SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Staring up at the sunny San Francisco sky, Marcus Thigpen peeked down at a pair of hard-charging defenders. By the time he looked back up, everything became blurry.
Same goes for the Miami Dolphins' season.
Thigpen's fumbled punt led to a 49ers touchdown that highlighted a series of mistakes in Miami's 27-13 loss Sunday at San Francisco. An ugly game that for so long seemed close ended the same way five of the last six have for the Dolphins: in defeat.
"I felt like I let the team down," Thigpen said.
That turned out to be a common phrase in the crammed quarters of Candlestick Park's visiting locker room.
Jonathan Freeny fielded a punt about the 2-yard line -- then walked on the goal line for a touchback. Sean Smith was called for pass interference on a critical fourth-down play. Even worse, first-year Dolphins coach Joe Philbin challenged the seemingly clear-cut call on the field -- and lost.
"We haven't mastered the con...