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Sunday, January 4, 2009
Fins land first jab, but Ravens D has a chin


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins struck the first blow, but it was more like a jab than the haymaker they could have landed to start Sunday's playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.

On the game's opening drive, Dolphins defensive end Vonnie Holliday forced a Le'Ron McClain fumble that linebacker Joey Porter pounced on.

The Dolphins offense made it look easy as it drove to a second-and-goal from the Ravens' 1-yard line. But a Chad Pennington incompletion and a Ronnie Brown run for no gain forced Miami to settle for a 19-yard Dan Carpenter field goal rather than a tone-setting touchdown.