Buccaneers vs Dolphins final score: Miami lose 17-16

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The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers just reached the end of their Preseason Week 3 contest. The Dolphins drop 17-16 to their in-state rivals.

Miami Dolphins rosterThe Miami Dolphins lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight 17-16 in the the third week of the 2013 NFL Preseason.

During the first half, the Miami first team offense looked sharp, moving the ball well, though they were held to field goals twice in the half.  Caleb Sturgis connected from 22 yards in the first quarter, then from 23 in the second period.  The Dolphins were able to take the lead into the half with a late touchdown after a Derrick Shelby fumble recovery.

Miami had problems with turnovers throughout the game, losing three fumbles as well as throwing one interception.  Two fumbles came on punt returns in the first half, the first when Nolan Carroll was pushed back into the ball at it came down, and the second coming when Marcus Thigpen could not hold on to the ball during the return.  Jonas Gray coughed up the ball in the second half as well.

Pat Devlin threw an interception late in the game.

The second half for the Dolphins featured six drives, with the Miami punting three times, connecting on a field goal, the fumble from Gray and the interception from Devlin.

The fumble from Gray led to the only non-punt drive for the Buccaneers in the second half, with Mike Glennons finding David Douglas on a 12 yard touchdown pass, and the 17-16 lead.

For an indepth look at the first half, with the Dolphins starters in the game, check out our halftime report.

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