Rapid Reaction: Ravens 27, Dolphins 13
MIAMI -- All of the traits the Miami Dolphins want out of their football team evaporated on Sunday afternoon.
On their home field, they made mental mistakes, committed undisciplined penalties, couldn't come through on third down and wore down in the second half. The Baltimore Ravens came into Dolphin Stadium and won 27-13.
Baltimore's gritty defenders shut down Miami's Wildcat offense and running back Ronnie Brown, holding him to 28 total yards.
Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington rarely makes mistakes as costly as the one he made in the second quarter.
While wrapped up by a Ravens defender, Pennington tried to avoid the sack by dumping a pass to Patrick Cobbs in the left flat. But Terrell Suggs slipped in front of Cobbs, intercepted the throw and ran it back 44 yards for a touchdown.
The Ravens pounded the ball in the second half, taking advantage of Miami's weakened depth at defensive tackle. Jason Ferguson left the game with a first-quarter rib injury. Reserve Paul Soliai served a one-game team suspension for undisclosed reasons.
So the Ravens, on their first possession after the intermission, made runs of 9, 14, 14 and 8 yards. The last one came on a third-and-2 play from the Dolphins 30-yard line.
Miami held Baltimore to a field goal on that drive and came back to score a touchdown -- Pennington hit Davone Bess from 7 yards out -- but there weren't enough answers defensively.
The score would have been more lopsided if Willis McGahee hadn't fumbled on the Dolphins 5-yard line at the end of a 35-yard catch and run early in the fourth quarter.