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Dolphins swarm Giants for fifth straight win, keeping themselves in playoff contention entering bye

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The Miami Dolphins’ defense was swarming once again, and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the offense did enough while a pair of rookies set team records Sunday. The Dolphins continued their su…
The Miami Dolphins’ defense was swarming once again, and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the offense did enough while a pair of rookies set team records Sunday. The Dolphins continued their surge that started halfway through the season, defeating the ailing New York Giants,20-9, at Hard Rock Stadium and extending their winning streak to five games. The five consecutive victories match the Dolphins’ longest streak under coach Brian Flores. With Miami now 6-7, the Dolphins are putting themselves in the AFC playoff picture before their bye week with four games remaining in the regular season. They remain 1 1/2 games out of a wild-card spot. “We’re just kind of focused on today,” Flores said as his team has gone from seven consecutive losses to five straight wins. “A tough victory in a 60-minute ball game, and we just try to take it one day at a time and not think about what’s happened in the past or talk about the future too much.” Tagovailoa was 30 of 41 for 244 yards and two touchdowns, avoiding mistakes with mostly underneath throws and extending late drives to preserve Miami’s lead. “I’m glad we won, but I think there’s a lot of things that we left out there on the field,” Tagovailoa said. “A lot of plays that we wish we could have back, but then again, it falls down to the execution of us. It starts with me and the center, and then it being communicated out there.” The Miami defense kept New York (4-8) out of the end zone, intercepting journeyman backup Mike Glennon once and holding him to 23-of-43 passing for 187 yards. Glennon was playing for injured starter Daniel Jones, and he was also without such playmakers as receivers Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney.

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