The Dolphins had a shot to make a statement win on Sunday, but instead it will go down as a hard to swallow four-point loss, as the Fins fell to Matthew Stafford and Detroit 20-16 at Ford Field.
The Fins took a 16-13 lead with 4:19 remaining on a 20-yard field goal by Caleb Sturgis. It was the second time the Dolphins settled for three points near the Detroit goal line.
The Lions had to punt, but they forced Miami to do the same, and Stafford still had 3:13 left when Detroit took over on its 26.
Finally, on third down from the 11, Stafford scrambled a bit to his left and threw to Theo Riddick, the 5-foot-9 running back who slipped behind Reshad Jones in the end zone.
The loss for Miami drops them to 5-4 on the season.
Miami used their special teams to get back in the game, as the Lions took a 10-0 lead, but another huge play on special teams allowed the Dolphins to get back in the game.
Matt Prater’s 42-yard attempt was blocked by Earl Mitchell in the third quarter, and Dion Jordan’s 58-yard return put the ball at the Detroit 3, and set up Ryan Tannehill’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace to make it 10-7.
Tannehill threw for 215 yards, but it was Stafford who made the final big play, snapping a sidearm pass to a sliding Riddick in the back left corner of the end zone.
The loss means the Dolphins are tied with the Bills at 5-4 for second on the AFC East, both teams trail the Patriots who are 7-2 on the season.