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Top News: Dolphins Defeat Jets 31-28

Posted Oct 22, 2017

Matt Moore has developed this reputation as a gunslinger, so perhaps it shouldn’t surprise anyone that his first two completions against the New York Jets on Sunday went for 21 and 20 yards.

Moore was pressed into action in the third quarter when Jay Cutler left the game with an upper-body injury and delivered the kind of performance that has made him one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL.

“We all know what Matt can do,” wide receiver Jarvis Landry said. “He came in and he wasn’t shaken up or anything like that. He found a way to help us out. That’s what it takes. Guys stepping up.”

Moore completed 13 of 21 passes for 188 yards in the 31-28 victory against the Jets at Hard Rock Stadium. He threw two touchdown passes, both to Kenny Stills, and had a 102.9 passer rating.

Moore’s first touchdown pass came in the face of pressure when he threw 28 yards to connect with Stills in the corner of the end zone.

“The first touchdown, my adrenaline was probably as high as it’s been in a long time,” Moore said. “They pressured me, we did a great job protecting and Kenny won. I was pretty fired up after that.”

Comeback Kids: The Dolphins recorded their second consecutive comeback from deficits of 14 points or more, the first time they have done that since 1980. Before overcoming the 28-14 deficit against the Jets, the Dolphins rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit against the Atlanta Falcons. “The game is 60 minutes and we like to play four quarters,” wide receiver Kenny Stills said. “Just finish. Coach talks about finishing all the time. We seem to play really well in the fourth quarter.” Stills has a point there: The Dolphins have outscored their opponents 41-10 in the fourth quarter this season. “We’re just going to keep fighting and fighting and fighting,” stated guard Jermon Bushrod. “I guess you could say we like to make it interesting for everybody out there. It doesn’t really help me or my heart much, but at the end of the day, a win is a win and I’ll take it.”

Starters Leave: In addition to Cutler, tackle Laremy Tunsil also left the game in the third quarter because of a knee injury and did not return. Head Coach Adam Gase said after the game he had no update on Cutler’s condition but that Cutler would have tests to determine the extent of the damage to his chest and ribs.

Stills’ Circus Catch: It probably got lost after his two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but Stills had perhaps the highlight play of the game in the first half on a 36-yard reception that set up Miami’s first touchdown. Stills caught Cutler’s pass while lying on his back after it bounced off his hands and that of a Jets defender. The play initially was ruled incomplete before the Dolphins challenged the ruling and it was overturned. Stills said he knew he had caught the pass but wasn’t sure whether it had touched the ground. “Yeah, it’s up there for sure,” Stills said. “Just the Man Upstairs and a little bit of the eye-gym stuff that I’ve been doing, and ball standing on our body, kind of feeling where it is and I was able to make a play.”

Stills Style: You may have noticed the war paint on Stills’ face Sunday. Well, it came at the suggestion of rookie guard Isaac Asiata, who used to wear it during his days at the University of Utah. “Isaac has been trying to convince me to do that since Week 1 and I’ve been telling him no, no, no,” Stills said. “Today, I just wore it. So he put the face paint on me and I went out there and balled out.” The question now is whether this was a one-time deal for Stills or whether he’ll do it again. “I don’t know,” Stills said. “The guys are telling me I gotta do it again since I played well today. We’ll see.”

Clutch Cody: Cody Parkey’s memorable first season continued Sunday with his third game-winning field goal of the season. Parkey, you may recall, also hit game-winners against the Los Angeles Chargers and last Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Parkey is now 8-for-8 on field goals this season. “It was kind of a quiet game for me, just a couple of extra points here and there,” Parkey said. “But, yeah, I’m absolutely hoping that the game is on me and on us as a special teams unit. Had great blocks all year, great holds, and great snaps. I’ve just been extremely blessed with that. I just have to go out there and do my job.”

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