CLEVELAND (CBS4/AP) – Hoping for a win on the road, the Miami Dolphins are now 0-3 after a close loss of 17-16 to the Cleveland Browns.

On Sunday, the Dolphins faced off against the Browns (1-1) who were eager to make their own home repairs after a disastrous loss to Cincinnati in the opener.

Colt McCoy saved his best moments for last.

McCoy threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi with 43 seconds left, capping an 80-yard drive in the final minutes to rally the Cleveland Browns to a 17-16 win Sunday over winless Miami, a loss that will bring even more heat on embattled Dolphins coach Tony Sparano.

McCoy completed nine of 13 passes for all 80 yards on Cleveland’s final drive, making up for an otherwise lackluster and inaccurate performance. On third-and-5, McCoy pump faked before lofting a perfect pass to the right corner over rookie cornerback Jimmy Wilson to a leaping Massaquoi.

The Browns (2-1) then withstood a late comeback attempt as safety Mike Adams intercepted Chad Henne with 13 seconds left.

Miami’s loss on the road was usual for them. Last season, the Dolphins went 1-7 at home and 6-2 in road games, becoming the first team since the league expanded the schedule to 16 games in 1978 to go 1-7 or worse at home and have a winning record on the road.

Coming off consecutive 7-9 seasons, Miami’s fan base has grown restless with the mediocrity.

Sparano’s team that went 11-5 and won AFC title in his first season in 2008 seems light years ago and he needs some wins to restore confidence. With road games at San Diego and the New York Jets sandwiched around their bye week, there’s a sense of urgency for these Dolphins.

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Comments (6)
  1. JanCorey says:

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo, darn it.

  2. Hater says:

    Fire the freaking coach! Kick Henne to the curb. Bring the O-line coaches, D-Line coaches into the office on Monday and fire them as well. As a Fan I would rather lose the entire season than to see Tony continue to give excuses for the poor performance from everyone on the team. He has been the worst coach in the history of the franchise along with Henne what a JOKE!

  3. felixelgato says:

    Dolphins have the worst linemen in the NFL.

  4. Nutsy13 says:

    Find out if Cowher wants to coach again and give him whatever he wants.

    At least he has a proven track record as a winner.

  5. Frank says:

    Pathetic !!!!!!! Mediocrity. A team of comedians and pretenders. What do they celebrate after plays? The ridiculous mediocre performance? Do not even call him a Coach, He is impersonating one.who should at least have the guts to quit, He is coaching way above his meager capacity. Go back to the Pee wee league, if they take you back.

  6. scotty c says:

    suck for luck. you only get a chance to go 1-15 and get a qb every 10 years or so. they wasted that yr on a lineman instead of matt ryan. dont miss the oppy again!

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