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Mi­ami improves playo≠ po­si­tion but may have lost QB Tan­nehill

The Denver Post - - AROUND THE NFL - By Steve Wine


MI­AMI GAR­DENS, FLA.» Ryan Tan­nehill threw three touch­down passes be­fore be­ing side­lined with a knee in­jury that could end his sea­son, and Andrew Franks kicked a 21yard field goal as time ex­pired to help the Mi­ami Dol­phins beat the Ari­zona Car­di­nals 26-23 on Sun­day.

Coach Adam Gase said the Dol­phins fear Tan­nehill tore his ACL, which would side­line him for the rest of the sea­son.

“Doesn’t look good,” Gase said. “We’ve got to go to the next man up, just like ev­ery other po­si­tion.”

Tan­nehill limped to the locker room late in the third quar­ter af­ter be­ing hit around the legs by de­fen­sive tackle Calais Camp­bell as he re­leased a com­ple­tion.

The Dol­phins led 21-9 when Tan­nehill left, and backup Matt Moore failed to lead Mi­ami to a first down in his first three se­ries.

That al­lowed the Car­di­nals to mount touch­down drives of 99 and 50 yards to tie the game, but then Mi­ami forced a punt to start at the Ari­zona 47 with 1:29 left.

Moore threw a 12-yard com­ple­tion to Kenny Stills for a first down, and threw long to Stills for 29 yards to set up Franks’ win­ning kick.

Tan­nehill went 15-for-20 for 195 yards. He re­turned to the side­line red-eyed to watch the end of the game and trade hugs with team­mates.

Tan­nehill was on crutches in the locker room and didn’t talk to re­porters af­ter the game.

The Dol­phins (8-5) won for the sev­enth time in the past eight games and helped their bid to end an eight-year play­off drought, mov­ing ahead of the Bron­cos. The Car­di­nals (5-7-1) fell fur­ther be­hind in the race for the fi­nal NFC wild-card berth.

Oc­ca­sional heavy rain re­sulted in a sloppy game, re­sult­ing in four turnovers by Ari­zona — all in the first 20 min­utes — and three by Mi­ami. The Dol­phins over­came 14 penal­ties for 118 yards, and Ari­zona had seven for 54.

Ari­zona missed a field-goal at­tempt and two extra points, with one blocked PAT re­turned for a two-point con­ver­sion.

The Car­di­nals’ Car­son Palmer went 18for-33 for 145 yards with two in­ter­cep­tions.

Dol­phins kicker Andrew Franks (3) cel­e­brates with team­mates in Mi­ami rain Sun­day af­ter beat­ing the Car­di­nals with a 21-yard field goal on the last play. Dol­phins QB Ryan Tan­nehill suf­fered a knee in­jury that could end his sea­son. Mike Ehrmann, Getty Im­ages

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