Big Plays Spark Comeback

After an atrocious first quarter of the preseason, the Dolphins started making big play after big play and that helped them rally from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-23 Friday night.

Rookie free agent Phillip Livas put a capper on the scoring for the Dolphins with a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown that gave Miami a 28-20 lead in the fourth quarter.

The Dolphins also scored on a 44-yard pass from Chad Henne to Brian Hartline, and TD passes from Matt Moore of 28 yards to Roberto Wallace and 6 yards to rookie Clyde Gates.

The Gates touchdown in the third quarter gave the Dolphins their first lead of the game at 21-20.

The defense struggled in the first quarter, but later came up with three takeaways, including rookie Vincent Agnew's game-clinching interception in the final minute.

The other turnover came courtesy of a Benny Sapp interception and a fumble caused by rookie Jimmy Wilson and recovered by Austin Spitler.

The big plays helped overcome a disastrous first quarter that featured a porous defense and two interceptions thrown by Henne.

After forcing a three-and-out on Atlanta's first series, the Dolphins defense then allowed touchdown drives of 56 yards and 83 yards. After a Matt Bryant followed Henne's second interception of the first quarter, Atlanta led 17-0.

The comeback began on the next drive after the Dolphins converted a third-and-9 from their 31 when Henne found rookie running back Daniel Thomas in the flat and Thomas turned it into a 25-yard gain.

On the next play, Hartline got behind the Atlanta defense and Henne delivered a strike for Miami's first touchdown of the preseason.

The score marked the beginning of a 28-6 run for the Dolphins.


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