Dolphins take thriller

Things weren't looking good for the Dolphins late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against Carolina, but safety Lance Schulters came up with a huge interception and 37-yard return to set up the game-winning field goal in a thrilling 27-24 victory at Dolphins Stadium.

Schulters' pick came on a second-and-9 from the Dolphins 43-yard line on the first play after the two-minute warning. The safety read Carolina QB Jake Delhomme the whole way and stepped in front of a slant intended for Keary Colbert.

It was the biggest in a game filled with big plays.

The Dolphins came out with a tremendous game-opening drive featured some nice running by rookie Ronnie Brown and ended with Brown's 1-yard touchdown.

After a Carolina field goal made it 7-3, the Dolphins responded late in the first quarter on a beautiful 18-yard touchdown pass from Gus Frerotte to tight end Randy McMichael.

Carolina answered back with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Delhomme to Steve Smith, who burned the Dolphins for three touchdown on the day.

The Dolphins came right back to extend their lead to 21-10 on a tremendous catch by Chris Chambers on a 42-yard touchdown.

A wild first half ended after Carolina scored again, this time on a 3-yard touchdown pass to Smith.

The Dolphins had a great chance to increase their lead early in the fourth quarter after Schulters forced a fumble and Vonnie Holliday recovered, but Frerotte was intercepted by Chris Gamble in the end zone.

The lead eventually got to 24-17 on a 27-yard field goal by Mare, but Carolina came right back on a 53-yard touchdown pass to Smith, who beat Sam Madison on a slant and then got away from safety Travares Tillman.

After the Dolphins were forced to punt on their next possession, Carolina got three first downs to reach the Dolphins 43. That's when Schulters came up with his huge play, one that gave the Dolphins a 2-1 start heading into their bye week.


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