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Week 6: Miami 17, St. Louis 14 (W)

Week 6: Miami 17, St. Louis 14 (W)
Ram's quarterback Sam Bradford looks to throw in the first half. (Robert Duyos, Sun Sentinel)

MIAMI GARDENS – An emotional

Zach Thomas

implored his old team to “win the second half” after being inducted into the team’s Honor Roll.

The

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Miami Dolphins
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obeyed his command, holding on for a 17-14 win over the

St. Louis Rams

before a crowd of 52,983 at

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Sun Life Stadium
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.

The outcome wasn’t secured until Rams rookie

Greg Zuerlein

missed a potential game-tying field goal from 66 yards. The rookie sixth-rounder from Missouri Western had the distance but missed wide left, his third miss of the day after starting his career with 15 straight makes.

Back home for the first time in three weeks, the Dolphins evened their record for the second time this season with a second straight win. They enter the bye week at 3-3 and feeling confident about their future prospects.

The Rams, in their first season under coach

Jeff Fisher

, dropped to 3-3 overall and 0-3 on the road.

Fisher, who turned down the Dolphins coaching job in January, dropped to 3-8 all-time against the Dolphins.

A 1-yard sneak by

Sam Bradford

, who added the two-point conversion pass to

Steven Jackson

, pulled the Rams within 17-14 with 8:30 remaining.

The Dolphins built a 17-6 lead with a 10-play, 62-yard march on the opening drive of the second half.

Ryan Tannehill

went 7 for 8 passing on the drive for 53 yards, capping it with a 1-yard touchdown toss to tight end

Anthony Fasano

off a play fake to fullback

Jorvorskie Lane

.

That was Tannehill’s second touchdown pass of the day. His first covered 29 yards to backup wide receiver

Marlon Moore

with 5:27 left in the first half.

Dan Carpenter

added a 42-yard field goal after the Rams fumbled the ensuing kickoff.

Jimmy Wilson

caused it and

Marcus Thigpen

recovered at the Rams’ 25-yard-line.

Two more field goals by Rams rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein, making him 15 for 15 on the year, gave the Rams an early 6-0 lead.

However, Zuerlein missed from 52 and 37 yards in the second quarter to keep the Dolphins close.

The Rams were able to run on the league’s top rushing defense. Rookie

Daryl Richardson

broke off a 44-yard run in the first quarter that was easily the longest against the Dolphins third season.

By halftime the Rams had 137 rushing yards, 44 more than the previous high for a full game against the Dolphins this year (Jets in Week 3).

Dolphins greats

Jason Taylor

and Zach Thomas were inducted at halftime into the team’s Honor Roll. Former defensive coordinator Bill Arnsparger, the other member of this year’s class, will be inducted later this season.

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