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Old 12-05-2005, 11:40 AM
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Default Dolphins Pull Off A Sunday Miracle

The Miami Dolphins may have turned the corner under Nick Saban after pulling off their biggest comeback in 31 years.

The Dolphins came back from a 20-point deficit in the final 12 minutes to beat the Buffalo Bills. "Hopefully this will turn things around and get this franchise back to its winning ways," said backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels. The Dolphins improved to 5-7, surpassing last year's win total, and kept alive their unrealistic playoff hopes. They head into Sunday's game at San Diego in second place in the AFC East behind New England (7-5).

Miami started the fourth quarter down 23-3. "I know there were a significant number of people who left the game," Saban said. "No negative criticism toward that, but at 23-3 the game is lost in a lot of people's minds. ...

"We're so result-oriented and quick to make determinations about what is and isn't. If our players thought like a lot of people, then they would quit playing."

Rosenfels led touchdown drives of 70, 49 and 73 yards in the 4th quarter. His final pass was a 4-yard score to Chris Chambers on fourth down with 6 seconds left, giving Miami a 24-23 win.

"Now that there's a belief we can do it, that may be something that builds a tremendous amount of confidence," Saban said. "It also reinforces the competitive spirit necessary to not look at the results, but just keep playing the next play, and good things can happen."

"It's great to have that kind of tenacity and attitude," Saban said. "But it's also great to have it from the start so you can dominate the game for 60 minutes, which is certainly our goal."

"We're over the hump now," said receiver Chris Chambers, who set team records with 15 receptions for 238 yards.

"To the fans who stuck around," Miami defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday said, "thank you."
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