Bears Vs. Dolphins: Botched End-Around Spoils Promising Opening Drive By Miami

The Dolphins got off to what seemed to be an auspicious start when rookie returner Nolan Carroll took the opening kickoff to the Bears' 47. Miami added another first down with a quick out route throw to Brandon Marshall and a run up the gut by Ronnie Brown.

From there, things began to unravel. On the following first down from the Bears' 35, the Dolphins attempted an end around run with receiver Brian Hartline, but Hartline collided with quarterback Tyler Thigpen and the handoff was fumbled. Hartline fell on it, but Miami suffered an eight yard loss on the play.

With the new starting QB forced into an obvious passing down, the drive stalled. Defensive end Henry Melton sacked Thigpen on third down to push Miami out of field goal range.

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