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Colts 18, Dolphins 12

Backup's backup keeps Colts alive

MIAMI — On the brink of elimination from the playoff race, the Colts dug in.

Their defense made a last-minute stand, third-string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst came off the bench and Indianapolis kept faint postseason hopes alive by beating Miami.

The Dolphins had first and goal at the 5 with 40 seconds left, but after three consecutive incompletions, rookie backup center Jamil Douglas snapped the ball prematurely, and Ryan Tannehill was sacked by three Colts.

Indy quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, himself replacing Andrew Luck, left injured and Whitehurst led two scoring drives in relief.

The Colts still need a win, a Houston loss next week and a Denver win tonight.

"We did our job today," Whitehurst said. "That's kind of what we can control. We need a little bit of help."

Miami was eliminated two weeks ago, and a half-empty stadium reflected the franchise's sad state.

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Colts 18, Dolphins 12 12/27/15 [Last modified: Sunday, December 27, 2015 9:29pm]
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