Dolphins end home skid by beating Redskins 20-9
Updated: November 14, 2011 - 07:32 am
- LaRon Landry dives for Dolphins running back Reggie Bush Sunday in Miami. (Photo: Associated Press)
Beck benched after three weeks
Shanahan said he decided to go with the more experienced quarterback because of a wave of injuries to the Redskins' offense.
"I thought Rex gave us a chance to win," Shanahan said. "If you have this many guys go down, I didn't want to go with the inexperienced guy and throw him to the wolves."
Miami was clinging to a 13-9 lead when Grossman drove his team 49 yards to a first down at the 10 early in the fourth quarter. He then threw a pass directly to linebacker Karlos Dansby, whose interception ended the threat.
"I have to be more careful in a crucial point in the game," Grossman said.
After Dansby's takeaway, Miami scored the clinching TD on Bush's 18-yard run. He crossed the goal line standing up and heaved the ball into the stands in jubilation.
Happy fans scrambled for the victory souvenir, a rarity lately in Miami.
"It's nice to see them still support us," tight end Anthony Fasano said. "We haven't had good showings at home. I couldn't imagine being in their seats."
Burned on 3rd down
Matt Moore, the AFC offensive player of the week last week, threw an ugly interception and lost a fumble but completed 20 of 29 passes for 209 yards. The Dolphins, who came into the game last in the NFL in third-down conversions, went 8 for 14 in those situations against Washington.
"If you don't win on third down, it's going to be tough to win," Redskins linebacker London Fletcher said.
Miami started the game in the wildcat — the first time they've used the package this season — but a pass fell incomplete. After the Dolphins took the lead, coach Tony Sparano went conservative, and the Dolphins drew boos when they ran out the clock at the end of the first half rather than trying to score.
But nursing the early lead paid off because the Redskins couldn't cash in on their chances.
"We haven't had a big play, a breakout play that gets you 60 to 70 yards," Grossman said. "We need more explosive plays."
NOTES: Washington WR Leonard Hankerson left the game with a strained right hip with 4 minutes left. He said the injury wasn't serious, but he wasn't sure whether he would be able to play in the next game. ... Redskins defensive lineman Kedric Golston left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury. ... Hankerson had eight catches for 106 yards and became the first Washington rookie since 2001 with 100 yards receiving. ... Dansby had 11 tackles, two tackles for a loss and two passes defended.
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