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Keys to the Miami Dolphins’ 28-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens

Miami Dolphins defensive backs Louis Delmas and Brent Grimes watch as Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken catches a third-quarter touchdown at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Dec. 7, 2014.
Miami Dolphins defensive backs Louis Delmas and Brent Grimes watch as Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken catches a third-quarter touchdown at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Dec. 7, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF


Dolphins offensive line vs. Ravens pass rush

Who won: Ravens.

The impact: The Dolphins pass protection was reminiscent of last season’s inability to keep quarterback Ryan Tannehill upright against Baltimore. The Ravens recorded six sacks led by Elvis Dumervil’s 31/2, which contributed to them holding the Dolphins to only three points over the final three quarters. Tannehill also was hit nine times and rarely had time to throw after the first quarter. Right tackle Dallas Thomas appeared to struggle the most, giving up several sacks.


Dolphins secondary vs. Ravens wide receivers

Who won: Ravens.

The impact: The Dolphins seemingly biggest concern entering the game was their run defense. But the Dolphins undermanned secondary could not stop the Ravens from racking up 269 passing yards behind a solid performance from Joe Flacco. Steve Smith and Kamar Aiken each had big games, constantly getting the best of their defenders. The only significantly positive play for the Dolphins came in the second quarter when cornerback R.J. Stanford got in front of Smith and came down with an interception in the end zone.


Dolphins defense vs. Ravens running game

Who won: Ravens.

The impact: After surrendering more than 200 yards in each of its past two games, the Dolphins again gave up substantial rushing yards to the Ravens. Baltimore ran for 183 yards and averaged 5.9 yards per rush. The Dolphins opened the game with a positive first quarter, holding the Ravens to eight rushing yards. This included a stop on a third-and-1 run that forced Baltimore to punt. The Ravens began their game-changing 97-yard TD drive before halftime with a quarterback scramble by Flacco and two consecutive runs that totaled 34 yards to get them out of bad field position.

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