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NFL Game Summary - Miami at Jacksonville
(Sunday, December 13th)
Final Score: Miami 14, Jacksonville 10
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Ricky Williams rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, and Miami upended Jacksonville, 14-10, to further muddle the AFC playoff picture.
The Jaguars (7-6) had a chance to extend their wild card lead with a win, but the Dolphins (7-6) controlled the time of possession and outgained their Sunshine State foe, 354-217, to thrust themselves into the postseason race.
"We know we're in a must win-out situation. We know we still have hope. This team has shown faith in one another all year, we've worked hard and we will continue to do that," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said. "We're a little disappointed we didn't pull this thing out. We gave ourselves a lot of chances...We just fell short."
Chad Henne, coming off a career game in a win over New England last week, completed 21-of-29 attempts for 220 yards, 110 of which went to Greg Camarillo, who ended with seven catches.
Henne also rushed for a score and threw an interception, one of three turnovers Miami overcame to secure its fourth win in five games.
The Dolphins moved to 6-0 in December under head coach Tony Sparano.
Maurice Jones-Drew had Jacksonville's lone touchdown but was bottled up for 59 yards on 18 carries, while almost half of David Garrard's 139 yards came on a 63-yard hookup with Torry Holt that set up a Josh Scobee 25-yard field goal.
That kick occurred with 4:55 left in the third quarter and cut Jacksonville's deficit to 14-10.
After trading punts, a promising Miami drive was thwarted when Williams lost a fumble in Jaguars territory.
Another exchange of fruitless possessions gave the hosts the ball back with 11:33 remaining, but Garrard threw an incomplete pass on 4th-and-3 from the Miami 45. The Jags got the ball right back when Derek Cox picked off Henne near midfield but failed to do anything with the ball.
Miami killed nearly three minutes of clock before punting away, and once more the Jags failed to produce a first down, as Garrard was brought down on 4th- and-3 from the Miami 46 with 1:26 remaining.
Three straight Miami runs prior to a punt spoiled the Jaguars' final two timeouts, and a sack of Garrard on the final play at his own 17 sealed the Dolphins' win.
"We started really well in the first half, and in the second half we were completing some passes but were hurting ourselves," Henne said. "We didn't finish the way we wanted to, but you have to [take] your hats off to our defense because they carried us."
The Dolphins held the ball for nearly seven minutes during a lengthy 13-play, 67-yard drive in the first quarter that resulted in the game's first score.
The march was extended when an inside handoff to Lousaka Polite gained four yards on 4th-and-1 at the Jacksonville 18. Williams, who twice fumbled out of bounds on the drive, capped it by going in from a yard out at the 2:33 mark.
Miami embarked on a similar drive in the second quarter, as Henne took it in himself on a bootleg from the one to finish off a 13-play, 74-yard excursion.
Jacksonville, which went three-and-out on its first two possessions, responded with an extended drive of their own, as Jones-Drew barreled in from the one three plays after a defensive pass interference penalty in the end zone.
The TD came with 2:32 remaining in the half, and it remained 14-7 thanks to Davone Bess' lost fumble in Jacksonville territory just before the break.
Dan Carpenter had a chance to make it a 10-point game midway through the third, but his 38-yard field goal attempt bounced wide right off the upright.
Neither team has a very favorable schedule down the stretch. Miami visits Tennessee next week before home games against Houston and Pittsburgh, while Jacksonville hosts the unbeaten Colts in Week 15 prior to road tilts at New England and Cleveland...Jones-Drew's 14 rushing TDs this season tied Fred Taylor's franchise record set in 1998...Jacksonville cornerback Rashean Mathis missed a fourth straight game with a groin problem...Holt, who finished with two grabs for 71 yards, has 166 straight games with a reception...Garrard was 11-of-26 through the air...Miami held the ball for 35:06, converting 8-of-15 third-down tries compared to 3-of-14 for Jacksonville, which has lost two of its last three...Jacksonville had won five straight home games...At one point during the game, Henne had 17 straight completions to set a single-game franchise record.
12/13 17:54:58 ET
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