Michael Johnson sacked Tannehill the first time he tried to throw, but the Bengals got to him only once more. Tannehill finished 17 of 26 for 223 yards without an interception. His passer rating of 92.3 was his best yet.
"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."
The Dolphins wasted a chance when fullback Jorvorskie Lane fumbled on a carry from the Cincinnati 11-yard line in the first half.
The 17 points was enough for a defense that contained the Dalton-to-Green passing combo. Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green finished with nine catches for only 65 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown.
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 Reggie 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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