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Dolphins Hang on to Beat Colts, 24-20

Brent Grimes picks off Andrew Luck. Courtesy of MiamiDolphins.com

The Miami Dolphins went toe-to-toe with a playoff caliber team on Sunday afternoon, and emerged victorious, moving to 2-0 for the first time since 2010.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was able to expose a Dolphins secondary that was without one of its starters in Dimitri Patterson, but Ryan Tannehill seemed to always have an answer.

Tannehill put together perhaps his most complete effort as quarterback of the Dolphins, throwing for 319 yards and a touchdown. Most encouragingly, Tannehill found wide receiver Mike Wallace early and often to the tune of 9 completions, 115 yards and a touchdown pass

After a disappearing act in Week 1, the Dolphins’ running game also came to life. Lamar Miller ran for 69 yards and Daniel Thomas added 30.

Miami’s defense had a difficult time getting off the field against Andrew Luck, and struggled to bring him down when they were able provide pressure. But when they needed a stop the most, Kevin Coyle’s unit rose to the occasion. Brent Grimes picked off Luck in the fourth quarter and Philip Wheeler sealed the deal on a fourth-down sack with under two minutes to play.

The Dolphins are 2-0. And they’ve won both games on the road. And both wins came against conference opponents. It’s a very good start to the season for the franchise.

Fab Five Fins

1. Ryan Tannehill, quarterback: Threw for two less yards than Andrew Luck, but completed a higher percentage of his passes and didn’t throw an interception. Add in the win and advantage Tannehill.

2. Philip Wheeler, outside linebacker: 12 tackles and the game-sealing sack. Wheeler got the best of his former team today.

3. Dannell Ellerbe, middle linebacker: The Dolphins’ other free-agent acquisition at linebacker, Dannell Ellerbe, led the team in tackles with 14.

4. Mike Wallace, wide receiver: Won’t be pouting after this game, in which he caught 9 balls for 115 yards and a touchdown.

5. Charles Clay, tight end: Has stepped up more than anyone could have expected since Dustin Keller was lost for the season, and had a career-high 109 receiving yards today. Oh yeah, he ran for a touchdown on his first career carry too.


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One Response to “Dolphins Hang on to Beat Colts, 24-20”

  1. joselpacheco says:

    It took team work,one for all and all for one. Great job!!!! Go dolphin’s….

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