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Persistent 4th-quarter woes plague Dolphins

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By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - The Miami Dolphins have developed a habit of fading at the finish, which bodes poorly for the closing stretch of the season.

Over the past eight games, the Dolphins have been outscored 53-23 in the final period. They haven't scored a fourth-quarter touchdown since September. The latest blown lead knocked them out of the driver's seat in the race for the final AFC playoff berth.

Miami built a 16-3 lead that should have been bigger Sunday, but gave up a last-minute touchdown and lost to the Carolina Panthers 20-16.

The defeat dropped them into a six-team tie in the AFC at 5-6. The group is scrambling for the last wild-card spot, behind the five teams in the conference with winning records.

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