The Miami Dolphins are on a big roll this season – pleasing the team’s longtime loyal fans and critics alike.
The team faced off against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday hoping to lock down their sixth win for the season. With a solid close to the fourth quarter, they were able to successfully do just that – forcing the Los Angeles Rams to suffer a 14-10 loss in their home arena.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 21, 2016
Paying close attention to the progress of the game, it was clear that the Los Angeles Rams had quite a few missed opportunities which gave the Dolphins more than enough room to get the job done and take full advantage of the Rams’ missteps.
For the majority of the game, the Rams defense was definitely showcasing its overall dominance over the Miami Dolphins. Rams quarterback Jared Goff unfortunately did not make any showstopping or jaw-dropping plays during his first start on the team. The team’s defense carried the weight of the team when the offense could not do so. That was, of course, until the Dolphins stepped up a few notches with the game on the line during the last minutes of the game.
— Miami Herald Sports (@HeraldSports) November 21, 2016
Absolutely perfect throw by Tannehill to put the Dolphins up. 75-yard drive on the Rams? Miami’s a different team.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) November 21, 2016
— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) November 21, 2016
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed touchdown passes to both Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter – turning what the Rams may have thought was a “sure thing” victory from a 10-0 deficit into a shocking 14-10 that caused them to miss the mark when it mattered the most.
When the Los Angeles Rams got the ball back after the Dolphins’ second touchdown pass, they still had 29 seconds left to make big moves and take back the victory that they likely assumed was secured after the first three quarters. That meant that Goff needed to step things up a notch and redeem himself by securing a right-on-time touchdown pass to put his teams back on top. The team worked hard to make their way up the field with the clock ticking down second after second towards their inevitable defeat.
— Ramblin’ Fan (@RamblinFan) November 21, 2016
The team was not able to get past the 48-yard line, so Goff made the call that many fans and critics expected – throwing a Hail Mary pass toward the end zone and hope for the best. Unfortunately for the Rams, the Dolphins knocked the Hail Mary pass down in the end zone – bringing the game to an end while engraving the win on the team’s current season record.
Tannehill dropped jaws with his two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, but he contributed an acceptable performance as QB to the Dolphins offense throughout the game – completing 24 out of 34 passes for 172 yards. When Tannehill was unable to get the job done, Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi put his legs to work on the field – running 77 yards out of 16 carries.
With the undoubted enthusiasm and excitement coming from yet another win, the Dolphins will more than likely remain pumped this week as they prepare to face the San Francisco 49ers back in their home stadium next Sunday.
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