Wide receiver Jarvis Landry, already the Dolphins single-season record-holder in receptions, went over 100 catches on Sunday.
He has 104 catches for 1,085 yards and four touchdowns this season — nice numbers. But they are diminished by the Dolphins 5-10 record, including an 18-12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
“This is the NFL — 12 points is never good enough,” Landry said when asked about Sunday’s offensive production. “We had drives. We managed the game a little bit. But we played from behind (Miami never led).
“We got in the red zone a couple times, and we got three points instead of seven. That’s critical.”
On one of those drives, Miami appeared to have a touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Cameron. But Landry was called for offensive pass interference.
“It was a pick play — that’s how it was explained” by the officials, Dolphins coach Dan Campbell said. “Does it matter what I saw? Does it matter what I think really? That’s what they called.”
Landry had similar thoughts.
“The referee made his call — it’s out of my hands,” Landry said. “He saw what he saw, and he threw the flag.”
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill went to Landry 11 times on Sunday, and those targets produced seven catches for 111 yards. That included a spectacular one-handed catch in the fourth quarter that set up a chance for a game-winning touchdown.
There’s no doubt Tannehill appreciates what Landry has done.
“He’s had a great season,” Tannehill said. “He’s made some big plays. He made a huge play on our first two-minute drive, you know?
“He made a great one-handed catch with a guy right in front of him. He’s made catches like that consistently throughout the year. When you need a play, and you get him the ball within his vicinity, he’s going to come down with it. We have a lot of confidence in him.”
Unfortunately for the Dolphins — who have lost three games in a row and seven of their past nine — Landry’s routine brilliance hasn’t been enough.
On their final possession, the Dolphins had first-and-goal from the Colts 5-yard line with just 40 seconds remaining. A touchdown and an extra point would have put the Dolphins in the lead — and a victory would have been almost certain.
But Tannehill fired three straight incomplete passes, two of them intended for Landry. On fourth down, Tannehill took a sack on a play in which there seemed to be a miscommunication on the snap count between the quarterback and rookie center Jamil Douglas.
“Just communication errors,” Landry said. “We put a good drive together to give us an opportunity. We just came up short.”