”We know how football is played, it’s not about statistics; it’s about winning. Pretty, ugly, it doesn’t matter. It’s just about winning.” – Dolphins receiver Davone Bess said
Truer words were never spoken, as Bess was part of an ugly win Sunday, one that saw the Rams dominate the Dolphins in just about every stat, except one very big one.
The final score.
The Dolphins are now 3-3, this after a 17-14 win over the Rams that suddenly has this Miami team thinking good things – and winning on a day when they should have been dominated.
Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes and the Dolphins turned back several St. Louis scoring threats, including a 66-yard field goal try by rookie Greg Zuerlein that sailed wide left on the final play. Miami won despite being outgained 462 yards to 192.
The Dolphins offensive line managed to commit four penalties in a three-play span, while defensive breakdowns and replay overrules were recurring problems in a Fins win they will probably want to eventually forget.
The Rams scored their lone touchdown with 8 and a half minutes left, then moved 49 yards to face a fourth and 7 at the Miami 48-yard line with 30 seconds left. Rather than go for a first down, coach Jeff Fisher sent out rookie Zuerlein to try a 66-yard field goal – which would have been an NFL record by 3 yards.
Zuerlein made his first two field goals to improve to 15 for 15 this season, then missed three times in a row, including wide left from 52 and 37 yards in the first half.
Tannehill went 21 for 29 for 185 yards with no turnovers. The rookie threw touchdown passes of 29 yards to Marlon Moore and 1 yard to Anthony Fasano.
But the Dolphins were outrushed 162-19, and Sam Bradford went 26 for 39 for 315 yards for the Rams, who struck for early gains of 44 and 65 yards. At halftime, St. Louis had outgained Miami 294-99 but trailed 10-6.
All that didn’t matter, as the Dolphins will wake up Monday 3-3.
Who would have thought it?