MIAMI -- Just as he had fumbled kickoff returns twice in the last two minutes of the Miami Dolphins 27-20 loss to Seattle Saturday, Fulton Walker had to fumble for words to explain how he felt.
'It's a bad feeling,' he said, near tears. 'I feel it in my stomach and I feel it in my head.'
Walker fumbled following Seattle's go-ahead touchdown with 1:15 left in the game, setting up Norm Johnson's 37-yard field goal. He fumbled again on the ensuing kickoff, snuffing all Dolphin hopes of a comeback.
'I was trying to make something happen in a bad situation but it turned into chaos,' Walker said. 'I felt like I let the guys down but I was just trying to get us in position for a field goal or a touchdown.'
Walker said he was cheered by his teammates as he sat alone on the bench after his second fumble and that made him feel a little better but not much.
Coach Don Shula pointed to the fumbles as a key point in the game but also noted Walker had helped the Dolphins with his kickoff returns several times in the past.
'Fulton Walker helped us win a lot of football games but today he made two fumbles that really hurt us,' said Shula.
'The thing you never get over is the suddenness -- there is no more football to be played. We had the opportunities. We led at the half and then in the second half we didn't do anything to win the football game.'
Miami had taken a 20-17 lead on a 2-yard run by Woody Bennett in the last four minutes of the game, but Seattle came back with 10 points in two minutes to win it. The biggest play in the closing moments was a 40-yard pass from Dave Krieg to Steve Largent setting up Warner's 2-yard score.
'We let them off the hook,' Shula said. 'To their credit, they came back and made the big play to Largent. They may be young and they may not have much experience but you have to take your hat off to them.
'Curt Warner was everything they have been saying about him and except for that interception they didn't make any mistakes.'
The interception by Gerald Small with just under four minutes set up Bennett's go-ahead score.
'We had everything going for us -- such things as the week off. We certainly don't have any excuses.'
Shula also mentioned a fumble by running back David Overstreet as the Dolphins were driving early in the second half. The fumble led to a Seattle touchdown that put the Seahawks ahead 14-13 in the third quarter.
Overstreet was almost as distraught as Walker over his peformance.
'I was trying to go out and help my team win and I hurt them,' Overstreet said. 'It's kind of hard to accept. I'm going to have to come back strong next year and eliminate all the bad things that have happened to me in this season.'
Quarterback Dan Marino said the Seahawks didn't do anything differently to shut the Dolphins down in the second half. Miami managed only one touchdown after intermission.
'We just couldn't get it done in the second half. They played good defense on first and second downs, that was the key,' Marino said. 'They didn't do anything differently. They just made some good plays on third down.'