Late field goal gives Miami win over Seahawks

Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:12pm EST
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By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - A last-second, 43-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter gave the Miami Dolphins a surprise 24-21 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, keeping their slim playoff hopes alive.

After three successive defeats the win was much-needed for a Miami team which is not yet totally out of the running in the AFC East.

"It's huge. From a team standpoint they were three tough losses. We were just looking to get back on track," said quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

"To have a big game like this where it was a total team effort - the defense got a big stop at the end when we needed it, offense executed a two-minute (drill) and Dan made a big field goal to win it - that feels good," he added.

The loss was a blow to the Seahawks' hopes of making the post-season as they slip to 6-5 in the NFC West despite an impressive performance from rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.

Looking composed, quick on his feet and alert, Wilson threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns, with an additional 38 yards rushing.

Miami (5-6) opened the scoring with a 21-yard run from Reggie Bush in the second quarter.

But Seattle responded when Wilson wriggled free and lobbed a gentle three-yard pass into the corner of the end zone for Anthony McCoy, to tie the score at the half.   Continued...

Seattle Seahawks Kam Chancellor ( L ) and Brandon Browner look on as Miami Dolphins' Placekicker Dan Carpenter reacts to scoring the game winning field goal as time runs out in Miami Gardens, Florida November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity