For at least one day, the Miami Dolphins can go to sleep winners. Yes, possibly the most futile team in NFL history finally got off the fence on Sunday, as Greg Camarillo took a pass and raced 64-yards for a game-winning score in OT as the Dolphins moved to 1-13 with a 22-16 win over the stunned Baltimore Ravens. The win for the Fins means that the League will have to wait at least one more year for a team to go 0-16.
“It was like watching one of those plays in slow motion, and it’s the Super Bowl and the miraculous catch and all those things,” the Fins Vonnie Holliday said. “It was up there like that for us. Maybe not for everybody else, but for us it was up there with all those great catches — Dwight Clark and all those guys.” It seemed like the Dolphins were headed for 0-14 after the Ravens tied the game up late in OT, and then lined up for a 44-yard Matt Stover field goal that would have won it in overtime.
But with the 1972 perfect Dolphins looking on, Stover missed the field goal, giving new life to the Dolphins, life they would not let go away. On third down Camarillo took short pass and then broke over the middle and found himself sprinting towards the end zone for the touchdown. A touchdown that would send the Dolphins home winners and the Ravens embarrassed. “Eight losses in a row — I think everything stinks at this point, whether it’s the Dolphins or whether we were playing Missouri,” Ravens center Mike Flynn said.
The Ravens may have gotten a look at the future for the second straight week at QB. Troy Smith came in for a hurt Kyle Boller (concussion), and drove the team for a game-tying field goal late in regulation. He then seemed to have the team on the verge of a win before Stover missed the 44 yarder that would have won the game and snapped the Ravens now eight-game losing streak.
Cleo Lemon was the offensive star for the Dolphins, going 23-for-39 for 315 yards. Next week the Dolphins will travel to New England to take on the Pats. With the Pats now at 14-0, the Fins are for sure to be at least the 24 or more point underdog that the Jets were this past Sunday. The Ravens will look to break their losing streak at Seattle.