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November 04, 2012

Colts beat Dolphins 23-20

INDIANAPOLIS -- It was entertaining, but ultimately, the Dolphins apparently aren't quite ready to win this type of game.

Colts 23. Dolphins 20.

In the end, the defense couldn't come up with the game-changing turnover -- as Sean Smith dropped what might have been a huge interception inside of four minutes to play inside the Colts 30 yard line.

The offense, meanwhile, didn't have a come-from-behind drive in them. They had three minutes to try and turned the ball over on downs.

The secondary, by the way, was shredded today. Andrew Luck completed 30 of 48 passes for 433 yards with two TDs. The 433 yards breaks the NFL rookie record for most passing yards in a game. The old record was previously held by Cam Newton.

Ryan Tannehill, by the way, completed 22 of 38 for 290 yards and a TD. But just not enough.

By anyone.

Colts lead Dolphins 20-17 going to fourth quarter

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Dolphins offense slowed down in the third quarter.

The Colts did not.

The Colts got a touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton in the quarter to give them a 20-17 lead. The Dolphins, meanwhile, punted twice.

This game will be down to the wire. As they all have been.

The live blog continues in the comments section below.

Dolphins lead Colts 17-13 going to third quarter

INDIANAPOLIS -- I love this game!

It reminds me of Dan Marino versus Peyton Manning although we all know it's Ryan Tannehill versus Andrew Luck. Both are killing it so far.

Tannehill has thrown for 158 yards while completing 10 of 14 passes with one TD. He has a 132.4 QB rating.

Luck has thrown for 273 yards while completing 19 of 28 passes with one TD. He has a 111.2 QB rating. And we are aware T.Y. Hilton has dropped two TD passes.


Anyway, the Dolphins have the better of the matchup so far. They lead 17-13. But this game is long from over.

The live blog continues in the comments section. See you there.

Indianapolis leads Dolphins 7-3 to start second quarter

INDIANAPOLIS --This one is looking like a quarterback battle.

Andrew Luck is looking quite sharp and already directed a TD drive in his second possession. Ryan Tannehill directed a FG drive when he got the ball and is doing work early in the second quarter.

The Colts lead 7-3 but that is not going to stand because both QBs are playing well.

The live blog continues in the comments seciont. Join me there.

Live blog here: McDaniel most important inactive

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tony McDaniel is inactive for today's game.

That's it. That is all the damage the Dolphins have to report.

RyanTannehill is starting. Brian Hartline is starting. Everything is fine, folks. The Miami inactives are Pat Devlin, Richard Marshall, Josh Kaddu, Will Yeatman, Michael Egnew, and Anderson Russell

McDaniel, as you know, is nursing a knee injury.

Rishard Matthews is active for the first time this season.

For the Colts, running back Donald Brown is active but Vick Ballard will start. Brown had his surgically repaired left knee swell on Friday and could not play today.

 As every game, we will celebrate a live blog today during the game. It starts at kickoff in the comments section. See you there.

Dolphins and Colts medical staffs busy pregame

INDIANAPOLIS -- Both the Dolphins and the Colts will be monitoring key players from their offensive backfields before today's game to make the final decision on their game status.

As you know, the Dolphins are expecting to start quarterback Ryan Tannehill but the final decision will be made after a pregame workout on the field hours before game time. That has been the track for the Dolphins for a week since Tannehill injured his left knee last week in New York.

[Update: Tannehill did not come out fo rthe workout which tells me the Dolphins are comfortable with his status and he is a definite starter today.]

[Update 2: WR Brian Hartline, who was questionable with a hamstring and groin injury, worked out prior to the game. He looks fine. Expect him to play.]

If Tannehill is not ready, the game will belong to backup Matt Moore. My column on Moore today makes the point he is among the Dolphins best backup quarterbacks -- ever. It also points to the reasons why Moore is so good in that spot.

The Colts, meanwhile, downgraded running back Donald Brown from probable to questionable on Saturday after he experienced swelling in his left knee. Brown played last week but missed the previous two games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery.

Brown will also be a game time decision.