Dolphins end home skid by beating Redskins 20-9

LaRon Landry dives for Dolphins running back Reggie Bush Sunday in Miami. (Photo: Associated Press)
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MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins began a possession at their 19-yard line early in the fourth quarter, clinging to a four-point edge and mindful that they had blown late leads in three defeats this year.

The huddle quickly reached a consensus.

"We said to ourselves, 'Let's finish this game how we want to,'" running back Reggie Bush said.

An 81-yard touchdown drive sealed the victory Sunday, and the Dolphins earned their first home victory in 364 days by beating the Washington Redskins 20-9.

The Dolphins (2-7) ended a franchise-record streak of seven consecutive losses in Miami since last Nov. 14, and they won for the second week in a row.

"The first seven games we were kind of in disarray," Bush said. "We were trying to find our identity. The difference now is we're playing 60 minutes and finishing at the end of games."

Bush doubled his touchdown total this season with scoring runs of 1 and 18 yards, and the Dolphins doubled their interception total this year by twice picking off Rex Grossman.

Redskins kept out of the end zone

Miami kept the opposition out of the end zone for the second successive week. Possessions by Washington reached the Miami 20, 26, 5 and 10-yard lines, but those threats produced only three field goals.

The Redskins (3-6) dropped their fifth consecutive game, the longest losing streak of Mike Shanahan's career. They haven't held a lead since Oct. 2, and Shanahan said he's never been so frustrated as a coach.

"We're just going to keep on fighting," he said. Shanahan declined to say which quarterback will start the next game against Dallas.

Grossman threw for 215 yards but was sacked three times and had a passer rating of 58.7, lower than his NFC-worst season figure. He was a surprise starter, replacing John Beck four weeks after being benched.

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