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POSTGAME NOTES: Inside The Numbers From The Preseason Opener

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Get all the notes and statistical milestone from Miami's preseason opening loss to the Falcons.


• Tonight’s paid attendance was 68,540.

• With tonight’s loss, Miami is now 5-8 in preseason action against Atlanta:

• LS John Denney, CB Brent Grimes, DT Randy Starks and QB Ryan Tannehill served as tonight’s game captains.

• Tonight against the Falcons marks the first time since 1988 the Dolphins began the preseason with a touchdown on the team’s opening possession. The 10-play, 73-yard drive was capped with a six-yard touchdown pass from QB Ryan Tannehill to WR Brandon Gibson and was the first opening drive touchdown since July 31, 1988 against San Francisco when RB Lorenzo Hampton scored on a 3-yard run to finish a 15-play, 80-yard drive at London’s Wembley Stadium.

• The Dolphins’ opening scoring drive lasted 4:59. On the drive, QB Ryan Tannehill completed 6-of-6 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown, good for a 149.3 passer rating.

• QB Ryan Tannehill’s 149.3 passer rating is the highest single-game preseason passer rating in his career.

• WR Rishard Matthews recorded a 36-yard reception on the game’s opening drive, the longest of his career. His previous career-long was 30 yards in Week 16 of 2013 vs. Buffalo (12/23/12). His previous career-long in the preseason was 20 yards at Dallas (8/29/12).

• RB/WR Marcus Thigpen’s 28-yard punt return in the second quarter would have been the third-longest punt return of his career in a regular season game:

• WR Jarvis Landry recorded the first punt return of his career 48 yards in the second quarter. The return would have been the longest recorded during the 2013 regular season, which included a long of 34 yards by RB/WR Marcus Thigpen in Week 10 at Tampa Bay (11/11/13).

• K Danny Hrapmann converted a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter. He has never converted a field goal in a regular season game.

• TE Brett Brackett recorded a 22-yard reception in the third quarter and a 30-yard reception in the fourth quarter. He finished the game tied for the team lead in receptions with three and his 57 receiving yards led the team. He has never recorded a reception in a regular season game.

• RB Damien Williams tied for the team lead in receptions with three for 18 yards in his first NFL game.

• LBs Dannell Ellerbe and Jason Trusnik tied for the team lead in tackles with four total. All four of Ellerbe’s came in the first quarter.
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