CINCINNATI -- Two blown leads, two overtime losses. The Miami Dolphins had become masters of last-minute misery in their past two games, finding creative ways to give 'em way.
An easy interception let them finally finish one off.
"We had two tough weeks leading up to this one," rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. "Guys really talked all week about how we've got to finish. We were two plays away from having a winning record."
Dalton was under pressure when he sailed a pass intended for Andrew Hawkins, giving Jones an easy interception.
"I have to give it to the front line," Jones said. "They got the pressure on the quarterback. I just needed to make a play."
The Bengals never got anything going consistently on offense. Dalton was only 26 of 43 for 234 yards with two interceptions and three sacks against a defense that came in ranked No. 1 in the league against the run.
Miami had one advantage: Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle was a Bengals assistant for the past 11 seasons and knew a few things about how their offense operates.
"He's never had a problem motivating guys," Bengals safety Chris Crocker said. "You'll definitely play hard if you're in one of his defenses. Their front seven really played a heck of a ballgame."
So did their rookie quarterback.
The Bengals are in the midst of a stretch of five consecutive games against teams starting rookie or second-year quarterbacks. They'd won the first three by turning up the pressure - Cincinnati led the NFL in sacks coming into Sunday's game.
They couldn't rattle Tannehill, who was coming off his best game - 431 yards in the overtime loss at Arizona, the most by an NFL quarterback on the road. He followed it with a mistake-free showing.
"It's fun," Tannehill said. "When the pressure mounts, I think that's what brings the best out of a quarterback.
"The last couple of weeks, we had a good game, but we just weren't able to make that play at the end."
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Cincinnati had to settle for a pair of field goals in the first half, when Miami's defense held on a first-and-goal from the 4-yard line.
"The offense didn't play well across the board," Dalton said. "It's tough sitting here where we are. We had our chances, but we couldn't get it done."
Tackle Randy Starks reached up and picked off Dalton's pass early in the second half, a two-handed grab as the ball reached the line. The interception set up the drive that ended in Bush's 13-yard touchdown run.
Notes: The Dolphins won without CB Richard Marshall, inactive after missing practice all week with a bad back. Nolan Carroll started in his place and left early in the third quarter to get evaluated for a concussion. ... Bengals LB Rey Maualuga left for a concussion evaluation in the second half, but returned. ... RB Bernard Scott had a 29-yard run in the first quarter, the longest allowed by the Dolphins this season. He hurt his left knee in the first half and didn't return. ... Cincinnati rushed for only 80 yards. The Dolphins haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher for 19 consecutive games, their longest streak since 2002-03, when they went 20 games without allowing one.
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