Miami Wins Thriller, 34-28:
Oh. My. God. if not for a single inch, this story would be completely different. Let’s not think of what could have been, thankfully, let’s look at a great Miami Dolphins win.
This performance was the best team win of the season, as the Miami Dolphins offense, defense, and special teams stepped up in their moments and helped propel Miami over .500 for the first time since early October.
The offense was superb, as Tannehill fought the weather to throw for 3 TD’s, and 1 interception. He threw an ugly pick six, but rebounded and helped put Miami in a position to win. Charles Clay had a monster performance, as he caught 2 TD’s and showed his power in the process. Hartline had the other score which kept the Dolphins in the game.
The running game was efficient yet again, Daniel Thomas led the way with 105 yards with one huge 55 yarder which helped punch in the score that put Miami ahead 31-28. Reports indicated that Thomas would be out a while, let alone one game. He looked really good as he kept Miller on the sidelines for much of the game.
The defense was shaky, allowing Roethlisberger to throw all over the field, but they held on to seal the victory, albeit a tight one. Cameron Wake forced a fumble which led to a touchdown, and Carroll performed admirably once again in Patterson’s absence.
This win is vital in the playoff chase, as it keeps Miami tied for the sixth seed in the AFC with Baltimore, which managed to win against the Vikings on Sunday. Miami now heads back home to face the New England Patriots, who seek to win their 5th straight AFC East title. If the ‘Phins can pull off a win like that, it would do a lot for their playoff hopes in this 2013 campaign.