Seahawks 19

(2-7, 1-4 away)

Dolphins 21

(5-4, 3-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 9, 2008

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 0 7 6 619
MIA 7 7 0 721

Top Performers

Passing: C. Pennington (MIA) - 209 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Williams (MIA) - 12 CAR, 105 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Ginn (MIA) - 4 REC, 67 YDS, 1 TD

Dolphins use trickery, long TDs to hold off Seahawks

Associated Press

MIAMI -- Their lead in jeopardy, the Miami Dolphins preserved it by batting down a 2-point conversion pass with less than three minutes left.

Next, instant replay saved them from a potentially costly fumble. Then they needed one final defensive stand, which ended at midfield with an incomplete pass on fourth down.

Fast Facts

• The Dolphins have won three straight for the first time since winning four straight in Weeks 9-12 in 2006.

• The Seahawks have lost two straight and five of their last six.

• The Dolphins (5-4) are above .500 for the first time since finishing the 2005 season 9-7.

• Ricky Williams had a 51-yard TD run for Miami, his longest run since 2002. Williams finished with 105 yards on 12 rushes, his first 100-yard game since the season finale in 2005.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

Winning's not easy -- as the Dolphins know all too well. They withstood a frantic rally by injury-riddled Seattle to win 21-19 Sunday and climb above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2005 season.

"It stresses me out," guard Justin Smiley said of the wild finish. "I've got bad nerves as it is. I'm sure it was awesome for the fans, but it was nerve-racking."

Miami scored one long touchdown on a flea-flicker and another with a new play from its Wildcat formation. But their biggest surprise is a 5-4 record.

After going 1-15 last season, Miami has won three games in a row and is only one game out of first place in the tight AFC East.

"At the beginning of the season, no one probably expected it," running back Ricky Williams said. "But we knew we had something special here."

The Dolphins' sizable bag of tricks saved them on a day the offense sputtered. The Wildcat -- shut out in the past three games -- produced scores on a 51-yard run by Williams and a 16-yard run by Ronnie Brown. Ted Ginn Jr. scored his first touchdown this season when he made a fingertip catch in the end zone of a 39-yard pass from Chad Pennington on a flea-flicker.

Williams ran for 105 yards on 12 carries -- his first 100-yard game since Jan. 1, 2006. It almost wasn't enough.

The Seahawks (2-7) trailed for the final 53 minutes but nearly forced overtime.

"We have a lot of people banged up, but we're all fighting," said backup quarterback Seneca Wallace, who started his fourth game in a row. "We came up a little short."

Koren Robinson dropped a pass in the end zone in the third quarter but caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Wallace with 2:57 left to make the score 21-19.

On the 2-point conversion try, Seattle was pushed back to the 8 because of a false start, and Yeremiah Bell batted away Wallace's pass at the goal line.

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Seattle recovered a fumble inside the Miami 30 on the next series, but officials reviewed the play and ruled Pennington was down before the ball came loose. The Dolphins then punted, and Seattle advanced to the Miami 49 before Wallace's pass glanced off the hands of John Carlson on fourth-and-10 with 18 seconds left.

"Hey, nobody said this was going to be easy," Miami coach Tony Sparano said. "Not in this league."

The Seahawks' first touchdown came on Jordan Babineaux's 35-yard interception return, after the Dolphins used trickery to score touchdowns on their first two possessions for a 14-0 lead.

A 90-yard drive ended when Brown took a handoff and flipped the ball back to Pennington, who hit a well-covered Ginn in the end zone.

"Chad put it in a great spot," Ginn said. "I just threw my hands out there. It was right in the breadbasket."

The Dolphins gave the Wildcat a fresh twist to strike again. Brown took a direct snap and handed to Williams running straight ahead, where he found a gaping hole to score untouched.

For the day, the Wildcat netted 82 yards in seven plays. The funky formation has produced eight touchdowns this season.

"Our offense is versatile," Williams said. "We just try to take what other teams are giving us. If they're not giving us much, we have to create."

A mistake by Pennington let the Seahawks back into the game. When he threw under pressure, Babineaux stepped in front of the intended receiver for an interception -- only Seattle's fourth this season -- and sprinted to the end zone.

But the Seahawks never overcame the early deficit.

"It's a little bit like Groundhog Day for us," coach Mike Holmgren said. "The team showed great fortitude after falling behind 14-0 early, and looking pretty bad doing it. ... Too little, too late."

Game notes

Wallace said he strained his groin early in the game. He said it hampered his mobility but not his throwing. ... Seahawks FB Leonard Weaver left the game in the second quarter because of sore ribs, Holmgren said. ... NFL sack leader Joey Porter added a half sack to increase his career-high total to 12. ... Miami went 2-for-2 on fourth-down conversions and is 8-for-11 this year.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2120
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6465
Total Yards298361
Yards per play4.75.6
Total Drives911
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-31-1
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10

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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

miaTD8:59Ted Ginn Jr. 39 Yard Pass From Chad Pennington (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 90 yds, 6:10
miaTD15:00Ricky Williams 51 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 76 yds, 2:59
seaTD8:31Jordan Babineaux 35 Yard Interception Return (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 12 yds, 2:26
seaFG11:11Olindo Mare 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 31 yds, 3:54
seaFG3:35Olindo Mare 27 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 48 yds, 4:14
miaTD5:46Ronnie Brown 16 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 16 plays, 79 yds, 9:06
seaTD3:03Koren Robinson 3 Yard Pass From Seneca Wallace (Seneca Wallace Pass to John Carlson For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 55 yds, 2:41