- James Walker, ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter
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Can't finish: The Dolphins proved once again that they lack the killer instinct it takes to be a consistent winner in the NFL. Miami fell to 5-6 and blew its second double-digit lead in the second half in the past month. The Dolphins led the Panthers 16-6 at intermission and had Carolina (8-3) reeling. But Miami failed to put the Panthers away and let them score 14 unanswered points to close out the game. The Dolphins also blew a 17-3 halftime lead to the Patriots in late October. Miami will regret both losses.
Big-play Wallace: Dolphins fans have been waiting for quarterback Ryan Tannehill and speedy receiver Mike Wallace to make big plays. Tannehill finally connected on a 53-yard touchdown pass to Wallace and another 57-yard catch in the first half that gave Miami some early momentum. Wallace finished with five catches for a season-high 127 yards and a touchdown. However, Wallace and Tannehill did miss on two additional connections that could have made a difference in the outcome of the game.
Investigation pending: The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin saga continues this week. NFL lead investigator Ted Wells spent a week in Miami talking to every Dolphins player, coach and key executives. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Wells will take his findings back to Martin for a second interview. Both sides got a chance to tell their story as the NFL is starting to get to the bottom of the situation.
Jets week: Next up for the Dolphins: a huge game against the New York Jets (5-6). Both AFC East rivals are fighting for the final wild-card spot with several other teams such as the Baltimore Ravens (5-6), Tennessee Titans (5-6) and Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6). Miami will play road games at the Jets and at the Steelers. These are essentially elimination games for the Dolphins.
A review of four hot issues from the Miami Dolphins' 20-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday:Can't finish: The Dolphins proved once again that they lack the killer instinct it takes to be a consistent winner in the NFL.