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While Franks his his first game-winner, Catanzaro endures nightmare kicking day

Franks talks about his game winning field goal against the Cardinals

Miami Dolphins' placekicker Andrew Franks spoke tin the locker room after his game winning field gave the Dolphins a 26-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, December 11, 2016.
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Miami Dolphins' placekicker Andrew Franks spoke tin the locker room after his game winning field gave the Dolphins a 26-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, December 11, 2016.

The Dolphins beat the Cardinals Sunday largely because Miami’s special teams were better than Arizona’s.

Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro was 0-for-2 on extra points and plunked a 41-yard field goal off the right upright.

Dolphins kicker Andrew Franks, meanwhile, booted through a 21-yard field goal on the last play of the game to provide the final score’s difference.

It was Franks’ first game-winning field goal.

“One second left on the clock,” Franks said. “No matter what length the field goal is, you really want to make it.”

Just ask Catanzaro, who had a hideous shank on his first point-after try, and then had his second attempt blocked by Jordan Phillips. Walt Aikens alertly scooped up the ball and raced to the other end zone, giving the Dolphins a rare defensive two-point conversion.

“It feels good man, [but] I was tired,” Aikens said. “It’s a long run for two points. I mean, the scoreboard, it was definitely worth it.”

▪  Billionaire Warren Buffett was on the sidelines for Sunday’s game, and chatted with friend Ndamukong Suh afterwards.

▪  Dolphins inactives: linebacker Kiko Alonso, tight end Thomas Duarte, cornerback Xavien Howard, linebacker Jelani Jenkins, center Mike Pouncey, receiver Rashawn Scott and defensive end Mario Williams.

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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