-- A couple of other Dolphins players missed some plays with minor injuries. Those included Jason Taylor (left arm), WR James McKnight (back) and TE Randy McMichael (left arm).
-- Trent Gamble made a great play on special teams when he kept a Mark Royals punt from going into the end zone and batted it back into the field of play where it was downed at the 2-yard line.
-- CB Sam Madison had an interception overturned after it was challenged by the Broncos. Instant replay showed Madison couldn't get control of the ball in the end zone before it hit the ground.
-- The Dolphins missed a great chance to score when they were down 12-7 in the third quarter after Dedric Ward returned a punt 34 yards to the Denver 30-yard line.
What ensued was the Dolphins' ugliest offensive possession of the evening: On first down, Jay Fiedler's pass was almost intercepted and fell incomplete; on second down, Ricky Williams was dropped for a 5-yard loss on a running play; on third down, Robert Edwards was dropped for a 2-yard loss after catching a pass from Fiedler.
To make matters worse, Royals' attempt at pinning Denver near the goal line with a pooch punt failed miserably when he shanked one out of bounds at the Broncos 24-yard line.
WHAT THEY SAID:
LB Zach Thomas: "It's a great feeling. I know in the past we always couldn't get over the hump. Now we got over the hump. Hopefully, we can ride this momentum."
LB Derrick Rodgers: "These are building blocks we're laying down. What we came in and did here tonight says a lot about our football team."
Coach Dave Wannstedt: "For our guys to come back, it just shows a great attitude. There's no quit on this football team. Hopefully, this is something we can build on from a confidence standpoint in the AFC."