NOW THAT'S MORE LIKE IT

The Dolphins finally looked like a playoff team again Sunday as they snapped their losing streak in style by dismantling the Baltimore Ravens at Pro Player Stadium.

This game looked a lot like last year's playoff game with the roles reversed. As thoroughly as Baltimore dominated the Dolphins last January, that's how badly the Dolphins spanked the Ravens on Sunday on their way to a 26-7 victory.

The Dolphins outgained Baltimore 337-157 on Sunday and won the turnover battle for the first time since they beat Denver way back on Oct. 13. There was only one turnover in the game, Patrick Surtain's second-half interception.

Quarterback Ray Lucas had by far his best performance as a starter, as he completed 18 of 26 passes for 221 yards and added a 1-yard touchdown run.

That score gave the Dolphins a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, a lead they would never relinquish.

The touchdown came right after the Ravens had tied the score 7-7 on Jeff Blake's 28-yard touchdown pass to Travis Taylor on a fourth-and-1.

That score was set up by a 43-yard punt return by the Ravens' Lamont Brightful.

But the Ravens never really threatened after that.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, got the one big play they had talked about needing early when Lucas hit tight end Randy McMichael over the middle for a 45-yard gain.

That play was the highlight of an 88-yard drive that was capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Ricky Williams that gave Miami a 7-0 lead.

Williams added a 4-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to close the scoring.

Williams finished with 102 yards rushing, his fifth 100-yard performance of the season. That tied the franchise record set by Delvin Williams in 1978.


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