Monday, November 10, 2008

Dolphins Victorious in Battle for Fifth Win

The Miami Dolphins came into Sunday afternoon's game versus the Seattle Seahawks with a 4-4 record, placing them one game behind the division leader of the AFC East. Their focus was to beat a team that had not been successful thus far, in the Seahawks, and reach a record that exceeded .500-level status. It would be the first time since Fall of 2005 that the Dolphins would have a record above .500.

The Fins started in striking fashion, by returning a kickoff for a touchdown in the first minutes of the game. Unfortunately, the call was reversed due to a penalty call and they were forced to start from their own territory. Despite the drawback, the Dolphins went on to score in exciting fashion, using a "Flea Flicker" play to give Ted Ginn Jr. a spectacular touch down pass with two defenders covering him. It was another sign of progress in the development of Ted Ginn Jr. as a reciever and of the Miami offense in general. Later on, Ricky Williams broke out for a long run that resulted in a touchdown for the Fins, putting them at 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Ricky Williams ended the day with an efficient performance of 6 carries for 105 yds of rushing, with a TD run. Ronnie Brown also pitched in with a TD run of his own, despite the struggles he had throughout most of the game.

As the game progressed the Seahawks began their comeback efforts, striking with a couple of field goals and one touchdown. The game now stood at 14-13, with the Dolphins ahead by only one point. With crucial plays by players like Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown, Davone Bess, and a few others, the Fins took a 16 play drive for 79 yds and scored a TD. That put them ahead 21-13 in the fourth quarter of the game. The resurging Seahwaks did not stop there. They made a drive of their own to score a TD with less than three minutes left in the game, and they attempted to tie the game with a two-point conversion. Thanks to Dolphins Safety, Yeremiah Bell, the two-point attempt was deflected; leaving the Seahawks down two points down with a score of 21-19.

Thus, the Dolphins went on to seal the deal with a few plays that ran out the clock and secured their fifth win - a feat that surpasses last year's record by four wins already. With the division race so close and the Dolphins playing so well, there is hope that the team can actually fight for the "P-word" once again, as Dan LeBatard stated in his sport editorial. "Playoffs."

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