Colts Vs. Dolphins: Lack of Ball Possession Doesn't Stop Manning Beating 'Phins

Dustin PollackContributor ISeptember 22, 2009

MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 21:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on September 21, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
With three minutes and 44 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Indianapolis Colts' reigning MVP quarterback Peyton Manning put together a quick 80-yard drive to put the Colts up 27-23.
Although Manning stole the show late in the fourth quarter, the game had plenty of action from the Dolphins' offense as well.
Courtesy of Miami's infamous "wildcat offense" running backs, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams were able to rush for a combined 205 yards and two touchdowns. (Both by Brown)
Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington looked decent despite the loss, completing 33 passes for 183 yards. And though he was unable to manufacture any big plays, it was partially the fault of his receivers. With 35 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Pennington aired out a pass to Ted Ginn in the end zone, but the ball slipped through the receiver's finger tips.
Colts tight end, Dallas Clarke set a career high for receiving yards tonight with 183. including an 80-yard reception for a touchdown on the very first play of the game.
Even though the Colts' offense only had possession of the football for just over 14 minutes (less than 1/4 of the game) they were still able to improve to 2-0 this season. As for the Dolphins, they fall to 0-2 and look for their first win Sunday against the the San Diego Chargers.
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