Don't blame the Miami Dolphins only everyday Joe and Head Coach!
Ryan Tannehill's deep ball throws were well placed on this day! On the games first play the quarterback tossed the ball 60 yards through the air between two defenders for a 50 yard completion to Mike Wallace at the Patriots 30 yard line. Miami followed up that play with a three and out which resulted in a blocked field goal attempt that was returned 62 yards for a New England touchdown and 7 - 0 score. It was the Dolphins first blocked field goal returned for a touchdown by the opponent since 1991.
On the eighth play of Miami's second series with a third down and fifteen yards to go. Tannehill lobbed a ball 55 yards through the air to a precise spot at the Pats 15 yard line. Brian Hartline lost track of the ball due to the sun being in his eyes while had he simply continued to run forward the ball would have hit him in the face mask.
Miami punted, and on New England's 6th play of the possession, a backup to the backup linebacker Jason Trusnik intercepted Tom Brady at the Dolphins 35 yard line. The Dolphins went 60 yards in 9 plays for a 24 yard field goal, and 7 - 3 deficit with 59 first quarter seconds remaining. By quarters end, the visitors with 10 rush attempts for 49 yards had out gained the home team in total yardage by 150 to 57.
New England's first quarter ending series was halted 3 minutes into the 2nd quarter at the Miami 47 yard line, and the Dolphins fair caught the punt at their own 10. Six plays later from the Miami 45 on 3rd and 14, Tannehill threw a high pass of an intended 18 yards to Brandon Gibson that went off of his fingertips and into the arms of a Patriot defender who returned the interception 60 yards to the Dolphins 8 yard line. Three plays later the Pats walked it in from 3 yards out for a 14 - 3 lead seven minutes into the 2nd quarter.
The Dolphins returned the kickoff to their own 27, and in five plays moved it to the Patriots 35 yard line. On 3rd and 9 from the 35, Ryan Tannehill tossed another perfectly placed 42 yards through the air pass into the end zone that running back Damien Williams blatantly dropped. Caleb Sturgis kicked a 53 yard field goal to narrow the deficit to eight points at 14 - 6.
New England followed with a six & out. Then Miami had an eight & out which was prior to a Patriots three & out and punt that the Dolphins Jarvis Landry returned 32 yards to the home teams 32 yard line with eleven second quarter ticks to go. On first down, Ryan Tannehill dropped back to the 40 and threw another perfect pass down the left sideline into the end zone that Mike Wallace caught with one hand for a touchdown and 14 - 13 halftime score.
Miami's visiting Dolphins accrued 271 total first half yards to the home teams mighty New England Patriots 103. Ryan Tannehill didn't suffer a single sack, and Miami had 18 rushes for 74 yards.
Unfortunately, that was the highlight of the day as the Patriots came out of the tunnel with a different strategy. They proceeded to attack the Dolphins backup to the backup linebackers as well as at backup safety with tight end Rob Gronkowski (who wasn't targeted over the first half), and New England scored 27 unanswered second half points for a 41 - 13 final score.
The Pats opened the third quarter with a 3 yard touchdown run on a drive that covered 79 yards in 8 plays for a score of 21 - 13. After a Dolphin three & out, New England covered another 47 yards in ten plays for a 35 yard field goal and 24 - 13 game.
In four 3rd quarter touches of the ball Miami had 10 plays for 46 yards, and a Tannehill interception that was deflected off of Lamar Miller (due to an non-call of early contact). The interception came on first and ten from the Miami 20 on the Dolphins second 3rd quarter touch of the ball, and was returned to the Dolphin 27 yard line. On first down Brady hit Gronkowski for a 27 yard touchdown to pull away at 31 - 13.
Miami followed with another three & out which was followed by a Patriots 3 play drive of 47 yards and Brady touchdown pass of six yards to go up 38 - 13. The win or lose outcome had already been decided, but Tannehill had one last perfectly thrown touchdown pass of 35 yards through the air into the end zone that was blatantly dropped by Rishard Matthews in the 4th quarter. The Dolphins had 27 plays for 91 yards in the fourth quarter, and New England added a field goal on their second to last possession to finalize the scoreboard at 41 - 13.
After keeping Ryan Tannehill's butt clean over the first half, the Dolphins offensive line allowed four second half sacks of their quarterback! Tom Brady was not sacked on the day! Due to the Patriots increasing a one point halftime lead to 18 points in just eleven minutes on their first three 3rd quarter possessions! Miami was forced to throw the ball, and their running game gained just two second half yards on four attempts!
The Miami Dolphins with 23 first downs held the ball for 7 and a half minutes longer than New England who also converted 23 first downs. Miami's 308 via the pass and 76 on the ground to total (384 yards) had eleven fewer total yards than the Patriots (395) which included 287 pass, and 108 rushing. Ryan Tannehill went 29 of 47 with one touchdown to go along with two deflections that resulted in interceptions, and numerous receiver drops. Mike Wallace had 5 receptions for 104 yards with a touchdown, and Jarvis Landry caught 8 balls for 99 yards.
In a game with a final score Dolphin deficit of 28 points the Patriots scored 21 points off of turnovers which included a blocked field goal returned for an early touchdown lead, and two interceptions while Miami receivers blatantly dropped two perfectly placed Ryan Tannehill deep ball touchdowns in the end zone.
As suggested they'd be prior to the season, the Dolphins are 7 and 7 with two games to go. However. As suggested prior to the season that the final two games would be the deciding factor. They will not be, as the decimated by injuries Miami Dolphins have been all but mathematically eliminated from post season play.
Thank You for an Open Minded read, and we look forward to your angle of view : )) !!
On Behalf of The Miami Dolphins, I'm SORRY that they let you down AGAIN!! :""(( !!
For what it's worth. Whether you want to believe it or not?
Though the Dolphins may end up with a lesser record than in 2013.
The 2014 Miami Dolphins are far better than last years team, and 2015 should be spectacular with a few key additions and reasonable health!
Other than the first half of play, the only good that came from today's results was that Miami drew three spots closer to the top of the 2015 draft, and would pick 15th if the draft were tomorrow.
Here are some first round prospects that the Dolphins need to target.
True double coverage requiring number one receivers to free up Mike Wallace.
Amari Cooper Alabama (Heisman Runner Up)
Kevin White West Virginia
Devante Parker Louisville
Jaelan Strong Arizona State
Offensive Left Tackle so that Ju'Waun James can play his natural right tackle spot.
Ronnie Stanley Notre Dame
Offensive Lineman Right Tackle/Guard
La'el Collins LSU
Defensive End/OLB/Pass rusher extraordinaire
Shane Ray Missouri
Vic Beasley Clemson
P.J. Williams FSU
Melvin Gordon Wisconsin (Heisman third place runner up)
Bernardrick McKinney Mississippi State
Denzel Perryman The U
Trae Waynes Michigan State
Ronald Darby FSU
Alex Carter Stanford
T.J Clemmings Pittsburgh
Ereck Flowers The U
Arie Kouandjio Alabama
Josue Matias FSU
Sammie Coates Auburn
Dorial Green-Beckham Oklahoma
BRING-ON APRIL, and fast !!