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Dolphins somehow beat Rams, improve to 3-3

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The Dolphins just beat the Rams 17-14, and having watched it, it’s still hard to understand why.

The Rams outgained the Dolphins 462-192, and had three replay calls go their way, but still couldn’t make it matter.

Sam Bradford benefitted from an accurate interpretation of the tuck rule, and a Chris Givens fumble was ruled an incomplete pass.

But they misfired in the red zone, and along with three misses by rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein (including a 66-yard attempt late) couldn’t capitalize.

Bradford’s fourth-down touchdown, which cut the Dolphins’ lead to 17-14, was also upheld after a lengthy review.

Credit the Dolphins for playing an efficient, if not attractive game.

Their defense was as stout as a defense that allowed 462 yards can be. They ran for 19 yards. Did we mention they won?

Ryan Tannehill was a clean 21-of-29 for 185 yards and two touchdowns, but he didn’t make any mistakes.

The result leaves both teams at 3-3.

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39 Responses to “Dolphins somehow beat Rams, improve to 3-3”
  1. toadthechoad says: Oct 14, 2012 4:22 PM

    Rams completely dominated every aspect of the game. Although, yet again not being able to get in the end zone killed them. Frustrating to watch a team control a game like that yet lose. Credit to the dolphins though, they did what they had to do to win the game.

  2. mrrayfinkle says: Oct 14, 2012 4:22 PM

    haters gonna hate

  3. ghjjf says: Oct 14, 2012 4:27 PM

    Last time I checked, games are won by points scored not by yards gained..

  4. ramcountry says: Oct 14, 2012 4:28 PM

    Rams sure make scoring look hard.

  5. randyextry says: Oct 14, 2012 4:29 PM

    That’s a game the Dolphins usually lose. The tide is turning in Miami.

  6. thelastpieceofcheese says: Oct 14, 2012 4:30 PM

    Dolphins had the lead, thus they went into a prevent defense to have the Rams use up clock and not score.

    Game stats are for losers!

  7. tfaulk says: Oct 14, 2012 4:30 PM

    “Rams completely dominated every aspect of the game.”

    Penalties, turnovers, missed field goals, third down INefficiency…

  8. rangers84 says: Oct 14, 2012 4:36 PM

    Have absolutely no idea how we lost that game.

    Dominant D
    Dominant running game
    Bradford did what he wanted (when he had time)

    Credit to the fins and Coach Philbin, who is a man with class. Rams are young and still need to figure out how to win on the road.

    Still can’t get my head around it

  9. dolfanatik says: Oct 14, 2012 4:38 PM

    Big win for Dolphins. Playing a team in exact same situation. New Regime, young Qb. And defenses playing above expectations.

  10. spfripp says: Oct 14, 2012 4:40 PM

    Rams had a great game plan. I felt Philbin was out coached in that aspect but one thing about Philbin, he is very anal about the smallest detail and I think that is where Miami won the game because not only the Rams did everything better then Miami, they also had the officials on their side. Before anyone starts bashing me about the officiating, I am not only talking about the 2 questionable fumbles or should I say non fumbles. I am also talking about the hands to the face calls that were correctly call against Miami but were not called against the Rams.

  11. dolphins1121 says: Oct 14, 2012 4:42 PM

    Yep, well this is how it was for the Dolphins against the Cardinals. It’s our turn to finally get one of these kinds of games. Go Fins, baby. Respect is coming for this team.

  12. miamatt says: Oct 14, 2012 4:42 PM

    If the Arizona game was a Dan Marino performance for Tannehill, this was a Brian Griese game. Smart, efficient, and- most importantly- a win!

    (not intended to be a shot at Marino, speaking stylistically)

  13. FinFan68 says: Oct 14, 2012 4:48 PM

    The refs were horrible in that game. That was NOT an accurate tuck rule call. You first have to start a throwing motion and pull it back. Bradford was patting the ball. There have been 4-5 horrible calls (all reviewed) that went against Miami in the last two weeks alone. I am pretty objective on these and the announcers were confused on all of them and even said they were bad calls. The refs also flagged Long (StL) on a ridiculous PF against Tannehill.

    I saw another play from another game (on red zone) where the officials called a false start and then counted the down. These are as bad as the replacements were. The ONLY thing better is the time management aspect.

