Despite being beat up in the stats department, the Dolphins were able to go to their big play department Sunday, doing just enough to top the Redskins 17-10 in their season opener Sunday.
Jarvis Landry returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown with 10:22 left to give the Dolphins their first lead, and Miami held on for the victory.
The Redskins couldn’t produce much on offense, as Kirk Cousins went 21 for 31 for 196 yards and two interceptions. Robert Griffin III was inactive after only recently recovering from a concussion.
“We battled and came up short. I guess we’re all pretty tired of that around here,” Cousins said. “We’ve done that too many times. So eventually the tables need to turn. The tide needs to be turned. And we need a day like today to end up having us be on top at the end.”
The Redskins led it 10-0, but Miami got it to 10-7 at halftime and pulled even with 11:34 remaining when Andrew Franks kicked a 22-yard field goal to cap a 76-yard drive.
Landry was the hero, as he took the ball in the center of the field and darted up the middle, getting to the end zone for the game-winning score.
”When he caught the ball there seemed to be a lot of space,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. “He’s good in the open field; he’s a tough guy to get on the ground.”
Ryan Tannehill completed 22 of 34 passes for 226 yards for Miami.
Alfred Morris had 121 yards on 25 carries for Washington. The Redskins outgained the Dolphins 349-256 and held the ball for 37:54 compared to 22:06.
The Redskins drove to the Miami 20 with a shot to tie it, but Cousins threw two straight incomplete passes.