Final

Dolphins 33

(6-5, 5-1 away)

Raiders 17

(5-6, 4-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, November 28, 2010

O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 10 3 10 1033
OAK 7 7 0 317

Top Performers

Passing: C. Henne (MIA) - 307 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Williams (MIA) - 20 CAR, 95 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Bess (MIA) - 6 REC, 111 YDS

Chad Henne, Dolphins keep playoff hopes alive with fifth road win of season

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Chad Henne had quite the roller-coaster month, going from Miami starting quarterback to getting benched then injured and then back as starter.

He finished the up-and-down month on quite a high.

Henne made a triumphant return to the lineup to throw for 307 yards and two scores and Dan Carpenter kicked four field goals to help the Miami Dolphins beat the Oakland Raiders 33-17 Sunday.

"I knew my day would come again," Henne said. "The biggest thing is just staying confident in myself. I know I can get it done out there, I know I can get some wins out there. So, for me, it's just staying confident, fixing mistakes and just keep on improving as a quarterback."

Davone Bess had 111 yards receiving in his first game as a pro in his hometown, and Ricky Williams ran for 95 yards and a score for the Dolphins (6-5), who won for the fifth time in six road games to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Raiders (5-6) returned home following a 35-3 beating in Pittsburgh and put together another dud. Fan favorite Bruce Gradkowski got the nod ahead of Jason Campbell at quarterback, but threw two interceptions and led Oakland to just one offensive touchdown.

Rookie Jacoby Ford was the entire Raiders offense, returning the opening kickoff 101 yards for a score and catching a 44-yard TD pass from Gradkowski in the second quarter. But the Dolphins held Oakland to 16 yards rushing, including 2 on eight carries for Darren McFadden.

"We've played some great quarters, and we've played some great halves, but we haven't put a game together on defense," linebacker Channing Crowder said. "We played a complete game."

Miami also had an offensive turnaround, gaining 471 yards and holding the ball for 41:38 a week after being held to 187. But with Henne at the helm, it was a different story.

Henne lost his job to Chad Pennington earlier this month, then was sidelined by an injured left knee after Pennington's return to the lineup was cut short by a shoulder injury. But after Tyler Thigpen struggled in a 16-0 loss to Chicago last week, the Dolphins went back to Henne against the Raiders.

The improvement was evident from the start. Henne led Miami to scores on the first two possessions as the Dolphins' offense clicked all day.

"I want somebody to go out there and make me wrong," coach Tony Sparano said. "That's good. I have no problem with that. But Chad was really positive, and he knew all along here, that as we got on in this thing, that we were going to be counting on him."

Henne had success going against Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who still looks hampered by a sprained right ankle, and rookie Walter McFadden, who got his most extensive action with Chris Johnson out with a groin injury.

McFadden looked especially bad on the first drive of the second half when he went for an interception on an out route to Marlon Moore. Moore caught it and cruised for a 57-yard score that gave Miami a 20-14 lead. Henne kept targeting McFadden after that for big plays.

"That's something we definitely scouted and wanted to exploit early and fast," Bess said. "They gave up some big plays to us and we took advantage of it."

Carpenter added a 44-yard field goal, but Miami missed a chance to break the game open after a 47-yard punt return by Bess when Carpenter missed a 47-yard field goal.

Gradkowski threw an interception to Chris Clemons in the end zone on an underthrown pass to Ford. Ford then beat his former Clemson teammate Clemons for a 52-yard catch that set up a 30-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski. That cut Miami's lead to 23-17 early in the fourth quarter.

Carpenter added a 25-yard field goal and Williams iced it with a 45-yard TD run with 3:12 remaining.

The Raiders did nothing between Ford's two first-half touchdowns. Gradkowski threw an interception to Yeremiah Bell and Marcel Reece lost a fumble.

Gradkowski completed 17 of 32 passes for 252 yards and reinjured his shoulder on his final throw of the game so Oakland will likely go back to Campbell next week at San Diego.

"There was some good stuff and some inconsistency," Cable said of Gradkowski's play. "Again when you only have the ball a handful of times you don't get a real chance to go out and get some rhythm."

Henne, who threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Cobbs in the first quarter, drove the Dolphins downfield late in the half to lead to Carpenter's second field goal, a 23-yarder with 4 seconds left that made it 14-13.

Game notes


Henne has six career 300-yard passing games, second to Dan Marino's 63 in Miami history. ... The Dolphins have scored on their opening drive a league-best eight times this season. ... Ford's kickoff return was the third longest in Raiders history.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
OAK
1st Downs2411
Passing 1st downs
138
Rushing 1st downs
92
1st downs from penalties
21
3rd down efficiency
9-192-9
4th down efficiency
1-10-2
Total Plays8245
Total Yards471263
Yards per play5.75.8
Total Drives1411
Passing285247
Comp-Att
17-3017-32
Yards per pass
8.67.5
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-221-5
Rushing18616
Rushing Attempts
4912
Yards per rush
3.81.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-30-1
Penalties5-354-20
Turnovers13
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession41:3818:22

Passing Leaders

MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Henne17/3030710.2213-22
OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Gradkowski17/322527.9121-5

Rushing Leaders

MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams20954.8145
Brown24853.508
OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ford11313.0013
McFadden820.306

Receiving Leaders

MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Bess611118.5029
Hartline47518.8026
OAKRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ford410827.0152
Murphy47318.3029

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIAOAK
oakTD15:00Jacoby Ford 101 Yard Kickoff Return (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 29 yds, 2:07
07
miaFG12:45Dan Carpenter 49 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 29 yds, 2:07
37
miaTD5:42Patrick Cobbs 29 Yard Pass From Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 65 yds, 4:40
107
SECOND QUARTERMIAOAK
oakTD5:41Jacoby Ford 44 Yard Pass From Bruce Gradkowski (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 58 yds, 1:17
1014
miaFG0:08Dan Carpenter 23 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 15 plays, 75 yds, 5:28
1314
THIRD QUARTERMIAOAK
miaTD13:01Marlon Moore 57 Yard Pass From Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 72 yds, 2:08
2014
miaFG8:51Dan Carpenter 44 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 18 yds, 2:48
2314
FOURTH QUARTERMIAOAK
oakFG11:01Sebastian Janikowski 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 68 yds, 2:11
2317
miaFG4:07Dan Carpenter 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 73 yds, 6:54
2617
miaTD3:21Ricky Williams 45 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 46 yds, 0:16
3317

Research Notes

Jacoby Ford becomes the 3rd player in the last 5 seasons to return 2 kickoffs for a TD in his rookie season. Percy Harvin did it for the Vikings in 2009 and Devin Hester for the Bears in 2006.
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From Elias: The Raiders are the 1st team in NFL history to lose a game when one of its players has 100 yards receiving, a TD reception and a kickoff return for a TD. (Jacoby Ford)
Jacoby Ford has a kickoff ret TD and a receiving TD. He is just the 2nd Raider ever to have one of each in a single game. The only other Raider to do it was Bo Roberson in 1962.

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