NFL Game Summary - Oakland at Miami|
(Sunday, December 4th)
Final Score: Miami 34, Oakland 14
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Matt Moore threw a touchdown pass and ran for
another score to back yet another sterling effort by the Miami defense, as the
Dolphins continued their resurgence with a 34-14 rout of the Oakland Raiders
at Sun Life Stadium.
It may be too late for the Dolphins (4-8) to make any kind of playoff run
after their disastrous 0-7 start, but they certainly bounced back nicely from
a last-second loss on Thanksgiving at Dallas. After a 10-day break following
the 20-19 holiday setback, the Dolphins scored the first 34 points on Sunday
and won for the fourth time in their last five games while also extending
their home winning streak to three.
Reggie Bush ran for 100 yards on 22 carries with a score and rookie Daniel
Thomas added 73 yards on the ground for Miami, which had not won three in a
row at home since the 2008 season.
The Dolphins have outscored Washington, Buffalo and now Oakland by a combined
89-31 during their home winning streak and came within half a quarter of
their first shutout in five years. Miami, which gave up two late touchdowns
after keeping its last two home foes out of the end zone, hasn't blanked an
opponent since a 21-0 whitewash of New England on December 10, 2006.
Oakland's Carson Palmer threw for 273 yards with a pair of fourth-quarter
touchdowns and had an interception returned for a score by Kevin Burnett. The
Raiders (7-5) had a three-game winning streak halted and are now tied with
Denver for first place in the AFC West, as the Broncos continued their
stunning turnaround behind Tim Tebow with a win in Minnesota.
The Raiders, who had won three straight on the road and fell to 4-2 as the
guest this season, again played without running back Darren McFadden. He
missed his fifth straight game because of a foot injury and Oakland managed
just 46 yards rushing on Sunday, led by Michael Bush's 18 on 10 carries.
Miami, meanwhile, finished with 209 yards on the ground and held the ball for
more than 38 minutes. Moore was an efficient 13-of-25 passing for 162 yards.
"We wanted to be aggressive, but we felt like we could run the football in
this game, make some yards that way," said Dolphins coach Tony Sparano.
The Dolphins defense held the Raiders without a first down on their first two
possessions, while the Miami offense managed a pair of field goals on its
first two drives. Dan Carpenter, who had missed the last two games with a
groin injury, drilled a 48-yard field goal and connected from 33 yards away to
give the Dolphins a 6-0 edge.
Miami's defense had an interception wiped out early in the second quarter, as
Burnett was flagged for illegal contact prior to Karlos Dansby's pick of a
Palmer third-down pass near midfield. Burnett made up for the penalty with a
sack on the next third-down play to force an Oakland punt.
Davone Bess returned the punt 21 yards to the Miami 37, then finished the
ensuing seven-play drive with a 12-yard touchdown catch to give his team a
13-0 lead with 8:24 left in the first half. Anthony Fasano caught passes of 26
and 10 yards on consecutive plays to help set up the score.
Oakland was driving toward a potential score in the final two minutes, as two
quick Palmer strikes had the Raiders inside the Miami 40. The next completion
was wiped out by a holding call before a sack pushed the Raiders back further
and eventually forced another punt.
A 77-yard kickoff return by Miami's Clyde Gates to start the second half and a
pass interference penalty at the goal line led to Reggie Bush's one-yard
touchdown run for a 20-0 lead just over a minute into the third quarter.
The Dolphins then followed a Raider punt with a 91-yard drive. The 13-play set
ate up more than 7 1/2 minutes and featured a trio of third-down conversions
before Moore called his own number and scored on a six-yard quarterback draw.
Burnett then picked off a tipped Palmer pass just two plays after the kickoff
and found his way to the end zone with a 34-yard interception return to make
The Raiders averted the shutout with 7:51 remaining when Palmer hit a wide
open T.J. Houshmandzadeh with a 40-yard touchdown pass. Miami's deflated
defense then yielded a second score when Palmer hooked up with Darrius
Heyward-Bey from three yards away.
"They did enough to beat us," said Raiders coach Hue Jackson. "We couldn't run
it, we couldn't stop the run, we didn't throw it very well, we didn't play
special teams very well."
Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain, arrested earlier this week in a shooting
incident, did not start Sunday but did join his teammates on the field later
in the opening defensive series. He led the team with eight tackles. There was
a question as to whether the Raiders would discipline McClain, who was charged
with four misdemeanors in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama after allegedly
firing a gun next to a victim's head.
"There's no question that he knows I'm disappointed in some things
that occurred and I will take care of that in-house," Jackson said of
McClain. "If the league decides to come down on him, then I'm gonna come
down on him like you've never seen."
Burnett's interception return for a touchdown was the first for a Dolphin
since Vontae Davis versus Buffalo on October 4, 2009...Bush, who notched his
second 100-yard game this season, has 667 rushing yards this year, surpassing
his previous single-season best mark of 581 in 2007 with New Orleans...Miami's
Jason Taylor appeared in his 200th game with the Dolphins...The Raiders were
penalized 10 times for 91 yards...Oakland defensive lineman Richard Seymour
was ejected in the third quarter for throwing a punch at Miami lineman Richie
Incognito...The Raiders still lead the all-time series 19-15-1, including four
playoff matchups, but Miami has won six of the last seven...The Raiders visit
Green Bay next Sunday, while the Dolphins host Philadelphia.
12/04 21:03:35 ET