MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Dan Carpenter's 43-yard field goal as time expired gave the Miami Dolphins a 24-21 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
The Dolphins, who broke a three-game losing streak and improved to 5-6, gained possession for the winning kick after forcing a Seattle punt with 1:42 remaining. The Seahawks had advanced to the Miami 49-yard line and had held possession since Miami scored the tying touchdown with 5:13 left before being forced to give up the ball.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who threw for 253 yards (18-for-26) and one touchdown, then completed three passes for 62 yards and ran 15 yards to move the Dolphins into position for Carpenter to kick the game-winner.
His combination of passing and running was matched by Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who had a rating of 125.9 and completed 21 of 27 passes for 224 yards with one touchdown.
The loss dropped the Seahawks to 6-5 and continued their woes on the road. It was their fifth loss in six games.
On their first possession of the second half, the Seahawks broke the 7-7 halftime tie with an impressive 12-play, 80-yard drive that consumed 8:10.The drive was dominated by Wilson's passing and running.
He completed seven straight passes for 69 yards, including two third-down conversions. He threw four yards to Michael Robinson for a 14-7 lead with four minutes left in the third quarter. He also had a 20-yard run in the drive.
The Dolphins responded with an 82-yard drive in seven plays that ended in a three-yard Daniel Thomas run, creating a 14-14 tie with 8:08 left in the game.
Before the touchdown, Tannehill had thrown an interception to linebacker Bobby Wagner that was negated because free safety Earl Thomas was called for roughing the passer. Thomas scored on the next play.
The tie was short-lived. Leon Washington returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards and a 21-14 Seattle lead with 7:54 left. Washington, long a problem for the Dolphins, also returned a kickoff for a 98-yard touchdown in 2007 when he was with the New York Jets.
The Dolphins answered with an 80-yard drive that ended in a 29-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to Charles Clay for a 21-21 tie with 5:13 to play. An 18-yard pass from Tannehill to Thomas converted a big third down.
The Dolphins had scored the game's first touchdown on Reggie Bush's 21-yard run.
Bush's touchdown concluded an eight play, 94-yard drive that took 4.52. It gave the Dolphins a 7-0 lead with 5:13 remaining in the first half.
The Seahawks answered with an 80-yard scoring drive that ended with Wilson, eluding the Miami rush, and throwing to tight end Anthony McCoy for 3 yards with 29 seconds left for a 7-7 halftime tie.
NOTES: The game was delayed abruptly in the third quarter with 1:44 left when Sun Life Stadium sprinkler system began showering the field. The system was cut off in minutes . . . Tannehill's 9-yard pass to Davone Bess in the third quarter gave him 2,217 yards for the season, passing Dan Marino's rookie record of 2,210 passing yards in 1983 . . On Miami's second possession, Tannehill was intercepted by linebacker Bobby Wagner. It was Wagner's first interception of the year. It was Tannehill's sixth interception in the last three games . . . Seahawks' defensive end Chris Clemons recorded his eighth sack (7 yards) moving him one ahead of teammate Bruce Irvin . . . Clemons left the game in third quarter with cramps . . . Seahawks' linebacker Leroy Hill left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury . . .James Carpenter suffered a knee injury in the first half but continued to play.