Dolphins Stun Raiders with 0:12 left

In a finish as dramatic as you will see, the Miami Dolphins saw defeat turn to victory Sunday afternoon when quarterback Jay Fiedler capped off a last-minute 80-yard drive with a two-yard dive into the end zone with just five seconds left to give the Dolphins an 18-15 win over the Oakland Raiders before a sold-out audience at Pro Player Stadium.<p>

Adding to the suspense was that the Dolphins had no timeouts left and if Fiedler had come up short, the Dolphins would be 1-1 instead of 2-0.

The drive started at their own 20 with 1:41 left and Miami having exhausted all of its timeouts. Fiedler had struggled for most of the day and was clearly wearing the goathorns having given up a 26-yard interception return to Anthony Dorsett with 12:41 left in the game to stake the Raiders to a 15-10 lead. He also threw an ill-advised pass into coverage early in the third quarter giving Oakland good field position that led to a Raider field goal.

But Fieldler clearly atoned for earlier sins as he put together a two-minute drill that would've had Marino and Elway envious. He opened with a 20-yarder over the middle to Dedric Ward and followed with an 8-yard pass to Travis Minor. On the next play, Fiedler scrambled right and found Chris Chambers 27 yards downfield and out of bounds at the Oakland 25. All three plays in face had gotten out of bounds so the Dolphins had advanced the ball 55 yards upfield in just 21 seconds.

Three plays later, the Dolphins faced their biggest play of the day, a fourth-and-three at the 18. Again, Fiedler scrambled to the right away from pressure and found Ward in traffic for a clutch 9-yard gain to the nine.

After scrambling up the middle for seven yards to the two and spiking the ball to stop the clock, the Dolphins were at the two with 12 seconds left. Fiedler rolled right and then sprinted for the end zone, diving head first and just stretching the ball over the goal line with five seconds left.

Amazingly, it was a Fiedler touchdown run on a perfectly executed quarterback draw with just 20 seconds left in the first half that staked Miami to a 7-6 halftime lead. It also came with no timeouts. It also left the Dolphins feeling pretty good about themselves for the Raiders had controlled most of the first half but had to settle for a pair of Sebastian Janikowski field goals. The score capped off a nine-play, 66-yard drive.

After Fiedler's first interception led to Janikowski's third field goal early in the second half, the Dolphins got the lead back late in the third quarter when Olindo Mare connected from 27 yards out to put Miami up 10-9.

Following Dorsett's interception return, things looked bleak as the Dolphins went four-and-out, three-and-out and three-and-out on their next three possessions.

But the Miami defense, as they have so often, rose to the occasion as they stymied Rich Gannon and the Raider offense. In fact, after dominating most of the first half, the Raider offense did a disappearing act in the second half as the Dolphins held them to 67 total yards and just two first downs.


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