Fins Final: Week 12 vs. 49ers Recap
In a match up against the downtrodden 49ers (1-10) the Dolphins managed to outlast the final gasp of fight from Colin Kaepernick and company. The game was seemingly over with the Dolphins up 31-13. On display was an increasingly improving Ryan Tannehill dropping dimes to DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, and Dion Sims. With three key offensive linemen out Jay Ajayi was held to under 80 yards for his third game in a row. The passing game served as the anchor to make up for the un-workmanlike effort the Dolphins had become accustomed to from Ajayi.
Kaepernick for his part ignored a reporter from the Miami Herald attempting to push "a false narrative" delivering a performance reminiscent of his glory days just a short 3 years or so ago. With 296 yards passing and 113 rushing yards, Kaepernick was a one-man dynamo. Ultimately Ndamukong Suh stopped him short of the goal line for a tying touchdown with an assist from Kiko Alonso.
Alonso continued his stellar play in the last few weeks with 12 tackles, 1 interception, and a fumble recovery. Beyond that the defense struggled at times containing Kaepernick's mobility.
With Denver's loss on Sunday night, the Miami Dolphins are currently the 6th seed. This six game winning streak the Dolphins are riding has been a bit strange. Most of the national media is not buying the hype. Bounces that haven't gone Miami's way over the last 15 years are suddenly routine. In the last two weeks against teams that aren't great typically meant a let down for fans but the Dolphins manage to score two touchdowns in 2:05 minutes vs. the Rams and for the most part handled the 49ers. The jury will remain out but a win against the Ravens on the road may turn heads.