Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Late TD Lifts Dolphins

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Late TD Lifts Dolphins

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Yes, even Peyton Manning is human. The Miami defense made sure of that.

The Dolphins remained in control of the AFC East by beating the Colts 17-14 on a 17-yard touchdown pass with 1:10 left from backup quarterback Damon Huard to Oronde Gadsden.

The 86-yard drive that ended in the winning score was set up by Brock Marion's interception of an ill-advised third-down pass by Manning with just under three minutes to go.

And the Miami defense, with Zach Thomas back at middle linebacker after missing five of the last six games, held the Colts to their lowest point total of the season and Manning to his second-lowest yardage total, 209.

"We have a lot of pride in our defense," Thomas said. "If Brock Marion does not intercept that ball, we probably don't win."

But Marion did, so the Dolphins (9-3) remained in first place in the division, a game ahead of the New York Jets and two ahead of Buffalo and Indianapolis (7-5).

"The Colts have a lot of firepower. To just give up 14 points to a team with the firepower they have, we're extremely excited," Miami linebacker Robert Jones said.

For the Colts, it was the third loss in their last four games, two of them cold-weather road games in Chicago and Green Bay. They have to go back outside against the Jets in the Meadowlands next week, a game that is now vital to their playoff hopes.

The Dolphins entered the game without quarterback Jay Fiedler and running back Lamar Smith, two of their most important offensive players. That left it to Huard, who won five of six games last year in place of the now-retired Dan Marino. But he threw for just 128 yards and was intercepted three times after Fiedler was injured in a loss to the Jets.

The Colts took the lead on two TD passes from Manning to Marvin Harrison, one from 28 yards in the first quarter and another from 8 yards. …

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