Written by Chad Hahn
The opening drive for the Dolphins ended up in a fumble from tight end Mike Gesicki forced by linebacker Darius Leonard.The Colts drove down the field after that resulting in a controversial call as Colts tight end Eric Ebron appeared to catch the ball in the end zone but as he was coming down with it Dolphins safety Steven Parker appeared to take the ball away from Ebron. After official review they concluded it was an interception. So both clubs start the game with turnovers.
On the ensuing drive the Dolphins drove down the field and it resulted in a 47 field goal from kicker Jason Sanders. 3-0 Dolphins.
After stopping the Colts offense quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick continued to drive the Dolphins up and down the field resulting in a goal to go situation but coach Brian Flores continued to be aggressive going for another 4th down, this time resulting in a failed attempt inside the 5 yard line, Colts took over on downs.
Colts drove down the field just to allow a sack and forced fumble from Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker pushing them out of field goal range.
After some back and fourth punts the Colts QB Brian Hoyer air mailed a pass and was intercepted by defensive back Bobby McCain and returned down to the Colts 11 yard line. Ryan Fitzpatrick follows that up with a scramble for a touchdown from 11 yards out. Dolphins head into the locker room leading 10-0 at halftime.
In the middle of the third-quarter the Colts drove down the field resulting in a 25 yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri to cut the lead down to 10 to 3 Dolphins.
After another three and out possession from the Dolphins the Colts had great starting position at the Miami 49 yard line. That drive ended up in yet another field goal from Adam Vinatieri this time from 39 yards out to cut the Dolphins lead to 10 to 6 before the end of the third quarter.
On the following possession Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a gutsy pass and it gets intercepted by linebacker Darius Leonard giving the Colts great field position on the ensuing drive. That was followed up by a quick-strike touchdown from Brian Hoyer to tight and Jack Doyle for the Colts to take their first lead of the afternoon 12 to 10 Colts as a missed extra point from Adam Vinatieri could prove costly.
On the ensuing drive lead by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick drove the Dolphins down the field and set up for a game-leading field goal attempt by Jason Sanders and he connects from 48 yards out to take a 13 to 12 lead with over five minutes left in regulation.
On the following possession and on the first play of the drive quarterback for the Colts Brian Hoyer had a play action bootleg pass intercepted by Dolphins undrafted rookie cornerback Nick Needham. Hoyer’s third interception of the day. Because of a delayed concussion protocol on Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen took the field and handed the ball off three times and it resulted in a 48 yard field goal by Jason Sanders to extend the Dolphins lead 16 to 12.
The Colts drove down inside the Dolphins 20 yard line just to come up short on the fourth and 10 as Brian Hoyer completed the pass to Eric Ebron for 8 yards but 2 yards short of the first down resulting in the dolphins clinching their second straight victory 16 to 12 on the road against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas oil stadium.
The Dolphins earned this victory and gutsy fashion as the defense was very stout all game long and force three interceptions from Colts quarterback Brian Hoyer. A missed extra point from Adam Vinatieri also helped the situation. No matter what people say about this victory from Miami Coach Brian Flores deserves a lot of credit keeping this team fighting week after week no matter what the circumstances are or who they’re playing against.
On back to back weeks once again the biggest take away from this Sunday’s victory was the Dolphins might not have the roster that they want long-term but this is a step in the right direction on earning the fans trust that this is the long-term coaching staff that is in place based on player progression throughout the season with undrafted rookie free agents and players that were claimed off of waivers. No coach in the NFL this year has done more with a makeshift roster and Coach Brian Flores, well done on winning back to back games.