Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes got some much needed revenge on Sunday in the second quarter before his team fell short to the Detroit Lions 20-16.
Following an interception returned 70 yards by Detroit safety James Ihedigbo, the Dolphins were on the brink of being down 17 points before halftime.
With wide receiver Calvin Johnson back in the lineup for the Lions, quarterback Matthew Stafford was granted the gift of being able to lob it up to the 6-5 monster in the end zone.
Even though Grimes is eight inches shorter than Johnson, he proved that size doesn’t matter when he was able to intercept the ball with one hand in the air to rob the Lions of a touchdown.
“It was just another ball thrown my way, and I got the chance to make a play,” Grimes said.
It was a play that couldn’t have come at a better time for the two-time Pro Bowler, with the thought of allowing the first touchdown of the afternoon still wrapped around Grimes’ mind.
The Lions wasted little time testing Miami’s defensive backs, utilizing Johnson on a deep post route that resulted in a 49-yard touchdown with 3:58 left in the first quarter.
It was the first pass Johnson caught in the game and the only time that he found the end zone.
“He had good position, and I couldn’t get around his body,” Grimes said. “He made a great catch. I mean, he’s Calvin Johnson; he makes plays.”
Grimes finished the game by recording two tackles and one solo tackle. He was also the only Dolphins player to intercept Stafford.
“That’s a good team. Grimes and Cortland [Finnegan] are extremely good players,” Detroit wide receiver Golden Tate said. “You saw that by Grimes, that was a heck of a catch that he made in the end zone to get that pick.”
Tate, the former Super Bowl champion with the Seattle Seahawks, combined with Johnson for 18 receptions for 222 yards to help clinch the victory in front of the home crowd.
“It’s a football game; things didn’t go perfectly,” Grimes said.
“But we fought, and it didn’t end the way we wanted it to; we’re all disappointed by it.”
Finnegan was forced to watch his team fall to the Lions with 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter on a Stafford game-winning touchdown pass while dealing with a left ankle injury.
Finnegan’s emotions boiled over early in the final quarter, as he pounded on the trainers’ table in frustration, knowing that he wasn’t going to finish the game and be able to help the Dolphins attempt to steal a victory on the road.
Without the former All-Pro cornerback in the lineup, it was Jamar Taylor who stepped up to fill the role during the final minutes by recording four tackles.
Finnegan finished the game with two tackles, including one solo tackle. He also had a pass deflection.
“It’s tough,” Finnegan said when asked how he felt about watching the end of the game from the sidelines. “Especially when you ding yourself up on a play that doesn’t even matter.”
As for his probability of playing Thursday night when Miami hosts the Buffalo Bills, Finnegan said that he’s going to work hard these next three days in order to get healthy for the Dolphins’ third division game of the season.
“I’m going to do everything in my power to get on the field,” Finnegan said. “But I’m also going to make sure that the guys behind me like Jamar stay ready. But we’ll see when Thursday comes.”