Rapid Reaction: Dolphins 17, Raiders 15

November, 16, 2008
11/16/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

MIAMI -- The matchup was supposed to be easy for the Miami Dolphins.

The outcome, however, was loaded with anxiety.

Still, the Miami Dolphins took care of business Sunday against the hapless Oakland Raiders, winning 17-15 at home to keep pace in the AFC East.

The Dolphins didn't allow an offensive touchdown but trailed 15-14 with 4:30 to go. Chad Pennington drove them to victory. Along the way, he found Ted Ginn for a 7-yard gain on a probable do-or-die, fourth-and-5 play. Dan Carpenter kicked the winning 38-yard field goal.

The Dolphins remain one game behind the New York Jets for first place, climbed into a tie with the New England Patriots for second place at 6-4 and could separate themselves from the reeling Buffalo Bills, who will host the Cleveland Browns on Monday night.

Eleven weeks into the season, the Dolphins very much are postseason contenders and could make an even more emphatic push when the Patriots visit next Sunday.

They've recorded four consecutive victories for the first time since 2006, and their first three-game winning streak in Dolphin Stadium since 2005. They haven't been 6-4 or better since 2003.

Two games above .500 in mid-November? Who saw that coming when training camp broke?

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