Miami fin-tastic in OT

MIKE RUTSEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:02 PM ET

One streak over, one to go.

On a day when the weather played havoc with games in the northeast, the sun finally was shining on the Miami Dolphins.

After coming oh-so-close to blowing the game, the Dolphins prevailed 22-16 over Baltimore in overtime to win their first game of the season and end a season-opening 13-game losing streak.

The Dolphins' improbable win leaves the unbeaten Patriots (14-0) as the lone team with a record-setting streak on the line.

The win, naturally enough, didn't come easy for the Dolphins.

They went up 16-13 on a field goal with 1:56 to play only to have Baltimore drive down the field despite not having any timeouts. But on fourth and goal from the one, Baltimore elected to kick the field goal for the tie and send the game into overtime instead of going for the win.

Question: Just what did they have to lose by going for it?

Baltimore (4-10) won the coin toss for overtime, drove downfield but Matt Stover missed on a 44-yard field goal attempt, giving the ball to Miami.

Moments later, quarterback Cleon Lemon hit Greg Camarillo over the middle and the wide receiver took it 64 yards for the winning touchdown.

Baltimore's loss, meanwhile, was the eighth in a row for the Ravens who two weeks earlier came within a whisker of beating New England.

Beating New England and losing to Miami ... that would have been quite the daily double.

LET IT SNOW, LET IT ...

The game was played in Cleveland, but it was a lousy day even by Buffalo standards.

The natural turf at Cleveland Browns Stadium was buried in snow, the lines obliterated, the wind howling.

It was beyond brutal.

Normally the Bills thrive in such adverse conditions but yesterday the favoured Browns prevailed 8-0 and doom the 7-7 Bills to think about next year.

The most amazing part of Cleveland's win, which boosted them to 9-5, was the field-goal kicking of Phil Dawson, who was a perfect 2-for-2 from 35 and 49 yards.

The Browns, who have not made the playoffs since 2002, are a win or a Tennessee loss away from clinching a berth.

HEADING SOUTH

It didn't seem that long ago that the Pittsburgh Steelers were considered to be a solid No. 3 team in the AFC. Now they may not win the AFC North.

After going a perfect 7-0 at home, the Steelers dropped their final home game of the regular season yesterday, losing 29-22 to Jacksonville.

The loss, their second in a row and third in their past five games, dropped them to 9-5 and into a tie in the AFC Central with the surging Browns.

Although Pittsburgh holds the tie-breaker, as they beat the Browns twice this season, they close out with road games in St. Louis and Baltimore.

The Browns go to Cincinnati, followed by a home date against the 49ers.

From a Jacksonville standpoint, the win was huge. It moved them to 10-4 and clinched a playoff berth.

WEATHER SAVES JETS

Fierce winds and freezing temperature saved the Jets from the slaughter that was expected.

New England coach Bill Belichick may not have embarrassed the Jets as intended but the Patriots came away with the hard-fought 20-10 win to move to 14-0 and in the process locked up home field advantage through the playoffs.

The only thing standing between the Pats and a perfect 16-0 regular season is a home date next week against Miami followed by a road game against the Giants.


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