The Miami Dolphins defense finally managed to take a late lead hold up and put an end to its successive overtime defeats, beating Cincinnati Bengals with 17-13 on Sunday, October 7 2012 at Paul Brown Stadium. The struggling Dolphins carried a lead into the fourth quarter for the fourth straight game and despite of the past numbers against the Jets and Cardinals, they turned the match against the Bengals who lost their chance for a great finish. The past two weeks appeared to be more depressing for their fans, when Dolphins broke twice in the overtime against their division rivals New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. But, the Sunday's game ended better than what expected from Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins downfall through last two games had been the turnovers for the team - first they missed a potential game-changing goal attempt in overtime to receive a 23-20 loss against the New York Jets on Sunday, September 23. Then, again falling for the second time in a row, the Dolphins who took control of most of the game, lost a wild game in overtime because of a last-minute field goal against the undefeated Arizona Cardinals (24-21 )last Sunday. The second consecutive wrenching defeat against the Cardinals, followed by the loss against the Jets, has dropped the Dolphins to 1-3. That was the second time when Dolphins played back-to-back games in overtime since 1987, when they lost to Jets and Buffalo.
It was probably a big day for Dolphins and it was their defense that carried the day, and despite of two tough weeks, the Sunday's game turned out to be in favor of Miami. It was an easy interception that helped them finish off against the Cincinnati Bengals - it was Reshad Jones' interception of the Andy Dalton's overthrown pass at midfield with 1 minute and 22 seconds remaining that sealed the Dolphins' 17-13 victory over Bengals. Though it wasn't a easy week for Dolphins, especially without their starting cornerback Richard Marshall who will be out this week prior to a back injury, they brought the game pretty hard on the Bengals.
The Miami Dolphins, despite being the best run defense through the first four games in the season, had showed some bad game in the last two weeks against the Jets and the Cardinals. On the other hand, Bengals' defense was excellent through the first quarter and they had a pretty good chance to make Dolphins sweat on Sunday, but it was Mike Nugent's 42-yard miss with three minutes left that placed Dolphins at 2-3. Now, Miami Dolphins is looking forward to take on St. Louis Rams next Sunday at Sun Life Stadium, to make its score even with 3-3.