Dolphins halftime notes: Wallace explodes

MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins lead the Carolina Panthers, 16-6, at intermission.

Here are some notes:

  • Dolphins fans have been waiting for big plays from new receiver Mike Wallace, and he exploded Sunday for his biggest first half of the season. Wallace had two big receptions from quarterback Ryan Tannehill, for 57 and 53 yards, respectively. The latter catch was for a touchdown. Wallace is having his way with Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. Wallace ran by him twice with ease for big plays.

  • Miami's defense is doing a good job of rattling Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. The Dolphins got to Newton early with a couple of hits. Newton has been out of synch since. Newton is 10-of-19 for 100 yards and an interception.

  • Panthers receiver and former Dolphins draft bust Ted Ginn Jr. received jeers when he was introduced Sunday. But Ginn responded early in the first half with a good punt return of 53 yards. The return led to a 52-yard field goal by Graham Gano.

  • It’s been an up-and-down first half for Miami’s special teams. In addition to allowing Ginn’s 41-yard return, the Dolphins also blocked a field-goal attempt. Dolphins rookie defensive end Dion Jordan got his hand on the ball.

  • This is a big second half for the Dolphins (5-5). They're tied with the Jets (5-5) for the final wild-card spot in the AFC. The Dolphins also need this game to hold off other wild-card contenders such as the Baltimore Ravens (4-6) and Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6).