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Dolphins Survive Raiders; Move to 6-4 w/ 17-15 Win

Sometimes you simply have to survive, and for the Miami Dolphins Sunday vs the Oakland Raiders, it was a matter of survival. Trailing 15-14 with 4:30 left, Chad Pennington led the Dolphins on a game-saving drive that ended with a Dan Carpenter 38-yard field goal with :38 left to lead the Fins to a 17-15 win to improve to 6-4.

Miami dominated the games in the numbers area, putting up 382 yards and 20 first downs to just 186 for Oakland and 11 first downs. The Miami D also held the Raiders to just 2-for-11 on third downs. The Dolphins went up 14-5 after a Ted Ginn Jr. 40-yard TD run and a Patrick Hobbs 10-yard TD at the 1:57 mark of the third quarter.

The Raiders, who played part of the game without injured QB JaMarcus Russell, hung in with the Dolphins, and scored on a Sebastian Janikowski 37-yard field goal to make it 14-8 at the 8:02 mark of the fourth. Then the Raiders took the lead as Johnnie Lee Higgins took a Brandon Fields punt and weaved through the Fins special teams for a 93-yard score to make it 15-14.

Pennington led the team though on a great drive that won the game. They went 61 yards on 10 plays, highlighted on a nice pitch and catch on fourth down that put them in position to kick the game-winning field goal. The drive also took 3:52 off the clock, meaning that the Raiders had very little time to do anything in the last minute.

Pennington was 16-for-22 for 174 yards, while Ronnie Brown ran 16 times for 101 yards. Ricky Williams had 13 carries for 49 yards. The Dolphins biggest game of the season is up next, as they host the first place New England Patriots next week at 1pm.

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