Final

Dolphins 14

(7-6, 3-4 away)

Jaguars 10

(7-6, 5-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 13, 2009

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 7 7 0 014
JAX 0 7 3 010

Top Performers

Passing: C. Henne (MIA) - 220 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Williams (MIA) - 28 CAR, 108 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: G. Camarillo (MIA) - 7 REC, 110 YDS

Williams, Dolphins grind out win to snap Jags' home win streak

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins don't have any answers for their unblemished December record the past two seasons.

This much they know: It sure helps to have solid quarterback play, a strong running game and a stifling defense. They got all three Sunday and improved to 6-0 in December under coach Tony Sparano.

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Chad Henne completed a team-record 17 consecutive passes, Ricky Williams ran for 108 yards and a score and the Dolphins turned in one of their best defensive efforts of the season en route to a 14-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After starting 0-3, the Dolphins (7-6) moved above .500 for the first time in 2009 and positioned themselves right in the middle of the crowded AFC postseason race.

"All I know is that we're one step closer than we were before we started today," Sparano said. "There's no question this team feels they can go out and win every week. Right now, in December, that's all you can ask. We're 2-0 in December right now. That's important. A lot of teams wish they were 2-0 in December."

The loss snapped Jacksonville's five-game winning streak at home and left the Jaguars (7-6) likely needing to beat undefeated Indianapolis and New England to secure a wild-card spot.

Fast Facts

• Ricky Williams ran his 10th rushing TD this season, his most since 2002 when he had a career-high 16.

• Maurice Jones-Drew tied Fred Taylor's team record for most rushing TDs in a single season with his 14th.

• The Dolphins won for the fourth time in their last five games and are now 7-3 since starting the season 0-3.

• Chad Henne picked up his first career rushing touchdown in the second quarter.

• Bloggers' wrapups

• Rapid reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"As long as you have a chance, you still have hope," Jaguars quarterback David Garrard said. "That's really all you ask for. There are a lot of teams out there that can't say that."

Miami, which won its sixth consecutive game decided by seven points or fewer, stopped Garrard on fourth-and-3 with 1:20 remaining and then sacked Garrard on the final play to seal the victory. The Dolphins used a similar defensive stand to upset New England last week.

A week after slowing down Tom Brady and the Patriots, Miami was even better against Jacksonville. The Dolphins held Maurice Jones-Drew to 59 yards and a touchdown, sacked Garrard three times and forced six three-and-outs on Jacksonville's first eight possessions.

"You stop their run game, make them one-dimension, then you can tee off on them," Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell said.

Miami didn't run a single play from the wildcat formation for the second straight week. Didn't need to, either.

Williams pounded the Jaguars up the middle, taking advantage of John Henderson's absence, and Henne couldn't miss for most of the game.

Henne set the team record for most consecutive completions in a game. He fell one shy of Chad Pennington's franchise mark of 18 set over two games in 2008.

"Everyone was doing a wonderful job and giving me time to throw," said Henne, who threw 52 times for a career-high 335 yards last week.

Henne finished 21 of 29 for 220 yards Sunday.

"He keeps getting better and better," Sparano said. "To go on a string like he did in this kind of game, with this kind of magnitude, is great. The one thing that is happening with him is we have all the confidence in the world that he will lead you right down the field and make it happen."

Henne led the Dolphins on two long scoring drives in the first half, the first one capped by Williams' 1-yard TD run and the second by Henne's 1-yard bootleg.

Miami had outgained Jacksonville 176-14 early in the second quarter. The Jaguars tightened on defense and got back in the game thanks to two turnovers, Jones-Drew's short TD run and Josh Scobee's 25-yard field goal late in the third quarter.

They had several chances down the stretch, but couldn't get it done.

The Jaguars gambled three times on fourth down. They converted the first on their 35-yard line, but failed on the final two. Bell knocked away a pass intended for Mike Sims-Walker on one fourth-quarter drive -- Jacksonville only had 10 players on offense, allowing Bell to freelance the middle of the field -- then Miami's defense stuffed Garrard on a quarterback draw two possessions later.

Because of the team's 6-3 record in the conference, if Jacksonville wins its final three games, it would earn a playoff spot.

"We don't have any cushion," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "Now we know we've got to win out. We have hope. We're going to fight the good fight."

Game notes


Even though the game was blacked out on local television, Jacksonville had its biggest home crowd of the season (60,457). ... Williams reached double-digit scores for the second time in his career and first time since 2002. ... Dolphins were 8 of 15 on third down. ... Jones-Drew tied Fred Taylor's franchise record for rushing touchdowns in a season with his 14th. ... Jaguars FB Greg Jones injured his right ankle late and had X-rays.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
JAX
1st Downs2210
Passing 1st downs
143
Rushing 1st downs
85
1st downs from penalties
02
3rd down efficiency
8-153-14
4th down efficiency
1-11-3
Total Plays7154
Total Yards354217
Yards per play5.04.0
Total Drives1212
Passing208122
Comp-Att
21-2911-26
Yards per pass
6.74.2
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-123-17
Rushing14695
Rushing Attempts
4025
Yards per rush
3.73.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-21-2
Penalties4-272-10
Turnovers30
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession35:0624:54

Passing Leaders

MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Henne21/292207.6012-12
JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garrard11/261395.3003-17

Rushing Leaders

MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams281083.9112
Polite4184.505
JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones-Drew18593.3113
Garrard6264.3010

Receiving Leaders

MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Camarillo711015.7024
Hartline33411.3025
JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Holt27135.5063
Lewis23015.0016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIAJAX
miaTD2:37Ricky Williams 1 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 67 yds, 6:47
70
SECOND QUARTERMIAJAX
miaTD8:39Chad Henne 1 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 74 yds, 7:22
140
jaxTD2:33Maurice Jones-Drew 1 Yard Run (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 74 yds, 6:01
147
THIRD QUARTERMIAJAX
jaxFG4:59Josh Scobee 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 63 yds, 2:56
1410