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Quarter-by-quarter analysis of Miami Dolphins’ win over Oakland Raiders in London

Miami Dolphins' Lamar Miller celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the NFL football game against Oakland Raiders at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.
Miami Dolphins' Lamar Miller celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the NFL football game against Oakland Raiders at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. AP

First quarter

▪ Impact player: Some thought Ryan Tannehill needed to play well to keep his job. He did just that from the opening whistle. Tannehill completed 7 of 9 passes for 96 yards in the period.

▪ Highlight: The Raiders’ run defense is a sieve, and Lamar Miller exploited it early. He busted loose for a 21 yards on his first carry of the game. The Dolphins averaged 6.5 yards per carry.

▪ Lowlight: It came on the very first play from sscrimmage. David Carr went over the top on Brent Grimes, connecting with James Jones for 30 yards. Oakland scored on the drive.

Second quarter

▪ Impact player: Again, Tannehill. His second quarter was somehow better than his first, completing all 10 attempts for 108 yards and two scores. At one stretch, he completed 14 consecutive passes — tied with Dan Marino for fourth-most in team history.

▪ Highlight: Dion Sims’ spectacular 18-yard touchdown catch. The tight end, who dropped a similar pass in the opener, held on this time to give the Dolphins a 24-7 lead.

▪ Lowlight: Very little went wrong for the Dolphins. But once again, special teams gave the ball away. Specifically, Jarvis Landry fumbled a punt for the second time in three games.

Third quarter

▪ Impact player: The Dolphins’ secondary was so good, it’s hard to pick just one. Cortland Finnegan returned a fumble for a score. Grimes’ interception set up another. And Jimmy Wilson had an interception of his own.

▪ Highlight: The shotgun snap was never close to Matt McGloin. It zoomed right past Oakland’s third-string quarterback, allowing Finnegan scoop and dash 50 yards to the end zone.

▪ Lowlight: Miller did a lot of things right Sunday. He scored two touchdowns. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry. But his fumble on the goal line took points off the board.

Fourth quarter

▪ Impact player: The timekeeper, who got the Dolphins off the field and on their way home as soon as humanly possible.

▪ Highlight: Matt Moore trotting onto the field — but for all the right reasons. Some wondered whether Moore would replace Tannehill if the quarterback started slowly. Instead, he came in when the game was safely in hand.

▪ Lowlight: Very few Dolphins players had a rough day. Will Davis was one of them. He got pulled in the first half, and when he returned to the field, Davis surrendered a 22-yard touchdown pass to Andre Holmes on a double move.

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