The 49ers had 318 total yards of offense.
The Dolphins had 248.
The 49ers had 112 rushing yards.
The Dolphins had 98.
The 49ers went 8 of 17 on 3rd downs.
The Dolphins went 1 of 7.
The 49ers had the ball for 38:13.
The Dolphins for 21:47.
The 49ers had only 4 penalties for 22 yards.
The Dolphins had 8 penalties for 66 yards.
The 49ers had 24 first downs.
The Dolphins had 11.
The 49ers ran 79 plays.
The Dolphins ran 42.
There were no turnovers in the game, so by looking at the stat sheet, one would assume the Dolphins got handled and lost. But the stat that matters most, the score, had the Dolphins winning this game 14-9.
The 49ers simply could not finish drives, settling for three field goals, while the Dolphins scored two touchdowns. And that is the difference in the game. Sometimes stats are misleading and they were very misleading in this one. The defense, playing a bend but don't break style, allowed the 49ers to control the ball and control the clock, but tightened up when it mattered most. In the red zone.
The Dolphins offense, after some big plays early on, started to dink and dunk their way into a coma. Not scoring a single point in the second half. Tight end Joey Haynos, whoever that is, caught the game winning touchdown in the 2nd quarter.
It was the oddest way for a team that went 1-15 last year to win it's 9th game this year, guaranteeing a winning season. But it is what it is and the results are what they are.
The Dolphins are sitting at 9-5 and in the driver's seat to win the AFC East and get into the playoffs.
But if there is a next time for them to only control the ball for 21 minutes and go 1 of 7 on third downs, then they will probably play themselves right out of the playoffs, even if it is against a team like the lowly Chiefs.
Here's hoping Tony Sparano doesn't let this slide.
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