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Dolphins Season Ends at 7-9 After 30-24 Setback to Steelers

The 2009 Dolphins didn’t live up to 08 version, and Sunday at home they ended their season at 7-9 after falling behind and never catching the Steelers in a 30-24 setback. “I told the team 7-9 is mediocre, and mediocrity is not going to be accepted here,” second-year coach Tony Sparano said.

The Fins made it a game in the fourth quarter after trailing 27-10, as Brian Hartline ran in a reverse for a score, then Tyler Thigpen threw a TD to Davone Bess to make it 27-24 with half the quarter left. Then though after a fumble gave the Dolphins the ball at the Steelers 21, a pick by Ryan Clark and a long Steelers drive that ended with a field goal with :40 left basically wrapped up the game.

The game was not without it’s scary moments, as after Chad Henne left with an eye injury, Pat White came in, and he also had to leave after taking a tough helmet to helmet hit out of bounds by Steelers CB Ike Taylor. White moved his arms and legs before leaving the field after an eight-minute delay, and he was taken to a hospital for examination.

The Dolphins defense could not stop the Steelers all day, as they allowed them just over 400 yards, and Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdowns, including a long one to Mike Wallace that put the Steelers up for good at 14-7. They led 17-10 at the half, then 24-10 after the QB hit tight end Heath Miller with a score in the third quarter.

The D allowed Pittsburgh to run for over 200 yards, and Ricky Williams, playing despite a sore shoulder, ran for just 31 yards on 12 carries.

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