Miami Dolphins Reel in Another Win

Kyle deManincorCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2008

If you have unsteady nerves and extreme anxiety, then I don't recommend watching the Miami Dolphins.

Miami continued its improbable turnaround Sunday, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 14-9 in yet another nerve-jerking finish.

The Fins improved to 9-5 and stayed tied with the Jets for the AFC East lead, a remarkable improvement from last year's 1-15 record.

Although it wasn't pretty, Miami was able to keep the Niners out of the end zone, allowing only three Joe Nedney field goals.  It was the third straight game that Miami hasn't allowed a touchdown, a stretch dating back to 1973.

Once again, Miami won in heart-stopping fashion, with Joey Porter sacking Shaun Hill on fourth down to seal the win.  The Niners controlled the ball for most of the game, but Miami's defense stepped up when it had to, sacking Hill five times, none bigger than Porter's sack.

Chad Pennington was efficient again, completing 12 of 19 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns, both coming in the first half.  Ronnie Brown wasn't effective until late into the fourth, finishing the game with 67 yards on just 10 carries.

The Fins didn't commit a turnover and are on pace to set an NFL record for fewest turnovers in a season.

They improved to 4-0 against West Coast teams this season, and if they win their final two games, they will reach the playoffs for the first time since 2001.