Dolphins 31, Rams 14
-- Jay Fiedler threw a game-clinching touchdown pass, then sprinted the length of the field to join his teammates in an end zone celebration, waving his index finger as he ran. No, the Miami Dolphins aren't No. 1. But they do have victory No. 1.
Winless no more, Miami jump-started its sputtering offense with a succession of big plays and occasional trickery to beat the explosive St. Louis Rams Sunday, 31-14.
"You almost forgot what it felt like," Fiedler said. "We were down in the dungeon . . . we were able to play a full game."
After enduring the worst start in their 39-year history, the Dolphins (1-6) took out their frustrations on the Rams (4-3), who had at least five players hurt.
Fiedler was booed during the pregame introductions, then went 13 for 17 for 203 yards. He shrugged off five sacks and threw touchdown passes of 42 yards to Randy McMichael and 71 yards to Chris Chambers.
Dolphins Coach Dave Wannstedt took some uncharacteristic gambles. A 48-yard pass by wide receiver Marty Booker set up the game's first score, and Miami also pulled off a fake punt and tried a halfback pass.
"We opened up the playbook today," McMichael said. "Coach Wannstedt said he was going to run them all, and they all came out positive."