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Baltimore at Miami

Mare finally comes through as 'Fins kick Ravens 9-6 in OT

SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Fans booed when Ricky Williams failed to find running room, and they chanted a profanity at coach Dave Wannstedt as time ran out in regulation. Then a clutch kick by Olindo Mare turned the jeers to cheers.

Mare made a 43-yard field goal with 8:48 left in overtime, and the Miami Dolphins salvaged an ugly afternoon by beating the Baltimore Ravens 9-6 Sunday.

"Ugly or not, we needed it," defensive end Adewale Ogunleye said. "When the season's over, nobody is going to say, 'They barely beat the Ravens.'"

The Dolphins won despite another dismal offensive effort and another untimely miss by Mare, who has been shaky under pressure this season. His 48-yard attempt sailed wide right with the score tied and 2:29 left in regulation, but Mare redeemed himself in overtime.

"Obviously you would like to win it in regulation," he said. "But I tried to keep everybody on their toes and keep the concession stands open."

NFL rushing leader Jamal Lewis lost a fumble to set up Mare's clincher, which ended a defensive struggle that produced no touchdowns and lots of missed opportunities.

The Dolphins (6-4) snapped a two-game losing streak and eased pressure on the much-criticized Wannstedt -- at least for a week. Fans mocked the coach with a chant when he chose to run out the clock with a first down at the Miami 20 and 51 seconds left in regulation.

"We were going to take it to overtime," Wannstedt said. "I was not going to take a chance of throwing the ball and having to punt into the wind and then give them the ball at the 50-yard line."

His strategy proved smart. Lewis bobbled a handoff in overtime, and Zach Thomas wrestled the ball away from him at the Baltimore 33. Three plays later, Mare made his third field goal of the day.

With their second consecutive defeat, the Ravens (5-5) fell into a tie with Cincinnati for the lead in the AFC North. They lost because they totaled just 220 yards, were penalized 88 yards and committed three turnovers, giving them 10 in the last two games.

"To win the NFL is very simple," linebacker Ray Lewis said. "If you don't turn the ball over, you win."

Miami limited Jamal Lewis to 88 yards on 26 carries. It was just the third time this season he has failed to reach 100 yards, and the Dolphins are the only team that has yet to allow anyone to reach the milestone.

Williams surpassed the 100 mark for the first time in seven games, but he needed 36 carries to total 105 yards. He failed to gain a yard on seven consecutive carries, and the crowd booed at least two of the plays.

The Ravens' offense was even worse. Anthony Wright, playing in his first game since 2001 when he was with Dallas, threw for just 112 yards. He went 14-for-25 with two interceptions in place of rookie Kyle Boller, who hurt his left leg last week.

"It was sad we couldn't pull this one off," Wright said. "We're a much better team than what we showed."

Matt Stover made field goals of 39 and 45 yards, and that was the extent of Baltimore's scoring. Mare hit in regulation from 23 and 52 yards, the latter his longest this season.

The Ravens had a chance to take the lead with less than six minutes left in regulation when Ed Reed intercepted Brian Griese to give them the ball at the Miami 36. But two plays later, Sammy Knight intercepted Wright.

Griese, again filling in for the injured Jay Fiedler, went 13-for-32 for 126 yards and one interception.

The game quickly settled into a defensive standoff. The Ravens' biggest gain was a kickoff return. Miami's biggest gain was an interception return. Baltimore's first scoring "drive" lost 6 yards. The Dolphins' first scoring drive covered all of 18 yards.

Though low-scoring, the game was also a seesaw contest, and twice the Ravens came from behind to tie it.

"We could have easily cracked," Miami linebacker Junior Seau said. "That didn't happen."

Notes

  • Ravens DE Anthony Weaver hurt his shoulder and sat out the second half.
  • Miami G Jamie Nails hurt his left ankle early in the second half, and Miami RG Todd Perry hurt his right elbow.
  • Miami CB Patrick Surtain, nursing a sore right ankle, played only briefly.
  • Fiedler, still slowed by a sprained knee, was designated Miami's third quarterback.
  • During pregame introductions, Baltimore coach Brian Billick was identified as "Brian Belichick."
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Seth McKinney smothers kicker Olindo Mare after the game-winner goes through the uprights.
 
Seth McKinney smothers kicker Olindo Mare after the game-winner goes through the uprights. (AP)
 

 

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1ST QUARTER
None
2ND QUARTER
FGOlindo Mare 23 Yd, 11:12. Drive: 7 plays, 18 yards in 3:19.
FGMatt Stover 39 Yd, 10:10. Drive: 4 plays, -6 yards in 1:02.
3RD QUARTER
FGOlindo Mare 52 Yd, 3:07. Drive: 8 plays, 47 yards in 4:06.
4TH QUARTER
FGMatt Stover 45 Yd, 7:42. Drive: 13 plays, 60 yards in 7:10.
OT
FGOlindo Mare 43 Yd, 8:48. Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards in 1:49.
Baltimore
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
A. Wright14/2511202
RushingATTYDSTDLG
J. Lewis2688019
C. Taylor41906
A. Wright21107
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
T. Heap864018
C. Taylor324013
M. Robinson21307
T. Taylor111011
Miami
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
B. Griese13/3212601
RushingATTYDSTDLG
R. Williams36105016
T. Minor530026
B. Griese1606
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
R. Konrad343017
C. Chambers434016
R. Williams32409
D. Thompson110010
R. McMichael1909
J. McKnight1606
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