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Dolphins WR's inability to create separation an issue

Head coach Joe Philbin wasn't too pleased with his receivers' performance on Sunday against the 49ers.

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Dolphins managed to keep the score relatively close with one of the NFL's best teams in the San Francisco 49ers, forcing a 6-3 score at recess on Sunday. But the 49ers would gradually pull away in the second half to a 27-13 win at the final gun.

Afterwards, head coach Joe Philbin expressed his displeasure with his wide receivers' ability to make some room between themselves and the San Francisco defenders.

There wasn’t as much separation in the route running that we need. It wasn’t like there were wide-open guys that we’re just flat out missing.

The Dolphins didn't pick up too many yards through the air against the 49ers, with quarterback Ryan Tannehill throwing for just 150 yards on the day. Davone Bess led all Dolphins receivers with six catches and 50 yards of receiving with Reggie Bush also catching five passes for 38 yards.

The Dolphins are all but eliminated from playoff contention and face their in-state rival, the Jacksonville Jaguars, this Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. They face the Buffalo Bills the following week at home before completing the season with a visit to the New England Patriots.

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