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Dolphins vs. Cardinals 2012: Miami dominates, but still loses

Another dominant effort went to waste on Sunday, as the Dolphins fell to 1-3 despite outplaying the Arizona Cardinals.

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For the second straight week, the Miami Dolphins lost a game in overtime that they should have won.

Whether or not that's true, that's the sentiment being expressed over at The Phinsider, SB Nation's Miami Dolphins blog -- and there's certainly some truth to it, as the Dolphins racked up 480 total yards, while holding the Arizona Cardinals to 297.

Two straight overtime losses in two straight games in which the Dolphins dominated, is tough. I know positive things came out of yesterday's game, but how many times are we going to look for positives out of another game the team should have won but didn't?

And, I know, it's a young team, and we all acknowledge that this is a rebuilding team, but when you are so close to knocking off your most hated rival and an undefeated team, you have to feel the pain of the loss. Right?

Still, Kevin Nogle finds plenty of positives in Miami's loss, perhaps none more important than the play of rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill was amazing yesterday. He was not amazing on just the rookie idea of what he should be. He was simply amazing. Tannehill set the Dolphins' rookie single game passing yardage record yesterday, throwing for 431 yards, which is one yard short of the NFL's mark set by Cam Newton last year. Tannehill also set the rookie single game team record for completions, with 26.

Miami will look to to rebound next Sunday, when they head to Cincinnati to take on the 3-1 Bengals.

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