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Lions 34, Dolphins 27
By on December 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm

The Miami Dolphins ┬ácame into today’s game against the Detroit Lions looking for their second home win of the season and things looked good with five minutes left and the Dolphins on top 27-17. A 53-yard Jahvid Best TD catch and two Chad Henne interceptions later, though, the Fins found themselves down 34-27 and facing a chorus of boos from the home crowd.

The Fins took over on their own 8-yard line just before the two minute warning and advanced the ball as far as the Lions’ 28 before Ronnie Brown’s negative one-yard reception allowed time to expire with the Fins finishing the 2010 season with a 1-7 record at Sun Life Stadium.

For the Lions, the win means three-straight for the first time in forever and just seven days after snapping a road losing streak that dated back to 2007, they picked up their second straight victory away from the Motor City.

Aside from the late picks, one of which was returned 30 yards by DeAndre Levy for a touchdown, Henne completed 29-of-44 passes for 278 yards and a touchdown. On the other side, Shaun Hill was just 14-of-26 for 222 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Brandon Marshall had his second straight big game (10 catches for 102 yards), but it was the Dolphins’ inability to take any time off the clock with a 10-point lead in the 4th quarter that allowed the Lions to hang around and eventually win the game.

Miami will play their 17th and final game of the season next Sunday in New England as they try and salvage a .500 record on the year.


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shepjm99 says:

This team is just pathetic and gave the fans nothing to be excited for all year. Ridiculous.

Adam says:

I know, it’s tough to say that name. But hard to deny that this team has actually performed worse the past 3 seasons than the Wannstedt teams. ’08: 11-5/playoff loss, ’09: 7-9, ’10: 7-9(or a CHEAP 8-8 against resting NE). ’00: 11-5/one playoff win, ’01: 11-5/playoff loss, ’02: 9-7, ’03: 10-6, ’04:disaster and that was during the Patriots SB winning dynasty. Henne is a big part of the problem, never seen a QB with so many meltdowns before. Three game-losing INTs at home in the past month, against bad teams. He has the worst 4th quarter performance of any QB this season.

I like Sparano more, but the Dolphins have a top 5 defense, no QB and a “play for the FG” offense. That’s how a team melts down with a 10 point lead with 5 minutes left, just like the Dolphins did in 2002 in New England week 17 with the division title on the line.

Williams34Greatness says:

@ Adam: I agree with everything, Especially your second paragraph, EXCEPT your Wann..Wannst..i cant even say his name. THAT GUY. I despise every inch of that man, and cringe everytime his named is mentioned.

Sparano might not be the best coach in the world, but he sure as hell Isn’t him. To be Honest, i would like to know how u got that comparison…Because all HE ever did was give the ball to my beloved Ricky and Only Help him in his decision to Retire. 42 Carries to one RB in a game? Please….

Adam says:

Up by 10 points with 5 minutes left in the game and they have the ball and LOSE. Dolphins are too conservative, and Henne is way too sketchy at QB. Sparano is Wannstedt II.

It’s a shame. Dolphins have a great top 5 defense, and guys who can catch the ball on offense. Bad O-Line, coaching and QB play doomed them this season.