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article imageNFL: Broncos beat helpless Dolphins 18-15 in overtime

By Austin Tyler     Oct 24, 2011 in Sports
Miami - Tim Tebow was the story of the day when it came to getting his first official start of the season. They honored his National Championship team before the game as it felt like a home game for him with Tebow playing at University of Florida.
The Denver Broncos (2-4) visited a Miami Dolphins (0-6) team that has yet to win a game this season. The Broncos came into the game with Tim Tebow at quarterback taking over for Kyle Orton. The Dolphins are using Matt Moore at quarterback after losing starter Chad Henne earlier in the season.
This game was extremely ugly from the jump when it came to both teams trying to move the ball. Neither team gained more than 40-yards on any of the drives in first quarter. Tim Tebow (13/27, 161 yards, 2 TD’s) and Matt Moore (22/33, 197 yards, 1 TD) were horrible to begin the game, but the Tebow affect was not going on at all in the first half period.
Willis McGahee (18 carries, 76 yards) started the drive for the Broncos after they got a punt that put them in Miami’s territory. McGahee had a 3 and 12-yard run to get them in field-goal range. The drive stalled as Tebow was sacked for a 4-yard loss. They brought Matt Prater for a 49-yard field-goal, but he missed it wide right.
Miami made a move into Denver’s territory late in the first with 1:40 left as their drive went into the second quarter. Moore connected with Brandon Marshall (6 receptions, 61 yards) and Brian Hartline (2 receptions, 29 yards) to start the drive. The drive slowly moved into the Broncos territory with Daniel Thomas (19 carries, 53 yards) running the ball. Dan Carpenter came on and made a 38-yard field-goal to give the Dolphins a 3-0 lead.
McGahee and Knowshon Moreno (7 carries, 28 yards) did most of the damage on the ground with their legs as the Broncos ran the ball almost the whole drive. McGahee and Moreno both had 19-yards rushing on this drive. Tebow had one pass and that was for 16-yards to Spencer Larsen for his only catch of the day. The Broncos drive stalled and they brought Prater in for a 43-yard field-goal this time, and he missed it again, but wide left.
Miami got the ball and they tried to move the ball with Reggie Bush (10 carries, 42 yards) who had a 5 and 12-yard run to start the drive. They went to Bush four straight times on this dive getting one first-down, but ended up having to punt the ball away to the Broncos.
The Broncos came back and went back to the ground game with McGahee. On the fourth play of the drive McGahee was Tyrone Culver who forced him to fumble and Yeremiah Bell recovered it for the Dolphins.
The Dolphins started with the ball in the Broncos territory and got the ball moving with a Bush run. Thomas then came in and had a 14-yard run to keep the drive going and get a first down. Miami then could not get any closer and had to settle for another Carpenter field-goal. The 36-yard field-goal made it a 6-0 lead with 2:41 left in the half.
The game did not get interesting until the fourth quarter with Miami going 72-yards on a drive that started at the 6:25 mark in the third quarter. The third quarter was all three and outs and punts by both teams.
With six-minutes into the fourth quarter the Dolphins got a touchdown with Moore connecting with Anthony Fasano (2 receptions, 22 yards, 1 TD) for a 16-yard touchdown to finish the 72-yard drive. Moore used his arm on most of this drive as he connected with Davone Bess (7 receptions, 52 yards) for a total of 29-yards as they took a 12-0 lead.
Miami got the ball back after a Denver punt, and Moore hit Charles Clay with his only catch of the day for 29-yards. Moore then connected with Hartline for a 15-yard pass and catch. The drive stopped on the Broncos 25-yardline and Carpenter came in for another field-goal. This one was a 43-yarder and it made the game 15-0.
With 5:23 left in the game the Broncos went into the no huddle shotgun formation. Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas (3receptions, 27 yards, 1 TD) with a 15-yard pass to start the drive. The big play of the drive came on a 42-yard pass to Matt Willis for his only catch of the game. Tebow (8 carries, 65 yards) then had a 13-yard run to get them on the Dolphins 5-yardline. Tebow went back to Thomas for a 5-yard touchdown, and made it a 15-7 game.
The Broncos got the ball right back as they kicked an onside kick and they recovered it. Denver had good field position and the Dolphins went into the prevent defense with a spy. They stopped blitzing Tebow which was what made him wildly inconsistent to begin the game. Tebow connected with Thomas to begin the drive, and later hit Daniel Fells (2 receptions, 31 yards, 1 TD) 28-yard gain. He finished the drive by going back to Fells for a 3-yard touchdown that made it 15-13.
With them down by two the Broncos lined up and went for a he two-point conversion. Tebow got the ball and ran up the middle to complete the conversion and make it a tie game with .17 second left.
The game went into overtime and both teams punted the ball away on their first drives. The Dolphins got the ball with 11:48 left in the game and they began to move down the field, but D.J. Williams came on a blitz and sacked Moore. Williams forced Moore to fumble and Williams recovered it to give Denver great field-position.
The Broncos ran the ball three straight times on the drive and then settled for a field-goal. Prater had missed all of his field-goals the whole game, but they brought him on to attempt a 52-yarder. Prater came on and kicked it straight through the uprights and gave the Broncos an 18-15 win.
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