Dolphins Out Played by Giants 31-24

In a nationally televised game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants, both teams had a lot to prove and play for: The Dolphins to stay in the hunt of the wild card, (yes they also need a lot of help to accomplish this) and the Giants needed a win to have a three way tie for first place in their division.

In a game of missed tackles Miami’s running back Lamar Miller had an incredible first half.  Two big runs and New York’s missed tackles gave the Miami Dolphins a 14-10 lead going into halftime.

The Dolphins defense continued their same ways by not being able to stop the run game of the Giants.  I thought the Dolphins defense when the pass rush was on and pressure was put on Eli Manning the defense looked really good.  When they played on their heels, they looked sloppy and confused on the field.

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On a throwback uniform game with the old logo on the helmets (which I love, way better than the new one), This game was marketed to be a matchup of the wide receivers.  Odell Beckham Jr for the Giants and the Dolphins number one receiver in Jarvis Landry. Both players made stunning plays, but Beckham won this battle. Landry had 11 receptions for 99-yards and no touchdowns, Beckham Jr. had an incredible game with seven receptions for a total of 166-yards and haled in two touchdowns.  To cap it off Eli Manning burned the Dolphins going 27 for 31 for 337-yards and throwing for four, yes count them one, two, three, FOUR touchdowns.  Miami’s Ryan Tannehill was 25 for 41 attempts, 236 total yards, had one touchdown reception to Kenny Stills and was sacked once.

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What a great play late in the second quarter, a bad handoff between Giants, quarterback Manning and running back Rashad Jennings gave the Dolphins a turnover on a fumble and a chance to add to their lead.  I do not understand the play calls with their two-minute warning package. In my opinion why not attempt to throw in the end zone and open up the offense.  Instead the Dolphins play it safe and ended up with a field goal…I just do not understand not going to the wide outs when you are 25-yards out of the Giant’s end zone.  With these safe plays the Giants got the ball back and lite up the dolphins defense with a deep pass to Beckham for a big gain, which ended up in a touchdown pass with 44 seconds left in the first half to tie the game at 17.

Ryan Tannehill tried all night to get the ball to Jarvis Landry but it was not to be tonight for Landry and the rest of the offense. With this loss the Miami Dolphins are officially eliminated from the playoffs and handed the division to the New England Patriots (great, just great).

I think this could be the end to the tenure of interim head coach Dan Campbell.  Sorry to say it, cause I really like the job he has done to motivate the Dolphins into a different team…but motivation alone will not bring a Super Bowl to Miami.  We need an experienced coach at the helm. 

Next up for the Dolphins is a trip into San Diego to take on the Chargers.

FINS UP!!!    


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