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



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.

Read more Miami Dolphins stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.


    Armando Salguero: Joe Philbin optimistic about Miami Dolphins despite skeptics

    Joe Philbin welcomes a visitor with a warm smile and firm handshake and for the next 30 minutes enthusiastically talks about his Dolphins with a confidence that belies the coach’s first two seasons in Miami.

St. Louis Rams seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football team's practice facility Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


    Greg Cote: Michael Sam is a distraction to embrace, not avoid

    It’s no surprise that Tony Dungy’s comments this week about Michael Sam — comments that on the surface seemed more benign than inflammatory — have created such a national tempest. Sports are a Petri dish for argument and debate under any circumstances, and when you add the politics of religion and gay issues to the mix, the chances of a quietly civil discussion have pretty much left the building.

<span class="cutline_leadin">building block:</span> Left tackle Branden Albert, above, 

will be the team’s replacement for Jonathan Martin.

    Miami Dolphins’ offensive line is new; time will tell if it’s improved

    The Dolphins’ offensive line, which allowed 58 sacks last season, will have four new starters – and center Mike Pouncey could be out until October. ‘We’ve got a lot of work,’ new left tackle Branden Albert said.

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category