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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Missed YACkles doomed Dolphins



Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham


Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano revealed a couple of stats from his video breakdown of Monday night's indigestible 27-23 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

The Dolphins missed seven tackles the entire game. Sure seemed like more. Not bad.

The Dolphins surrendered 154 yards after the catch. Not good. Not good at all.

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning ran only 35 plays -- the fewest in Colts history. But they gained an absurd 10.2 yards per play. Manning was 14 of 23 for 303 yards and two touchdowns.

"Eight of those receptions yielded 154 yards after the catch, and you have to believe in your heart that if you get them down on the ground a couple of times, then maybe we have a chance," Sparano said. "We missed some tackles, yeah."

Overall, however, Sparano wasn't upset with how his team tackled -- or didn't.

"We did not have a lot of missed tackles," Sparano said. "They tackled pretty well. It is just a few of them were glaring."