JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For weeks, the Miami Dolphins have talked about first peering out of the hole and then jumping out of it.
The hole was that bleak 0-3 start. They were 3-5 at the midpoint. But head coach Tony Sparano kept harping about getting back to .500 and then securing their first winning record of the season.
Not only did the Dolphins get to 7-6, but they also caught the Jaguars in the conference standings. The Jaguars went into the game in the second wild-card position.
The Dolphins seemed to be in command at halftime. They were up 14-7, dominating in time of possession and having success with the run and the pass. They kept denying the Jaguars on third down.
But the game got interesting in the second half. A missed Dan Carpenter field goal kept the Jaguars within striking distance, and the Dolphins' offense began to sputter. But the Jaguars never could generate any momentum.
The Dolphins held monster edges in total yards (354-217) and first downs (22-10).
Chad Henne had another solid day overall, but he did get shaky in the fourth quarter. Henne completed 17 straight passes at one point and finished 21-of-29 for 220 yards. He threw an interception at the Miami 40-yard line late in the game to give the Jaguars a glorious opportunity they couldn't convert.