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Dolphins 17, Rams 14

Fins do a lot wrong, turn out all right

MIAMI — The Dolphins' dysfunction took many forms, including Ryan Tannehill's backward pass that flew out of bounds for a 17-yard loss. His offensive linemen committed four penalties in a three-play span, and defensive breakdowns and replay overrules were recurring problems.

Even so, the Dolphins did enough right to hold off the Rams.

Tannehill threw two touchdowns and the Dolphins turned back several St. Louis scoring threats, including a 66-yard field goal try by rookie Greg Zuerlein that looked long enough but was wide left on the final play. Miami won despite being outgained 462-192.

"We know how football is played," receiver Davone Bess said. "It's not about statistics; it's about winning. Pretty, ugly, it doesn't matter. It's just about winning."

The Rams moved 49 yards to face fourth and 7 at the Miami 48-yard line with 30 seconds left. Rather than go for a first down, coach Jeff Fisher sent Zuerlein out for what would have been an NFL record field goal by 3 yards.

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