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Wilson was the better rookie QB for much of the afternoon. He completed 16 consecutive attempts and finished with a hefty passer rating of 125.9.
“We did a lot of great things, but we did some stuff that’s not characteristic of us,” Wilson said.
The Seahawks lost yardage on their final three plays and were forced to punt from midfield, allowing theDolphins to start at their own 10 with 1:32 left.
“There was no panic,” Tannehill said. “Everyone felt confident out there.”
Tannehill quickly moved Miami downfield and finished 18 for 26 for 253 yards and a score. He broke theDolphins’ rookie record of 2,210 yards passing set by Dan Marino in 1983.
Wilson went 21 for 27 for 224 yards and two scores, increasing his season total to 17 TD passes. He also ran for 38 yards.
With the score 14-all, Washington took a kickoff on the run, found a seam, juked past Carpenter and was in the clear to score untouched on a 98-yard return. Washington tied the career record for touchdowns on kickoff returns held by Josh Cribbs of Cleveland.
The lawn sprinklers came on between plays in the third period, causing a brief delay and drawing a roar from the amused crowd. Otherwise Miami fans had little to cheer about until the Dolphins‘ offense suddenly came to life in the fourth quarter after scoring only two touchdowns over the previous 13 periods.
Mindful of Miami’s sputtering offense, Carroll played for field position, punting when his team had the ball at the Miami 40, 48 and 38. The conservative strategy helped keep the Dolphins pinned deep, and they started outside their 20 on only one possession.
Their touchdowns came on drives of 94, 82 and 80 yards.
“We never got rattled,” said Davone Bess, who made seven receptions for a career-high 129 yards. “We just continued to stay poised, and Ryan hit the open guys.”
NOTES: Seattle G James Carpenter left the game in the first half with a left knee injury. … With Dan Carpenter’s game-winning kick, Seahawks opponents improved to 17 for 17 on field-goal tries this year. … Miami improved to 12-1 since 1997 at home against teams from the West Coast. … The Dolphins announced that their annual cycling event raised $2.2 million for Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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