day, but couldn’t deliver the knockout punch. Coach Ryan, and Coach Sparano exploited the secondary.

It would have been nice to see Coach Philbin and Coach Sherman let Tannehill air it out more. Now, we head to the desert to face the undefeated Arizona Cardinals.

Today, was OH! SO CLOSE!!!

All the stats: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/boxscore?gid=20120923015 [6]

You can see the missed FG, Bush’s injury right here: http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000064791/Jets-vs-Dolphins-highlights [7].,

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[1] http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap1000000065110/Hartline-41-yard-catch.: http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap1000000065110/Hartline-41-yard-catch

[2] http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000064777/Week-3-Ryan-Tannehill-highlights: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000064777/Week-3-Ryan-Tannehill-highlights

[3] http://espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=320923015;: http://espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=320923015

[4] Ryan Tannehill: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=14876/ryan-tannehill

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[6] http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/boxscore?gid=20120923015: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/boxscore?gid=20120923015

[7] http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000064791/Jets-vs-Dolphins-highlights: http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000064791/Jets-vs-Dolphins-highlights

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