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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A rare Chad Pennington fumble was the lone turnover the Miami Dolphins committed Sunday against the New York Jets to tie the record for fewest in a season.
The Dolphins finished with 13 giveaways, one fewer than the 1990 New York Giants, who were coached by Dolphins football operations boss Bill Parcells.
But this year's Giants, coached by former Parcells assistant Tom Coughlin, also finished with 13 turnovers. They committed zero in Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
"We pride ourselves on playing tough, disciplined football," Pennington said. "We make sure we don't beat ourselves.
"The coaches talk about it all the time, but the best thing is our players have taken ownership of that. As players and a team, you have to take ownership of your responsibilities and what you're asked to do. Our guys have done that."
The Dolphins had more than one giveaway only once all year, when Pennington threw an interception and Ricky Williams fumbled in their Week 16 victory over the ball-hawking Kansas City Chiefs.
The Dolphins are one of only eight teams in NFL history to average less than one turnover per game.