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Sunday, January 4, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Ravens 27, Dolphins 9


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

MIAMI -- The calendar flipped over to 2009 this week, but it looked an awful lot like 2007 at Dolphin Stadium on Sunday.

After a magical season in which anything seemed possible for the Miami Dolphins, they reverted Sunday into the version fans endured in that mistake-filled 1-15 campaign.

That their relapse occurred in the first round of the playoffs was unfortunate. The Baltimore Ravens overwhelmed the Dolphins 27-9 to end one of the NFL's most remarkable seasons with a clunk.

Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington, who finished second in league MVP voting, threw a franchise-record four interceptions, and Patrick Cobbs lost a fumble to help the Ravens along.

The Dolphins committed only 13 turnovers all season, tying the NFL record for a 16-game season. At one point they had gone a record 17 straight games with one or fewer giveaways.