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Dolphins take advantage of Jaguars penalties in first half

Reggie Bush, Paul Poluszny AP

There’s not much national interest in Sunday’s Jaguars-Dolphins tilt.

Judging from the looks of the stands in Miami, there’s not a ton of local interest in the game either. Those who did turn out saw the Dolphins take a 10-3 halftime lead thanks in large part to the Jaguars’ inability to steer clear of penalties.

The Jags were penalized seven times for 68 yards in the first two quarters, including an illegal substitution call that forced them to take a Justin Blackmon touchdown catch off the board in the second quarter. Cornerback Rashean Mathis was flagged for pass interference on the ensuing Miami drive, helping put the Dolphins in position for a Jorvorskie Lane touchdown catch from Ryan Tannehill. There was also a holding call late in the half that knocked the Jags out of field goal range.

All of those penalties helped the Dolphins overcome some lackluster play of their own. They’ve gained just 109 yards thus far in the contest and Tannehill fumbled the ball on a sack to set the Jaguars up for the nullified touchdown by Blackmon. Making fewer mistakes than the Jaguars might be all they need to do to wind up with victory in Week 15, however.

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