Miami's offense sputtered pretty much all game once again, and their defense bent all the way to the red zone, but when you keep the other team out of the end zone you are bound to win.
The 49ers offense hit the Dolphins with many short passes and ended up dominating the time of possession, but the Dolphins defense was relentless. On the final play of the game Joey Porter had his only sack of the game, but it came at the right time on 4th down for the 49ers on our 20 yard line with about a half minute to play. I knew we were going to win it as Hill had not shown the ability to hit anyone 20 yards down the field who was not wide open.
What are the problems offensively for the Dolphins? My guess is that a lot of it is offensive line problems. Chad Pennington stays under pressure and there is little room to run. Injuries along the OL have not helped this team and Pennington's savy has covered over a multitude of problems there. It will take some time and another player or two. We saw Sparano slide Satele over to guard some today. Something is going on there and there is word that the Dolphins are not too thrilled with him even though many analysts have given him some kudos.
So, the Dolphins find themselve still tied with the Jets at 9-5 and the Patriots are handing out a can of whoop right now to the Raiders. We are headed to a real showdown the last game of the season if the Dolphins can beat the Chiefs next week.
And you know what? It looks like the Dolphins could be right in the playoff mix, but Jason Taylor, who demanded a trade out of Miami to a playoff caliber team, lost again today to fall 7-7 in a competitive NFC East division. I think it is very possible that JT could be watching the Dolphins in the playoffs as he finds his season over. Lesson learned.
Be sure to come by tomorrow morning to read Rich's analysis on the game.
I'm just giving out one and it's to the entire Dolphins defense. Nice job today, fellas!
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