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Keys to the game: Dolphins at Steelers

 

dneal@miamiherald.com

Tight end/H-back Charles Clay vs. Steelers defensive backs

Who won: Dolphins.

The impact: There wasn’t a point in the day when you thought the Steelers had figured out how to cover Charles Clay, who was supposed to be covering Charles Clay or how to tackle Charles Clay. Among Clay’s seven catches for 97 yards were: a 40-yarder up the sideline behind a cornerback; a 6-yard touchdown on which he was unnoticed; a 12-yard touchdown on which he slipped under and away from two tackles; and a 20-yard reception up the seam on third-and-1.

Dolphins pass coverage vs. Ben Roethlisberger

Who won: Dolphins.

The impact: Most A-list quarterbacks make secondaries ask their pass rush for help stop the quarterback. The 6-7 Roethlisberger holds the ball a long time yet can be so tough to bring down that the pass rush asks the coverage to make double sure to stay with receivers as a play breaks down and he goes on the run. The three sacks the Dolphins got on Roethlisberger weren’t as telling as what the Steelers didn’t get — big plays off Big Ben scrambles.

Dolphins vs. the weather

Who won: Dolphins.

The impact: Snowy, 25 degrees at kickoff (16 with the wind chill factor) — weren’t the Dolphins supposed to handle the ball as if they had Novocaine in their gloves, slip and slide all over the place and spend half the game learning how to deal with these conditions? They looked just fine. They had a muffed snap and a return fumbled out of bounds. Ryan Tannehill underthrew Mike Wallace deep a couple of times. He’s done the same and worse in sun and 75 degrees.

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