Final

Dolphins 26

(4-4, 2-2 away)

Broncos 17

(4-4, 3-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, November 2, 2008

Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 13 3 0 1026
DEN 7 0 3 717

Top Performers

Passing: J. Cutler (DEN) - 307 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: R. Brown (MIA) - 20 CAR, 59 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Hillis (DEN) - 7 REC, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Dolphins pick off Cutler three times, deal Broncos another defeat

Associated Press

DENVER -- Brandon Marshall couldn't catch a pass or a break Sunday, his career-best 77-yard touchdown grab negated by a borderline push-off flag that fueled Miami's 26-17 win over the bedeviled Denver Broncos.

Fast Facts

• The Miami defense forced three Jay Cutler interceptions and held the Broncos to 14 rushing yards in winning for the second straight game.

• Greg Camarillo set career highs with 11 catches for 111 yards, and Ronnie Brown added 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

• Miami improved to 4-4, winners of four of its last six, while the Broncos fell to 4-4 after starting 3-0.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

About the only thing the Broncos superstar caught Sunday was flack from Joey Porter, the Miami motormouth who helped hold him to just two catches while the Dolphins improved to 4-4.

"He's one of those guys that if he don't get the ball in the first two series in the first quarter, he's out of it," Porter said. "He had 18 catches in a game before. So he's not used to going the whole first half with no balls. We got in his head and he pretty much was done."

On second thought ...

"I didn't get inside his head, we just were talkin'. He got in his own head. He was done," Porter said. "He's one of those soft receivers, where he has to have the ball all the time. If he don't get it, he's going to mope and cry. He did it to himself."

Marshall wasn't around to defend himself by the time Porter called him out, but he did have plenty to say about himself and he spiced up his comments with criticisms of the Broncos (4-4), who lost for the fourth time in five games.

"When the quarterback sees 1-high or cover-1 [coverage], he's got to be on the same page as me and get the ball to me," Marshall said. "But it's a team game, and oh, well."

Asked about Denver's inability to make Miami pay for stacking the line with eight men in the box -- the Dolphins held the Broncos to 14 yards on 12 carries -- Marshall took shots at both his offense and defense.

"I mean, when I look at it, it's common sense. If I was a receiver going against our defense and they're stacking the box and we're playing a 1-high defense and eight in the box, and the DBs are 10 yards off of me, I'm going to catch 10, 12 balls a game," Marshall fumed.

"I mean, I don't even know that [Miami] receiver's name who caught all those balls," he said. "It's simple. Tighten up the coverage and just play ball. It's simple. It's real simple. They don't need to be 10 yards off. Tighten it up. You see they don't do that against us. The reason why is because a receiver will kill them. I don't even know the name of that receiver. Don't know it."

That receiver's name is Greg Camarillo, and he caught 11 passes from Chad Pennington for 111 yards against Karl Paymah, who was making his first start in place of injured cornerback Champ Bailey.

Marshall caught his first pass with less than a minute left in the third quarter, then hauled in a 77-yard toss from Jay Cutler on the next play, only to turn around and see the yellow flag taunting him.

"There was definitely some contact, but this type of game, this type of environment, you've got to let us play," Marshall said. "It's a physical game.

"I mean, the refs did a great job today."

The score would have been tied at 16 with the pending point-after about to put Denver ahead for the first time. But side judge Allen Baynes ruled that Marshall pushed off cornerback Jason Allen just before hauling in the pass at midfield.

"Of course it was a good call," Allen said with a grin. "I felt like I had a pretty good jam on him, from the line. When I turned around and looked for the ball, had a little push off there."

Cutler was so infuriated by the call that he ripped the towel from his waist and tossed it in the direction of Baynes, who had his back turned to him, as the third quarter ended moments later.

Still smarting, Cutler threw his third interception on the first play of the fourth quarter, this one to safety Tyrone Culver, and the Dolphins capitalized on Dan Carpenter's fourth field goal, a 41-yarder that made it 19-10.

Rookie fullback Peyton Hillis, who caught seven passes for 116 yards, made it 19-17 with a 1-yard TD catch from Cutler, but the Dolphins sealed it on Ronnie Brown's 2-yard touchdown run in the waning minutes.

The Broncos lost leading tackler D.J. Williams to a torn MCL in his left knee, starting tailback Michael Pittman to a re-injured neck and safety Marlon McCree to a sprained ankle -- and they've got a short turnaround, too, with a game at Cleveland coming up Thursday night.

Cutler tossed interceptions on two of his first four passes, with Will Allen returning the second one 32 yards for a touchdown that made it 13-0.

Rookie Eddie Royal's 95-yard kickoff return set up his own 2-yard TD catch that made it 13-7.

Game notes


The Dolphins scored 13 of their points off turnovers. In the last five games, the Broncos have allowed 60 points off turnovers while not scoring a single point off takeaways themselves. ... Hillis is the third running back in Broncos history to gain 100 yards in a game through the air and the first since Floyd Little in 1974. ... The only time the Broncos rushed for fewer yards was on Oct. 22, 1972, when they ran for just 13 at Oakland.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
DEN
1st Downs2114
Passing 1st downs
1613
Rushing 1st downs
40
1st downs from penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
4-146-16
4th down efficiency
1-10-1
Total Plays7259
Total Yards341319
Yards per play4.75.4
Total Drives1312
Passing266305
Comp-Att
23-4024-46
Yards per pass
6.26.5
Interceptions thrown
13
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-151-2
Rushing7514
Rushing Attempts
2912
Yards per rush
2.61.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-22-2
Penalties2-4210-81
Turnovers13
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
13
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession36:3223:28

Passing Leaders

MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Pennington23/402817.0012-7
Brown0/000.0001-8
DENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cutler24/463076.7231-2

Rushing Leaders

MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown20593.0130
Williams6162.704
DENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hal177.007
Pittman740.602

Receiving Leaders

MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Camarillo1111110.1023
Ginn Jr.33812.7013
DENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hillis711616.6147
Royal7699.9120

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIADEN
miaFG11:40Dan Carpenter 45 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yds, 2:06
30
miaFG6:01Dan Carpenter 47 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 59 yds, 4:42
60
miaTD5:05Will Allen 32 Yard Interception Return (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 2 yds, 0:58
130
denTD3:54Eddie Royal 2 Yard Pass From Jay Cutler (Matt Prater Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 5 yds, 1:08
137
SECOND QUARTERMIADEN
miaFG0:07Dan Carpenter 23 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 14 plays, 88 yds, 4:52
167
THIRD QUARTERMIADEN
denFG8:16Matt Prater 50 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 66 yds, 5:40
1610
FOURTH QUARTERMIADEN
miaFG12:02Dan Carpenter 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 20 yds, 2:53
1910
denTD11:15Peyton Hillis 1 Yard Pass From Jay Cutler (Matt Prater Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 80 yds, 0:48
1917
miaTD3:10Ronnie Brown 2 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 80 yds, 8:02
2617