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Miami Dolphins’ offensive line has a tough day

 

abeasley@MiamiHerald.com

It was another long day for the Dolphins’ pass protection — and by extension, Ryan Tannehill.

The Falcons sacked Tannehill five times Sunday, continuing an alarming trend. The Dolphins quarterback has been sacked 14 times through three games and has already sustained a shoulder injury caused by the hits.

At the current pace, the Dolphins will allow 75 sacks this year, obliterating the team record (53, in 1969).

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said the pass protection overall was “not good,” but came together during the team’s game-winning drive.

As for what Tannehill told the battered offensive line: “Just hang in there. It’s not always going to be pretty, but it doesn’t matter what you did before now. All that matters is what you do now.”

“We hung in there, kept fighting and scored a touchdown when it counted,” Tannehill said

Grimes focused

Brent Grimes greeted Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on the field before the game, but other than that, it was business as usual for the rest of the day — or at least he said.

Grimes faced his old team for the first time Sunday after spending six seasons with the Falcons. He had three tackles and a pass defense against Atlanta’s high-powered aerial attack.

When asked if he was emotional Sunday, he said, “Honestly, no.”

“It was emotional because it was a crazy game,” said Grimes, who added that this was the type of win he was looking for when he signed with Miami. “I know we have a lot of potential on this team. We’re doing some good things out there. We want to keep it going.”

Sturgis is money

Caleb Sturgis is proving he was worth a fifth-round draft pick with each and every kick.

Sturgis, picked by the Dolphins to replace Dan Carpenter, was again perfect on field goals Sunday, connecting from 46 and 50 yards.

Sturgis, who also had touchbacks on all five of his kickoffs, hasn’t missed on six field goal attempts this season, five of which have been from at least 45 yards.

Notable

• The Dolphins only ran the ball 15 times, but were efficient when they did so, going for 90 yards on the day. Lamar Miller led the team with 62 yards on 8 carries, highlighted by a 49-yard jaunt in the second quarter.

• The Dolphins are now a perfect 3 for 3 on challenges. Philbin threw the flag on a pass to Roddy White that was ruled a completion. The replay showed the ball hit the ground.

• Sunday’s paid attendance was 70,660, the largest regular-season gate in six years. Said Philbin: “The crowd was outstanding. ... We’re going to need them every single week.”

• Grimes, Tyson Clabo and Jason Trusnik served as the captains.

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