Quarter-by-Quarter

Miami Dolphins vs. Carolina Panthers: quarter-by-quarter

 

dneal@MiamiHerald.com

First quarter

•  Impact player: Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw an interception and threw a bomb to receiver Mike Wallace for a touchdown.

•  Highlights: A 35-yard Carolina field-goal attempt by Graham Gano was booted into the back of Panthers’ lineman’s neck. Tannehill bootlegged and hit Wallace deep for a 53-yard touchdown. The Dolphins pass rush kept Carolina to a 52-yard field goal from a drive starting at the Dolphins’ 42.

•  Lowlights: Ted Ginn’s 41-yard punt return put the Panthers on the Dolphins’ 42. Tannehill’s interception was a bad throw tipped by six people before Carolina cornerback Josh Thomas came down picked it off.

Second quarter

•  Impact player: Caleb Sturgis hit all three field goal attempts, 32, 47 and 23 yards, and kicked touchbacks after each of them.

•  Highlights: The Dolphins defense didn’t allow a first down for the first 14:26 of the quarter. Cornerback Nolan Carroll baited Cam Newton into throwing for Brandon LaFell, then intercepted and ran the ball back to the 22.

Third quarter

• Lowlights: Tannehill’s 57-yard completion to Wallace was underthrown and should have been a touchdown. That’s important when you consider the Dolphins got two field goals, zero touchdowns out of two trips into the red zone. A strategic defensive retreat allowed the 29-yard completion leading to half-closing field goal.

•  Impact player: Newton passed for 27 yards and ran for another 27 yards on the first possession drive to set up his 5-yard touchdown run that changed the whole tenor of the second half.

•  Highlights: The Dolphins came off the deck and got a couple of first downs after starting at their own 10 to give the defense a rest.

•  Lowlights: The defense looked gashed and gassed on that drive. Two carries by Dolphins running back Lamar Miller saw him faced with doom immediately, but he kept fighting until he had lost 9 yards on one, 4 yards on another. Daniel Thomas injured his ankle on the last play of the quarter.

Fourth quarter

• Impact player: Newton again. He hit a fourth-and-10 pass to Steve Smith, ran for a first down on third-and-1, then slipped his way into a bonus 15-yard penalty on the way to throwing the winning pass to Greg Olsen.

• Highlights: Joe Philbin’s second successful challenge of the day overturned a ruling of incomplete on a third down catch by Charles Clay and let the Dolphins take more time off the clock. Well, only 23 seconds, which was a problem.

• Lowlights: Wallace dropped the last-second deep ball at the goal line when he got behind Carolina’s single coverage. The defense had second-and-18 at the Panthers’ 12 and fourth-and-10 at the 20 and couldn’t get off the field.

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