Dolphins 24

(4-2, 2-2 away)

Seahawks 20

(3-3, 2-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:15 PM ET, October 28, 2001


1 2 3 4 T
MIA 0 10 7 724
SEA 0 14 3 320

Lindell misses late FG to seal win for Miami

SEATTLE (AP) -- Jay Fiedler keeps making big mistakes and winning big games.

Fiedler passed to James McKnight for a 39-yard touchdown with 6:16 left, giving the AFC East-leading Miami Dolphins a 24-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Was this the real Matt Hasselbeck?
He was much-improved at quarterback today for the Seahawks. Hasselbeck scrambled, avoided sacks and looked much more confident and poised in the pocket. Time will tell if this was the real Hasselbeck.

The Seahawks didn't run the ball that well today, so it was all on Hasselbeck's shoulders. He performed much better than he did earlier in the season (16-of-28 for 230 yards and two touchdowns). NFL analyst Vinny Cerrato has served as director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.

"It was just a sweet throw by Jay," McKnight said. "He gave me an opportunity to run up under it. We've practiced that for weeks now and we finally got an opportunity to connect on it."

Fiedler threw his eighth and ninth interceptions of the season, but also threw his sixth touchdown pass and ran for his third TD.

He was intercepted twice by Willie Williams in the opening quarter, but he beat the veteran cornerback on his winning TD pass to the streaking McKnight.

The veteran from Dartmouth, 14-7 in his two seasons as the Dolphins' starting quarterback, including 2-0 against Seattle, was determined to keep going to McKnight.

"We're going to keep coming," he said. "You saw that in the second half. I threw it up to him again and he made the play."

The Dolphins (4-2) regained the lead after the Seahawks (3-3) went ahead 20-17 on a 42-yard field goal by Rian Lindell in the final period.

The Miami defense had to overcome the offense's fourth turnover when McKnight fumbled after catching a pass near the sideline. The Seahawks' Reggie Tongue returned the ball 21 yards to the Miami 23 with 3:34 left. But Seattle was stopped at the 10 and Lindell missed a 28-yard field goal with 1:56 left.

Holmgren said his strategy was to make the field goal, get the ball back and then get another field goal to win the game.

"But to do that, we have to kick the first field goal," he said.

The officials had a busy day. They reversed a goal-line call and gave Lamar Smith a 1-yard touchdown run with 7 seconds left in the third quarter when the Dolphins tied the score at 17. Fiedler had a 43-yard completion to Chris Chambers on the 67-yard drive.

Matt Hasselbeck, returning as Seattle's starting quarterback after missing two starts because of a groin pull, rallied the Seahawks to a pair of touchdowns in the final 3:18 of the first half for a 14-10 lead.

After Seattle went three-and-out on its first two possessions in the second quarter, fans at Husky Stadium began chanting "Dilfer, Dilfer, Dilfer," calling on Holmgren to go back to Trent Dilfer as the Seahawks' quarterback.

The Seahawks used their third takeaway to set up their first TD. Orlando Huff forced a fumble by punt returner Jeff Ogden, and Alex Bannister recovered at the Miami 28. Hasselbeck found tight end Itula Mili on the goal line for a 15-yard touchdown pass.

The Seahawks got their second touchdown with 42 seconds left in the half when Hasselbeck passed to Darrell Jackson for 17 yards.

Miami got a field goal from Olindo Mare at the start of the second quarter after officials did their own version of a double reverse. At first, they ruled that Shaun Alexander had not lost a fumble at the Seattle 44, but they changed their call and rewarded the ball to the Dolphins.

"I don't know if we'll ever see a reversal of a reversal," Holmgren said. "I thought Shaun was clearly down."

Fiedler scored on a 10-yard run with less than six minutes left in the second quarter, giving the Dolphins a 10-0 lead.

Hasselbeck and Fielder had modest days, although Hasselbeck's 230-yard passing performance in his fourth start was his career best. Hasselbeck was 16-for-28 with two TDs and no interceptions. Fielder was 15-for-21 for 213 yards.

Alexander, starting his third straight game for injured Ricky Watters, had 87 yards on 23 carries, with two lost fumbles. Smith, a backup for the Seahawks from 1994-1997, had 35 yards on 21 carries in his first game back in Seattle.

Game notes
Hasselbeck's two touchdown passes were his first for Seattle. He also had two TD passes in his two seasons as Bret Favre's backup in Green Bay. ... Hasselbeck had a 64-yard pass to Jackson in the first quarter, the longest play by the Seahawks this season. ... The Dolphins won their 11th straight game against an AFC West team. ... With their four turnovers Sunday, the Dolphins have 17 for the season; nine pass interceptions by Fiedler and eight lost fumbles, two by Fielder. ... With their four takeaways Sunday, the Seahawks have seven in their last two games; five of them interceptions. ... Williams had his 21st and 22nd career interceptions, and his first this season. ... The Dolphins had three injuries: OT Todd Wade (low back strain), CB Jamar Fletcher (right ankle sprain) and special teams player Twan Russell (right knee strain).

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Scoring Summary

Drive info: 3 plays, 28 yds, 1:45
Drive info: 3 plays, 28 yds, 1:45
Drive info: 5 plays, 67 yds, 0:45
Drive info: 5 plays, 62 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 5 plays, 67 yds, 0:45
Drive info: 5 plays, 62 yds, 0:00
miaTD5:54Jay Fiedler, 10 yd run
Drive info: 9 plays, 65 yds, 4:07
miaFG14:19Olindo Mare 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 34 yds, 11:51
Drive info: 9 plays, 65 yds, 4:07
miaTD1:06Lamar Smith, 1 yd run
Drive info: 11 plays, 67 yds, 5:30
Drive info: 11 plays, 67 yds, 5:30
seaFG6:49Rian Lindell 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 59 yds, 8:41
seaFG10:21Rian Lindell 10 yd Field Goal1720