MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – In a first half played close to the vest, the Browns and Dolphins emerged at halftime tied at 3.
Miami’s Dan Carpenter tied the game with a 60-yard field goal with two seconds left. The Dolphins reached the 29-yard line, went backward, then moved barely close enough for Carpenter to slip one over the crossbar.
It was the longest field goal of Carpenter’s career and in Miami history.
Both game plans were conservative – including runs on third-and-longs on the cusp of field-goal range – but Miami quarterback Chad Henne sabotaged the plan with a pair of interceptions. The second pick, by safety Abram Elam on a high throw over the middle, set up Cleveland’s score. Elam returned it 18 yards to the Miami 28-yard line.
The Browns picked up a first down, then receiver Chansi Stuckey couldn’t come down with a ball in the back of the end zone and receiver Mohamed Massaquoi had a back-shoulder pass go off his fingertips near the goal line. Both were tough chances.
Phil Dawson kicked a 32-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
Rookie cornerback Joe Haden had the other Browns interception on a deep ball well underthrown. Brian Hartline had gotten behind Hartline.
Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme, who was ripped for throwing two interceptions last week in a win, was extremely careful with the ball. He chose to throw it away or dump it off to running back Peyton Hillis. Delhomme was 11-for-17 for just 48 yards.
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