Fourth Quarter Magic for Dolphins Again

Trust the Miami Dolphins. When they hold four fingers up at the beginning of the fourth quarter, they mean business.<p>For the fifth time this season, and for the second straight week, the Dolphins overcame a fourth quarter deficit to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.<p>

Trailing the Denver Broncos 10-0 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Dolphins rallied for three unanswered touchdowns and defeated Denver 21-10 before 73,938 at Pro Player Stadium.

The news got even better for the Dolphins players when they got to the locker room and learned the Jets had been upset by New England, leaving them alone atop the AFC East with an 8-3 record.

Just a week ago, the Dolphins trailed the Bills in Buffalo by 10 with less than five minutes left before rallying to win by seven.

Trailing 10-0, the rally actually began late in the third quarter when the Miami offense, which had been one step short of anemic all day long, began a seven-play, 58-yard drive which culminated in an 11-yard Jay Fiedler-to-Chris Chambers touchdown pass on the second play of the fourth quarter.

On the next series the Broncos started to put together a drive and in seven plays, had advanced from their own 24 to the Miami 40 and it was here that the biggest play of the day took place.

That's when Denver QB Brian Griese dropped back and fired toward the right side. But defensive end Kenny Mixon, arms outstretched, blocked the ball which then hit of his left knee and allowed him to intercept the pass. Mixon then took off and rambled 56 yards for the touchdown which put Miami ahead 14-10 with 9:51 left in the game.

"It's one of those plays you visualize but it never really happens," said Mixon. "But it happened today. It was a great feeling to get into the end zone, it doesn't get any better."

But the Dolphins weren't through. On the ensuing kickoff, Jeff Ogden collided with Bronco kick returner Chris Cole at the 20 and jarred the ball loose. The ball went all the way back inside the 10 where Miami's Scott Galyon fell on it at the Denver 7.

Two plays later, Lamar Smith went over from a yard out and the Dolphins were up 21-10.

The Miami defense took over the show from there and never allowed the Broncos to get close until the final two minutes before taking over on downs to seal the win.

"There is a no-quit attitude on this team that I think has been shown a lot," said head coach Dave Wannstedt. "Anyone who has been watching the games should see it.

The great thing about football is that it is a team sport and I think that is a great example of why we won the game today. When we were struggling on offense, the defense came up with a big play and then special teams came up with a big play."

"I think it's just our mentality to win any way we can," said Chambers who suffered a double injury, first to his left hamstring and then his left ribs on the touchdown pass and will be evaluated later in the week. "Like last week, it really took us to the fourth quarter to get us over the top. I'm glad we were able to pull it out. It's just the character of this team. We're not going to lay down especially only being down by a couple of points. Once we got one on the board, the momentum just took to our side and the defense gave us a lot of help today."

"We just get those momentum-changing plays," said wide receiver Oronde Gadsden. "Kenny (Mixon) came up with a big play and that turned it around for us. We were looking for that all day and fortunately it's been happening the last two weeks in the fourth quarter."

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