Dolphins quarterback Tannehill “I’m excited. It’s been a long road to get back to where I’m at now’’
So how did the Dolphins do it?
I don’t mean how did they finish a game they led 24-17 with only 8 minutes to play. I mean, how did they manage to lose this one?
How did they lose a game late, again?
How did they lose on the road, again?
How did they lose a game in which the other team turned the football over three times and lost the turnover margin battle 3-1?
Well, it was so Dolphins.
They authored not one but two offensive series that went three-and-out and actually lost yardage. In the first of those series, the Dolphins not only didn’t gain any yardage but consecutive incomplete passes on first and second down -- brutal calls, by the way -- killed the clock and only set up an innocuous third-down handoff to Kenyan Drake that lost yardage.
On the second terrible offensive series the Dolphins were pinned inside their 10 yard line and played it safe with a couple of runs and a bubble screen call that also didn’t work.
And then there was the defense. Miami’s well-rested, relatively healthy and absolutely troubled defense.
Andrew Luck and company shredded them for an 89-yard drive to tie the game. The drive took less than four minutes.
And then the same Miami defense gave up the field goal winning drive of seven play and 44 yards that clicked the final 2:44 off the clock.
As they said in Waterboy, “Oh, no we suck again!”
The end erased all that was good about this game. And what was that, you ask?
Two Kenyan Drake touchdowns -- one a 33-yard pass reception and the other a 14-yard run.
A Xavien Howard interception. And Another Xavien Howard interception.
A Kiko Alonso partially blocked punt.
An improbable TD catch by Leonte Carroo that went through the hands of a defender and turned into a 74-yard scoring play. That was, by the way, Carroo’s first touchdown of the season, second of his career and first since 2016.
The first half was exactly what the Dolphins hoped for. Well, not exactly. The teams had three consecutive plays in which they exchanged turnovers and the Dolphins didn’t plan on that. Certaintly they weren’t planning on tight end Mike Gesicki fumbling after catching an 8-yard pass.
But the two interceptions by Xavien Howard, giving him five for the season, were as if scripted at Dolphins headquarters.
That’s because the Dolphins believed they could come away with a win if they played error-free and the Colts made mistakes.
The Colts made many more mistakes than Miami in the first half. They had three turnovers to Miami’s one.
The Dolphins are 5-6 now.