The Dolphins overcame adversity Sunday when they pulled out a heart-stopping victory at Hard Rock Stadium.
Jason Sanders kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired in overtime to give the Dolphins a 31-28 victory against the Chicago Bears.
The kick capped a wild overtime, which came after a wild second half.
The Dolphins appeared headed for victory on the opening possession of overtime before Kenyan Drake fumbled into the end zone with a clear path to a game-winning touchdown. Chicago then drove into field goal position, but former Dolphins kicker Cody Parkey was wide right on a 53-yard attempt.
Drake did the bulk of the work on the game-winning drive, starting it with a 4-yard run and then adding a 15-yard reception to move the ball to the Bears 38-yard line.
The Dolphins put up big numbers against the No. 1 defense in the NFL, finishing with 541 total yards. Quarterback Brock Osweiler, starting in place of injured starter Ryan Tannehill, threw for a career-high 380 yards; running back Frank Gore rushed for 101 yards; and wide receiver Albert Wilson had 155 receiving yards, including touchdowns of 43 and 75 yards in the fourth quarter.
This was the first time the Dolphins had a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver since 1991 when Dan Marino (307), Mark Higgs (131) and Tony Martin (106) did it in a 33-14 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Dolphins and Bears combined for 49 points in the second half after Miami went into halftime with a 7-0 lead.
Osweiler passed for three touchdowns, the first a 5-yard connection with tight end Nick O’Leary for the only score of the first half.
Sanders made three field goals, including kicks of 50 and 25 yards in the third quarter.
The Dolphins defense gave up big plays, but also came up with three takeaways. Linebacker Kiko Alonso recovered a fumble and forced another that was recovered by cornerback Xavien Howard, and safety T.J. McDonald had an interception.
Alonso’s fumble recovery and McDonald came near or inside the Dolphins end zone and kept points off the boards.
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky passed for three touchdowns, to Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Anthony Miller, and Tarik Cohen had a 21-yard touchdown run.
Trubisky’s 29-yard TD pass to Miller gave Chicago a 28-21 lead with 3:17 left before the Dolphins tied the score on the next offensive snap when Wilson took a short pass from Osweiler and turned it into a 75-yard touchdown.
Wilson’s first touchdown came after McDonald’s interception kept the Bears from padding their 21-13 lead. It was followed by a two-point conversion pass to Kenny Stills that tied the game at 21-21.
The wild second half began with a 28-yard run by Trubisky off a zone read keeper and it quickly got worse for the Dolphins.
A 32-yard pass interference penalty on rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick was followed two plays later by a 9-yard shovel pass from Trubisky to Burton for a touchdown that tied the score at 7-7.
Osweiler then was picked by cornerback Kyle Fuller, whose 35-yard return gave Chicago the ball at the Dolphins 12-yard line. On the next play, Trubisky connected with Robinson for a touchdown.
After Sanders’ long field goal, the Bears came right back with a three-play drive that began with a 54-yard completion from Trubisky to Taylor Gabriel and ended with Cohen’s TD run.
Osweiler’s first pass was a 14-yard completion to O’Leary that gave the Dolphins a first down.
The Dolphins shut out their opponent in the first half for the third time this season, thanks to linebacker Alonso’s fumble recovery at the 1-yard line when it looked like Bears running back Jordan Howard was headed for the end zone and a Chicago touchdown.
The Dolphins followed the takeaway with an impressive drive that looked like it might produce points before halftime, but the opportunity disappeared when Fuller picked off a deep pass intended for DeVante Parker, back in the lineup for the second time in the season.
The Dolphins (4-2) are back at Hard Rock Stadium next Sunday to face the Detroit Lions.