- Dolphins Pull Out 27-23 Comeback Win Over Atlanta
- Analyst Game Balls
- NOTEBOOK: Dolphins 3-0 For First Time Since 2002; Other Notes
- Postgame Notes: Dolphins Vs. Falcons
- Coach Philbin: The Crowd Was A Huge Part Of The Win
- Three Observations: Dolphins 27, Falcons 23
- PREGAME NOTES: Rookies Davis and Gillislee To Make Debut; Other Notes
- PHOTO GALLERY: Dolphins Vs. Falcons Game Action
- VIDEO: Postgame Locker Room Speech
- VIDEO: Coach Philbin Press Conference
- VIDEO: Tannehill Press Conference
- VIDEO: Sims Interview
- VIDEO: Grimes Interview
- VIDEO: Hartline Interview
- VIDEO: Odrick Interview
- VIDEO: Incognito Interview
- VIDEO: Dolphins-Falcons Game Highlights
- VIDEO: Wilson Interception
- VIDEO: Sims Touchdown
- VIDEO: Hartline Touchdown
- VIDEO: Miller run
This year’s Miami Dolphins sure know how to keep it exciting and they did just that today in their home opener, pulling out a dramatic 27-23 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons.
“Before the drive started I just told the guys, hey, it doesn’t matter what happened before now, all that matters is what we do on this drive and they responded,” said Tannehill, who surpassed 4,000 career passing yards and had a passé rating of 94.5. “Guys stepped up and made plays, I had great pass protection the entire drive, guys were catching the ball downfield. All you can say is the guys stepped up and made plays when they counted.”
In addition to Sims, tight ends
Two plays after Clay’s catch, Sims fought off Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas and made a nifty one-handed grab of Tannehill’s pass for the game-winning score. He was mobbed by his teammates and of course kept the ball as a memento.
“”It was awesome,” Sims said. “It all started with the O-line protecting and then Tannehill making a great throw, an absolutely perfect throw over the top, and it was just up to me to make the play. He grabbed my arm and I just used my instincts. I had no choice but to grab it with the other hand and it was something that we practiced all week.”
Tannehill finished the afternoon completing 24-of-35 for 236 yards, two touchdowns and one interception to win his head-to-head duel with Ryan. He connected earlier in the third quarter with wide receiver
All of the players made it a point to express their gratitude to the crowd for the atmosphere they provided in the fourth quarter to help spur the team onto victory. Center
“Number one. It’s the best I have ever seen this stadium,” Pouncey said. “The fans were into it. They helped us out a lot. When the fans are into it that hurts the other team. They were all juiced up and so were we on the sidelines.”
If ever a football game illustrated how important it is to remember it lasts four quarters and takes a full 60 minutes to determine an outcome it was this one. Atlanta completely dominated the time of possession in the first half by more than a 2-to-1 advantage (22:48 to 7:12) and quarterback Matt Ryan was nearly perfect completing 15-of-17 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown.
The Falcons led 10-0 early in the second quarter before the Dolphins even touched the ball a second time, yet Tannehill and company never panicked. Running back
“We told the guys at halftime that the team that had the most faith and confidence in one another had the best chance to win,” Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “We made some plays when we had to. At the end of the first half, those three points were big.”
Last week at Indianapolis, Sturgis drilled a 53-yard field goal at the end of the first half to tie that game at 17-17 and give his team momentum headed into the second half. This felt similar, especially with the Dolphins receiving the second-half kickoff.
Unfortunately, Tannehill’s opening drive ended in a sack and a lost fumble that was recovered at his own 12 by Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry, older brother of Dolphins right guard
After Sturgis made it a one-score game again with his 50-yard field goal early in the third quarter the Miami defense forced Atlanta to punt for the first time and Matt Bosher shanked it badly out of bounds at the Dolphins’ 40. A tipped pass off the hands of Clay resulted in an interception by Falcons safety William Moore but their offense stalled again with a three-and-out, and then their defense responded by forcing a
“I saw the coverage and I thought I had an opportunity to get the ball,” said Hartline, who caught four passes for 56 yards. “Of course the only spot where the sun is left in the stadium decided to find the football and I honestly couldn’t see the darn thing. So I caught the black dot and it worked out pretty well, but it was definitely hard to locate.”
It was up to the Dolphins’ defense for the rest of the second half to contain Atlanta and keep the score close enough so that the offense could have a chance to pull out the win. That unit had to perform without it’s best player, Pro Bowl defensive end
“We just know everybody is going to get in and do their job,” cornerback
Miami has an extra day to prepare for its next opponent, the New Orleans Saints, and the players were given tomorrow off. They will travel to the Big Easy next Sunday for a big Monday night showdown at the Mercedes Dome in an attempt to stay unbeaten.