Rapid Reaction: Dolphins 24, Seahawks 21
November, 25, 2012
By James Walker | ESPN.com
MIAMI -- Here are some thoughts on the Miami Dolphins’ 24-21 victory over the Seattle Seahawks:
What it means: The Dolphins improve to 5-6 and snap a three-game losing streak. Seattle is a tough team that owns victories over the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. So this victory by the Dolphins counts as one of the best of the season. It shows the Dolphins are not going to lie down the rest of the season and are still mathematically in the playoff hunt. At the very least, Miami has something to play for in December.
Tannehill edges Wilson: Sunday’s game presented an underrated battle of rookie quarterbacks. Seattle third-round pick Russell Wilson showed his athleticism and elusiveness. He threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for an additional 38 yards. Ryan Tannehill overcame some early adversity and showed mental toughness. He threw for 253 yards, one touchdown and an interception. But Tannehill did his best work on the final drive by getting Miami in field goal position. Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter nailed a 44-yard field goal to end the game. Tannehill improved to 1-1 against fellow rookie quarterbacks this season. He lost to Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts in October.
AFC East flashback: Former New York Jets tailback Leon Washington, now with the Seahawks, stuck it to his former rival with a big play in the fourth quarter. Washington returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Washington played many games in Miami as a member of the Jets and probably enjoyed producing against his former division rival.
Run defense returns: Miami’s usually stout run defense has fallen off in recent weeks. But the Dolphins made it a point to stuff Seattle tailback Marshawn Lynch. The Dolphins held Lynch to just 46 yards on 19 carries.
What’s next: The Dolphins continue their toughest stretch of the season. Next week they host the reigning AFC champion Patriots (8-3) at Sun Life Stadium.