Early domination by the Dolphins faded quickly Sunday, as despite putting up a 10-0 lead and controlling the game on defense, the team couldn’t sustain it and fell to the Ravens 28-13.
The loss was a huge one for Miami, as it dropped them to 7-6 on the season, and put a serious dent in their postseason hopes.
It took the Ravens 18 minutes Sunday to get a first down, but once they did, they seemed to get things rolling.
They torched the Dolphins defense, putting up consecutive touchdown drives of 97 and 75 yards to take the game over, and possibly ending the chances at the playoffs for Miami.
The victory gave Baltimore (8-5) a significant edge over Miami in the AFC’s scramble for a wild-card playoff berth.
The Dolphins are now a long shot with three games to go. Their frustration boiled over in the final minutes, when defensive tackle Jared Odrick yelled at coach Joe Philbin on the sideline after a long Ravens gain.
“Emotions were running high,” Odrick said. “I probably should have calmed down a little earlier.”
Said Philbin: “Football’s an emotional game. We had a discussion. I’ve already had another discussion with him. Football gets fiery out there. It’s good.”
But the Dolphins showed little fire in the final three quarters, when they were outgained 425-161.
Ryan Tannehill threw for 227 yards and a score, but was sacked six times, as the Dolphins just couldn’t keep it going on offense after a quick start.
Baltimore allowed the Dolphins only 249 yards.
The Ravens’ Joe Flacco went 25 for 33 for 269 yards and two touchdowns, and overcame an interception in the end zone. He also ran for a score.
“It’s definitely disappointing, especially having the lead, having the upper hand early on, then falling apart,” Miami linebacker Jelani Jenkins said.