Another Big Day for Defense

The Dolphins continued their roll against Minnesota on Sunday, and again it was the defense that led the way. Renaldo Hill and Jason Taylor both scored fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Dolphins to a 24-20 victory that improved their record to 4-6.

The Dolphins trailed 13-10 and were struggling badly on offense when the defense forced three turnovers in four Minnesota possessions to turn the game around.

The Dolphins went three-and-out after Taylor forced a Chester Taylor fumble that was recovered by Yeremiah Bell, so the defense just took matters into its own hands after that.

On the Vikings' next possession, Chester Taylor again dropped the ball, and this time Hill picked up the loose ball and ran 48 yards for a touchdown that gave the Dolphins a 17-13 lead.

After the teams traded punts, Jason Taylor did it again, stepping in front of a screen pass to record his second interception of the season.

He took this one back 51 yards for his seventh career touchdown, and the Dolphins suddenly had a 24-13 lead.

Minnesota made the final score more respectable with a meaningless Chester Taylor touchdown on the last play of the game.

The Dolphins needed the defense to bail them out because the offense sputtered badly in the second half after taking a 10-7 lead into the locker room.

Joey Harrington's 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Justin Peelle gave Miami that three-point lead, but an interception set up a Minnesota field goal that gave the Vikings their 13-10 lead.

Of course, the Dolphins would have been in better shape had it not been for a fumble on a bad exchange between Harrington and Ronnie Brown on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, kept the Minnesota offense in check except for a 96-yard drive in the first quarter and the final drive when the Vikings converted two fourth-down situations.

In between, though, the defense provided the big plays necessary to give the Dolphins another victory as they continue to inch closer to the .500 mark.


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