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12/16/2012 10:53 PM EST
Tannehill leads Dolphins past Jaguars, 24-3
MIAMI 24, JACKSONVILLE 3

By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) -- Ryan Tannehill took some hits when he came to the
sideline following the Miami Dolphins' final score.



The rookie weaved along the bench playfully jostled by a nudge
to the ribs, slaps on the helmet and whacks on the back. It was
standard stuff as NFL celebrations go, but unusual for Tannehill
and Miami's offense.



The Dolphins snapped their scoring slump with a ball-control
attack, while the defense made three stops on fourth down and
benefited from an odd penalty to help beat the Jacksonville
Jaguars 24-3.



"It feels good to go out and execute the game plan, have some
fun, have some long sustained drives and convert third downs,"
Tannehill said. "It was a lot of fun."



While Tannehill had a season-high passer rating of 123.2,
counterpart Chad Henne failed to reach the end zone playing in
Miami for the first time since he departed as a Dolphins bust
last offseason.



Tannehill went 22 for 28 for 220 yards and two scores with no
interceptions, and he ran eight times for 52 yards. Reggie Bush
rushed for 104 yards, including a 53-yarder, while Dan Carpenter
kicked field goals of 53, 30 and 31 yards.



Miami (6-8), ranked near the bottom of the league in points and
yards, had a season-high 26 first downs and won for only the
second time in the past seven games.



"These are the types of games we need to have more of," Bush
said. "We dominated a team we were supposed to beat."



The Jaguars (2-12) tied the franchise record for losses, set in
their inaugural 1995 season.



"We were not as disciplined as we have been - or we will be,"
coach Mike Mularkey said. "Every time we take a step forward, we
take two steps back. I take total blame for that."



Henne threw for 221 yards with no turnovers, but Jacksonville
had the ball for just 14 minutes in the final three periods. The
Dolphins' first four possessions of the second half resulted in
clock-eating drives of 76, 60, 64 and 85 yards.



With the score tied, an illegal-substitution penalty cost
Jacksonville a touchdown in the second quarter. Henne threw a
20-yard scoring pass to Justin Blackmon, but the play was
negated because Guy Whimper had entered the game as a third
tackle - as he had done five times earlier - without reporting
as an eligible receiver.



Whimper said he did report, but the officials apparently failed
to understand him.



"He reported to the offense a hundred times this year, and 400
times in practice," Mularkey said. "Today, for some reason, I
was told he didn't report. He said he reported, but the official
has to confirm it."



Instead of the score, the Jaguars retreated to their 25 and
eventually lost possession when Henne was stopped for no gain on
a fourth-and-1 sneak.



"That turned the whole game around," Miami linebacker Karlos
Dansby said.



Jacksonville had another touchdown taken off the board in the
final two minutes. Cecil Shorts' 4-yard scoring reception was
instead ruled incomplete when a replay review determined he
failed to come down in bounds.



On the next play, Henne threw incomplete on fourth down.



"It was one of those days where it was tough," Henne said.
"There are some plays out there I wish I could have back."



The stadium was only half full, a reflection of the matchup
between two teams out of the playoff race, and just a few
thousand fans remained to applaud the home team as the clock ran
out.



The Dolphins' first touchdown came when they converted three
third downs in a 14-play, 89-yard drive that ended with
Tannehill's 4-yard scoring pass to fullback Jorvorski Lane.
Tannehill went 6 for 6 on the drive.



Leading 10-3, the Dolphins tried a fake field goal at the
Jacksonville 5, but holder Brandon Fields' pass fell incomplete.
Miami quickly forced a punt, and Bush's long run set up another
field-goal situation. This time, Carpenter kicked a 30-yarder.



Dansby stopped Henne on fourth down at the Miami 11, and Jason
Trusnik tackled Montell Owens for no gain on fourth and 1 at the
15 early in the fourth quarter.



"Those plays were momentum-gainers," Dansby said. "They took
chances. We had to step up and get them off the field."



The Dolphins sewed up the victory with an 85-yard drive that
took nine minutes of the fourth quarter and ended with
Tannehill's 2-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano.



NOTES: Miami CB Nolan Carroll (left knee) and TE Charles Clay
(right knee) were hurt in the second quarter. ... The 1972
Dolphins, celebrating the 40th anniversary of their perfect
season, were honored at halftime. ... Miami's Brian Hartline
surpassed 1,000 yards receiving for the first time. ... Blackmon
had six catches to increase his season total to 51, the most by
a Jaguars rookie.



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