Question upon question has been asked of Miami Dolphins wide receiver
Wallace and quarterback Ryan Tannehill connected five times for a game-high 127 yards and a touchdown in Miami’s tough 20-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers for an average of 25.4 yards per catch. His first reception went for a 53-yard touchdown as he sped past Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, adjusted to the ball late and waltzed into the end zone for a 7-3 Dolphins lead with 5:39 left in the first quarter of the game.
“I really had a comeback route but when I was coming off the ball I saw Captain kind of stopped at like 15 yards thinking I was going to run a comeback route,” said Wallace, who enjoyed the third most productive day of his career in terms of receiving yards. “So I just kept going. I just threw my hand up and (Tannehill) just threw the ball up. It felt awesome. I hadn’t been able to score a touchdown in so long and it got the game started and got our team hyped, so that’s always good. I’ve just got to have more of that and I’ve got to do a better job of making more plays.”
It didn’t take long at all for Wallace and Tannehill to connect again when he got behind Munnerlyn, this time for 57 yards early in the second quarter that led to a 32-yard field goal by rookie kicker
Earlier in the week, Tannehill put it on himself to get those types of plays working and pledged to “let it rip,” whenever Wallace got behind the coverage. He felt confident that there would be enough opportunities in this game to take those shots and finished the afternoon completing 28-of-42 passes for 310 yards with the one touchdown and an interception for a passer rating of 86.4.
“I felt good about it. There’s a lot of other stuff that goes into the game so it was good to hit a couple of deep ones,” Tannehill said. “Obviously, we needed to probably hit one in the second half, which we didn’t do, but he made a good catch on the first one for the touchdown. He kept his feet and got in the end zone and then we were able to hit another one pretty soon after that so we’ve just got to be consistent and build on it.”
Tannehill’s 53-yard touchdown pass to Wallace in the first quarter was Tannehill’s longest touchdown pass of the season. … Wallace’s 110 receiving yards in the first half marked the first time a Dolphins receiver had gone over 100 yards in a single half since
The Dolphins go back on the road next Sunday for a pivotal AFC East game at the New York Jets at 1 p.m., at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.