NFL: Dolphins stop Bengals in OT on safety
Miami Gardens, Fla. • With the Miami Dolphins needing any kind of score to end a four-game losing streak, two points were plenty.
Cameron Wake sacked Andy Dalton for a safety with 6:38 left in overtime, and Miami beat the Cincinnati Bengals 22-20 on Thursday night.
On third-and-10 from the 8, Dalton retreated to the goal line and was tackled by Wake coming up the middle for the third overtime safety in NFL history. The officials immediately signaled the score, which was upheld following a replay review.
"We called a pressure, and the guys executed it well," coach Joe Philbin said. "Cam had good pressure throughout the game and he made a play to end the game"
Wake had three sacks, and Cincinnati committed four turnovers that might have meant a difference of 17 points.
The Dolphins (4-4) won for the first time since their 3-0 start and snapped a four-game winning streak by the Bengals (6-3), who still enjoy a two-game lead in the AFC North.
"You never want to lose four games in a row," Philbin said, "and we had an excellent football team coming in town. It was time for us to step up and we had to make a decision what are we going to be? And I thought they answered the bell pretty well tonight."
The teams traded punts to start overtime. After Cincinnati's Terence Newman was called for a 38-yard pass interference penalty, the Bengals dug in and forced another punt that pinned them deep, setting up the safety by Wake.
"My eyes were downfield, and he was there pretty quick," Dalton said, adding he thought he was out of the end zone.
According to STATS, Minnesota's Mike Merriweather had the first NFL overtime safety in 1989 against the Los Angeles Rams, and Chicago's Adewale Ogunleye had the second against Tennessee in 2004.
The Bengals could have tried a 56-yard field goal in overtime but punted to the Dolphins instead.
"We had a chance, maybe," Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said, "but we felt better about pinning them down."
Lewis made another questionable decision at the end of the first half.
When the Bengals started from their own 15 with no timeouts and 45 seconds left, he decided against running out the clock.
Dalton's pass was intercepted by Dimitri Patterson, setting up a 36-yard field goal by Caleb Sturgis.
O Cameron Wake's third sack of the game results in a game-winning safety in overtime.
• The Dolphins snap a three-game skid by ending the Bengals' four-game winning streak.