    As for the game results, the Rams dominated the first half but could not score TDs. The Dolphins are a scrappy team and played much better in the 2nd half. The adjustments have been very good every week and this team is learning how to win close games. Crappy record or not, the Dolphins are a tough team to beat and are getting better. Don’t count them out this year.

  14. lostsok says: Oct 14, 2012 4:50 PM

    Vernon Olivier quietly had a coming out game.

  15. drainbameged says: Oct 14, 2012 4:52 PM

    Rams didn’t dominate the scoreboard…Us dolfans know that’s the most important state

  16. hehateme2 says: Oct 14, 2012 5:26 PM

    Well.. scoreboard!
    just got back from the game and it was pretty much as expected on Friday. Dolphins controled the game with the rams only having 6 points for the majority.

    Another example of a dome team that can’t compete in the natural elements. Field goal kicked= epic fail .
    No points for the yardage = losing.

  17. phinfan says: Oct 14, 2012 5:26 PM

    The defense played against the Rams and the ZEBRAS and still won!!! Go fins!!!

  18. finsrule2222 says: Oct 14, 2012 5:41 PM

    I believe you mean bob griese. or at least i hope so lol. brian griese isnt someone i want tannehill compared to.

    Also Olivier Vernon did his thing today. BIG sack on the final rams drive to push them back 3 yards. I think Greg the Leg is much more confident walking up to a 63 yarder than a 66 yarder.

    Big win for the dolphins. As of now were in the playoff hunt. I don’t know if we can play like this all year, but at least we’re in it and we know tannehill has a future.

    Still hurts, cuz after every game I look back and say “we could be at least 4-2 if we could have finished either the jets or cardinals game”

  19. jakescott13 says: Oct 14, 2012 5:43 PM

    The dolphins out scored the rams which is how they won. In the NFL you must out score your opponent to win. I guess that’s a difficult concept for some?? The refs tried their darnedest to help the Rams win as well.

  20. thesportsguy52 says: Oct 14, 2012 5:47 PM

    Why is this article making it seem like Tannehil didn’t have a great game against a solid D? Does EVERYTHING have to be fantasy stats and yards these days?!

  21. fordraptorforum says: Oct 14, 2012 6:42 PM

    Can’t say I agree with the Tuck Rule call that went Bradford’s way. Even if Mike Pereira defended the call that doesn’t make it right PFT. Watch the replay… Bradford brings the ball back in, puts both hands on it, then fumbles out of his LEFT (non-throwing) hand. Anyway you slice it, that’s a fumble.

  22. hehateme2 says: Oct 14, 2012 6:44 PM

    Tannehill> bradford

  23. daddyb1gdrawz says: Oct 14, 2012 7:15 PM

    None of the Dolphins games are pretty. They have surpased my expectations so far. They have one receiver that can get playing time on an average offense and that is Devon Bess. Brian Hartline is being treated like a #1 by the defense and he has been shut down ever since that huge game. With the exception of Cam Wake, they have no pass rush and must blitz to get pressure. I still believe Miami is a 6 win team and I am a Dolfan.

  24. hehateme2 says: Oct 14, 2012 7:21 PM

    Tannehill had to put the ball in his hands and he succeeded with two clutch touchdown drives, finishing the day 21-of-29 for 185 yards, two touchdowns and a career-best 112.0 passer rating.

  25. orthomarine says: Oct 14, 2012 7:34 PM

    Tanne and Philbin made us relevant again

  26. finsrule2222 says: Oct 14, 2012 7:59 PM

    None of the Dolphins games are pretty. They have surpased my expectations so far. They have one receiver that can get playing time on an average offense and that is Devon Bess. Brian Hartline is being treated like a #1 by the defense and he has been shut down ever since that huge game. With the exception of Cam Wake, they have no pass rush and must blitz to get pressure. I still believe Miami is a 6 win team and I am a Dolfan.

