The story appears on

Page B13

November 21, 2009

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Sports » American Football

Williams' touchdowns win it for Miami

The once written-off Miami Dolphins moved back into the NFL playoff picture with a 24-17 win over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.

A day after learning Ronnie Brown is lost for the season, the Dolphins continued their recent surge after a 0-3 start behind 32-year-old Ricky Williams, who rushed for 119 yards and scored three touchdowns. "We did a good job tonight," Williams told reporters. "It was a team win and we did a lot of good things tonight."

The 2002 NFL rushing champion had a receiving and rushing touchdown in the same game for the first time in his career.

It was enough to beat the Panthers, whose last chance came when Jake Delhomme's desperation pass into the end zone was knocked down as time expired.

DeAngelo Williams rushed for 122 yards, but Delhomme had his streak of three games without an interception snapped, then couldn't lead a late comeback bid.

"We battled," Delhomme said. "It just wasn't good enough."

The Dolphins first touchdown drive came in the second quarter -- Chad Henne's 14-yard touchdown pass to Williams, who wrestled away from linebacker Na'il Diggs.

Miami took a 14-3 halftime lead when Williams took the direct snap at the 1 and got to the end zone ahead of speedy linebacker Jon Beason.

The Panthers got within 17-14 on Steve Smith's leaping 27-yard touchdown catch and DeAngelo Williams' 2-point conversion run with 5:18 left. But Ricky Williams bounced to the outside and shook off Sherrod Martin at the Carolina 5 on a 46-yard touchdown run on the ensuing possession.

Williams also caught two passes for 19 yards and a touchdown. Chad Henne overcame losing his center and his backup and committed no turnovers.

It was a crushing loss for the Panthers, who had also begun eyeing the playoffs after an 0-3 start.

"I think there's a lot of fight and they'll continue to work," Carolina coach John Fox said. "There's still a lot of football left and we're still no way in any stretch out of it."



Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend