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Tannehill’s Late Touchdown Drive Lifts Dolphins Over Falcons, 27-23

The Dolphins are 3-0 for the first time since 2002.

It had the makings of a reality check for the Dolphins. The defense couldn’t tackle, the offensive line couldn’t protect Ryan Tannehill and Miami, as a whole, looked overmatched in the game’s opening 30 minutes. But the resilience of Joe Philbin’s team remains unquestioned.

They just wouldn’t go away.

Kevin Coyle’s defense made the stops when they had to have them and the offense, led by Tannehill, made the plays when they needed them the most, including a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that propelled the Dolphins to the franchise’s first 3-0 start since 2002.

And now, a team everyone expected to disappoint, like seemingly every offseason champion does, is 3-0. 3-0 with two wins over legitimate Super Bowl contenders. 3-0 with a golden opportunity to compete for a division title with the New England Patriots.

This team isn’t void of flaws. The first half of Sunday’s win over the Falcons made that quite obvious. But they have a key ingredient this franchise has been missing for over a decade. They become better the bigger the moment.

That quality is awfully hard to come by in this league. And it could be the recipe for a championship-caliber team in Miami.

Fab Five Fins

1. Ryan Tannehill, quarterback: The second-year quarterback continues to prove why he can be every bit as good as media darlings like Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson. His game-winning touchdown drive this evening was one of his better moments thus far. I have feeling the good times are just beginning for Miami with Tannehill at the helm.

2. Caleb Sturgis, kicker: That’s back-to-back huge weeks for the rookie kicker, who has shown the ability to make clutch kicks that have recaptured the momentum for the Dolphins and preserved the opportunity for a win. He was 2-for-2 today, including a 50-yard kick before the half.

3. Brian Hartline, wide receiver: He’s already scored more touchdowns than he had all of last year, and his 18-yard touchdown catch from Tannehill in the third quarter was arguably the play of the game for Miami.

4. Brent Grimes, cornerback: The former Falcon continues to live up to expectations and then some for the Dolphins. He virtually shut down one side of the field for the Dolphins’ secondary against one of the most lethal passing attacks in football today.

5. Reshad Jones, safety: Was all over the field for the Dolphins today, providing some big-time hits on his way to seven tackles, a pass breakup and a quarterback hit.

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2 Responses to “Tannehill’s Late Touchdown Drive Lifts Dolphins Over Falcons, 27-23”

  1. joselpacheco says:

    Started at the bottom now we’re here,started at the bottom now the whole dolphin’s team is here 3-0 my game ball goes to Mr tannehill I always believe in him go dolphin’s!!!!!

  2. joselpacheco says:

    Time to concentrate on drew breeze who ever #9 his old but dangerous deep ball my dolphin’s defenses will stop his attack,tannehill must put up points Wallace and Hartline must have big game, just like the team been playing one for all,and all for one go dolphin’s…..

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