Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Another look at why the Dolphins should've won
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
MIAMI -- Some interesting stats from a game the Miami Dolphins played masterfully on offense, but their soft defense made way too easy for Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts:
- The Dolphins broke their single-game record for time of possession (since it became an official stat in 1977) by keeping the ball for 45 minutes, 9 seconds.
- Their previous mark was 43:39 on Dec. 7, 1987 against the New York Jets. The Dolphins won that game 37-28.
- Five previous times in franchise history the Dolphins have had more than 41 minutes in time of possession. They won each time. They had the ball for 40:56, but lost to the Buffalo Bills in overtime Oct. 9, 1983.
- Indianapolis is the first team since time of possession was logged to win the game with control of the ball for less than 15 minutes.
- The Dolphins limited the Colts to 35 offensive plays. That's a Colts record, two fewer than what they had in a 31-17 loss to the Denver Broncos on Dec. 21, 2003.
- The Dolphins ran 85 plays, but that's not a Colts record. The New England Patriots got off 88 in a 23-20 overtime victory over the Colts on Oct. 29, 1989.
- Miami ran for 239 yards, its best rushing performance since they gained 270 on the ground Dec. 1, 2002. Ricky Williams had 228 yards in a loss to the Bills.
- Only three teams since 2003 have lost when rushing for 239 or more yards. The New York Jets did it last year against the Oakland Raiders.
- Miami threw it, too. Ted Ginn caught 11 passes, tied for third-most in club history. Given all of the prolific passing performances over the years, that's saying something.