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Rashad Jones’ interception helps preserve 20-19 victory for Dolphins

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Rashad Jones made a game-saving interception in the end zone with 4:32 remaining to preserve a 20-19 victory by the Miami Dolphins over the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones picked off Eagles’ QB Mark Sanchez’s throw intended for Miles Austin, ending the Eagles final scoring threat and disappointing their screaming (and booing) fans.

Scoring came in bunches as the game was a punt-fest for both teams. Miami punted 8 times while Philadelphia kicked it away 6 times.

Neither team rushed for 100 yards and each team recorded four sacks. Ryan Tannehill was 21 for 36 passing for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns for Miami. One of those involved Jarvis Landry catching a batted ball in the end zone that put Miami ahead, 20-16 at the end of the third quarter.

Sam Bradford threw for 236 yards and a touchdown for Philadelphia before injuring his shoulder. Sanchez had 156 yards and the crucial interception.

After the Dolphins opened the scoring with an Andrew Franks 42-yard field goal, the Eagles scored 16 consecutive points. Bradford found Josh Huff for a short touchdown to go up 7-3.

The Dolphins, for the third straight game, gave up a safety and when Philadelphia went on a 10-play, 58-yard drive after the ensuing free kick, the Eagles led, 16-3.

After a Dolphin field goal, Miami’s special teams made a huge play, blocking Donnie Jones’ punt and recovering at the Philadelphia 12. Tannehill’s 13-yard pass to Lamar Miller got the Dolphins within 3 at half.

In the end, Landry’s bizarre play stood up, thanks to the Jones interception and the Dolphin defense forcing the Eagles to turn the ball over on downs in the final minute.

Miami improves to 4-5 for the season and 3-2 under interim coach Dan Campbell. The win snaps a two game losing streak featuring lopsided losses to division foes New England and Buffalo.

The Dolphins host the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday. Dallas lost their seventh consecutive game on Sunday to Tampa Bay, 10-6. Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo is expected to make his return after missing the past 7 games.

Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

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