Tuesday, December 7, 2010
AFC East Week 13 decisive moment
By Tim Graham
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The Miami Dolphins were in a must-win situation Sunday at home.
They never led the Cleveland Browns in Sun Life Stadium, but the Dolphins never were down more than a score, either. Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne found Anthony Fasano for a touchdown with 10:27 left to tie it at 10.
With 1:34 left remaining, the Dolphins took over on their own 25-yard line and had a timeout. At a minimum, they appeared on their way to overtime.
Ronnie Brown ran for 1 yard.
Henne threw an incomplete pass to Fasano.
Now the Dolphins were in a spot. They had a third-and-9 situation with 65 seconds left. The Browns still had all three timeouts.
Henne threw a pass to his left toward popular third-down target Davone Bess. Browns defensive end David Bowens stuck up a paw and deflected the ball. Defensive back Mike Adams snagged the ricochet and returned it to the Dolphins' 2-yard line.
Three kneeldowns later, Phil Dawson kicked a 23-yard field goal to deny the Dolphins another home victory.