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Monday, September 21, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Colts 27, Dolphins 23



Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham


MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins actually rolled out the orange carpet before Monday night's game. Flash bulbs popped as various celebrities, most of them with a piece of the team, strutted into Land Shark Stadium to see their team play the Indianapolis Colts.

Tiger Woods, Jennifer Lopez, Venus and Serena Williams were there. Jimmy Buffett performed in the parking lot before kickoff.

Stephen Ross tried to bring some sizzle to his first home opener as Dolphins owner, but his team fizzled in the final minutes of a 27-23 Colts victory.

The Dolphins are 0-2 but would be .500 in a wide open AFC East had their defense made a stop.

Dan Carpenter kicked a 45-yard field goal off the Florida Marlins' infield dirt to give the Dolphins a 23-20 lead with 3:55 to play.

Here's what the Colts did on the ensuing drive:
Four plays, 44 yards, 43 seconds. Lead lost. No response.

Miami's offense, effective behind running back Ronnie Brown for much of the game, crumbled on the final drive. They wasted time, burned timeouts before they wanted to, and recovered their own fumble.

Brown's effort was wasted. He rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns.