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Rookie Tannehill leads Dolphins past Rams

Published On: Oct 14 2012 04:18:12 PM CDT
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MIAMI -

Ryan Tannehill threw a pair of touchdown passes and rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein missed a 66-yard field goal try as time expired, as Miami defeated visiting St. Louis for the fifth straight time.

Tannehilll threw a 29-yard scoring pass to an uncovered Marlon Moore as the Dolphins (3-3) scored 17 straight points to win their second straight game. The rookie also threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Anthony Fasano.

St. Louis had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but although Zuerlein's kick appeared to have the distance, it missed to the left.

The Rams (3-3) took a 6-0 lead on a pair of field goals, but Zuerlein then missed consecutive field goal attempts - the first misses of his pro career - and Miami led 10-6 at the break despite being out-gained by the Rams 294-99.

Sam Bradford scored on a dive from a yard out and then converted the two-point play on a pass to Steven Jackson to cut the deficit to 17-14 with 8:51 to play. St. Louis got the ball back but Bradford was sacked with under a minute to play by Olivier Vernon, adding several yards to Zuerlein’s game-tying attempt in the final seconds.

Game notebook: Tannehill was 21-for-29 for 185 yards. Bradford was 26-for-39 for 315 yards. …Zeurlein converted his first 15 field goal attempts of his career, a St. Louis rookie record. The streak was snapped when he missed a 52-yarder in the second quarter. He then missed again right before halftime. … Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas missed the game with a concussion. …The Rams gained 162 yards on the ground. Miami entered the game ranked No. 1 in the NFL in rushing defense.