Wrap-up: Cardinals 24, Dolphins 21 (OT)
September, 30, 2012
By James Walker | ESPN.com
Here are some thoughts on the Arizona Cardinals' 24-21 overtime victory over the Miami Dolphins.
What it means: The Dolphins suffered another heart-breaking loss for the second consecutive week. Miami lost in overtime in back-to-back games and fell to 1-3 on the season. The Dolphins were legitimately a few plays away from 3-1. Miami plays hard but can't seem to make the plays in crucial moments when it matters.
What I liked: We saw the maturation of Miami rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He threw for 431 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. It was a big day for Miami's receivers. Brian Hartline had a career-high 253 yards and an 80-yard touchdown reception. Expect a lot of fantasy players to pick him up next week if he's available. Miami’s defense also played well. Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake registered 4.5 sacks.
What I didn't like: The Dolphins made mistakes at crucial times, which seems to be the mark of this team. The Dolphins gave up a 15-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts at the end of regulation to force overtime, and Tannehill was hit on a big interception that set up the Cardinals' game-winning field goal in overtime. Miami is not a clutch team. This is a young team learning how to win and the Dolphins are suffering through some tough growing pains.
What’s next: The Dolphins have another road game next week against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals improved to 3-1 after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Final Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14 Final Detroit 23 Buffalo 0 Final Indianapolis 7 Cincinnati 35 Final New York 7 Philadelphia 37 Final St. Louis 13 Miami 14 Final Kansas City 14 Green Bay 34 Final Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0 Final New England 13 New York 16 Final Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10 Final Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13 Final Chicago 13 Cleveland 33 Final San Francisco 40 Houston 13 Final Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3 Final Denver 27 Dallas 3 Final Arizona 9 San Diego 12 Final Seattle 31 Oakland 41