MIAMI - The Miami Dolphins acted as though they had never won a game before.
When Greg Camarillo turned a short completion into a 64-yard touchdown in overtime, the bench quickly cleared, with players sprinting en masse to the end zone to mob their teammate.
The stunning play made the Dolphins a winner for the first time in more than a year, ensuring they will avoid being the first 0-16 team in NFL history. They beat the Baltimore Ravens yesterday, 22-16.
"I'm just glad no one is going to be talking about the winless season," Camarillo said after making just his fourth catch all season. "We got a win to get the monkey off our back."
Luckless all year, the Dolphins needed a big break to improve to 1-13. Baltimore's Matt Stover missed a 44-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime.
Three plays later, Camarillo broke over the middle on third down and had two steps on the secondary when he caught a pass from Cleo Lemon near midfield. Finding himself in the clear, Camarillo sprinted to the end zone for his first NFL touchdown.
With the 1972 perfect-season Dolphins cheering them on, the woebegone 2007 Dolphins rallied from a 10-point third-quarter deficit and snapped a 16-game losing streak. The franchise's first victory since Dec. 10, 2006, allowed Miami to avoid matching the worst start in NFL history.
Cam Cameron finally earned his first victory as an NFL head coach, 11 months after taking the job.
"I've been looking forward to this day for quite some time," Cameron said.
Owner Wayne Huizenga, who confirmed Saturday he has been discussing the sale of the franchise, wore a grin in the locker room after the victory.
"It was exciting for me," Huizenga said. "In my suite it was like winning the Super Bowl. It was up and down all game, and with the 17-0 team here and being honored at halftime, to pull it off in this game for those guys, that was special. It was very emotional for me."
Huizenga's Dolphins finally found a team they could beat in the Ravens (4-10), who lost their eighth game in a row, extending a franchise record.
"Eight losses in a row - I think everything stinks at this point, whether it's the Dolphins or whether we were playing Missouri," center Mike Flynn said.
The Ravens also lost middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who dislocated a finger on his left hand in the third quarter and didn't return.