    ________________________________
    clearly you are not sir. and if you are then you’re the worst fan in the nfl lol. I mean ya the games aren’t necessarily flashy, but who cares? also i think if you’re a dolphins fan you would know how to spell davone bess. not sure how we don’t have a pass rush when we were tired with the rams in sacks coming in to the game.

    maybe you’re just the fan that is tired of getting his hopes up and having the dolphins break your heart again. but damn have some optimism. we finally have a quarterback. and we’re tied for first in the division. think where we were last year (0-6) and how far we’ve come

  27. ishudbgm says: Oct 14, 2012 8:18 PM

    Just wanted to point out that the Fins were supposedly “spurned” by Fisher which I was actually happy about. Fisher has coached for like 179 years now and still has no Super Bowl ring or has very many appearances in them. IF Fisher was the coach of the Fins and could only come up with 6 points for most of the game (sparano-style) I would be livid but then to spend 3 more opportunities taking FGs in weird Miami weather from the same direction 3 times with a ROOKIE kicker….I would put up 10 billboards asking for him to be fired. I thought Fisher was a great coach, how do you blow so much time at the end of the game and then try a 66 yard FG??? #PHILBINwastheRIGHTchoice FINSup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. patssmelllikepoo says: Oct 14, 2012 8:31 PM

    The refs were horrible in that game. That was NOT an accurate tuck rule call. You first have to start a throwing motion and pull it back. Bradford was patting the ball. There have been 4-5 horrible calls (all reviewed) that went against Miami in the last two weeks alone.

    ————————————-

    Oh snap!!! You have uncovered the NFL’s conspiracy to stop the Dolphins from winning more than 6 games for the 4th year strait. Good job, what’s next Dick Tracy?

  29. finsphan says: Oct 14, 2012 8:45 PM

    wake its the only one who gives pressure huh, nice call dolphins fan, I mean it’s not like they are one of the best in the league at qb sacks and hurries, oh, not to mention they are #1 in rush d and top 10 in scoring d. good call there buddy

  30. tfaulk says: Oct 14, 2012 8:53 PM

    The reversed turnovers, reviewed calls, tough bounces, and close calls looked to me to be (mostly) called correctly.

    It’s still a net positive for the Dolphins as many of those instances required the Rams to be statistically lucky (that was a great move by Bradford though to secure the fumble off the back of a defender to just get the TD on the goal line) to come up on the right side of those close plays, and they still lost. Eventually the turnover margin could be more favorable for the Dolphins if they keep playing this way… They can’t all turn the opponents way after a review.

  31. kingpel says: Oct 14, 2012 8:58 PM

    Hats off to the Dolphins and their fans. You got over on us today.

  32. miamatt says: Oct 14, 2012 9:50 PM

    “for Tannehill, this was a Brian Griese game.”

    Good god I meant Bob Griese. BOB!!!

  33. fishyinalittledishy says: Oct 15, 2012 3:59 AM

    Not just this week but last week the refs tried everything to make us lose. At least the plastic refs had our backs.

  34. ishudbgm says: Oct 15, 2012 4:12 AM

    Gotta Love Philbin…..he gets blasted for icing kickers and then turns around and does it at the end of the first half and it actually worked. LOVED the pre-snap reads that Thill and the offensive line made, that is definite progress. Loved the fake punt call too!!! Hope after the bye week Bush will be fresh and Gaffney will be ready to go. FINSup!!!

  35. beeronthefridge says: Oct 15, 2012 9:31 AM

    Winners find away to win!

  36. liltifer says: Oct 15, 2012 9:32 AM

    When the Dolphins took a 7-6 lead, I turned to my buddy and said “St. Louis did what the Dolphins typically do. Dominate for most of the half but don’t really capitalize on it. Then a missed FG later and the Dolphins drive down and take the lead.”

    In most of the Dolphins’ close losses, that script is almost always followed to a T.

    Glad to see things got flipped for at least 1 week.

    Now let the Rams fans say what we said after losses to the Jets and Cardinals… “We should have won that game”…

  37. hehateme2 says: Oct 15, 2012 10:47 AM

    Dolphins are 10-2 against the Rams. Rams are 0-3 on the road this season.
    What I saw yesterday is a young team that hasn’t yet learned how to finish.

  38. getsome99 says: Oct 15, 2012 5:44 PM

    Yeah baby! Go Dolphins! Screw you Fisher! And we’re coming for Harbaugh too. And Matt Flynn.

  39. wmummery says: Oct 16, 2012 1:28 AM

    Just win baby

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