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Dolphins vs Eagles Recap

Photo by Steve Mitchell, USA Today Sports

Written by Chad Hahn

On the opening drive of the game the Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was intercepted by Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby it only took three plays for the Eagles to go right down the field as quarterback Carson Wentz connected with running back Miles Sanders in the flat for a wide-open 15 yard touchdown taking an early 7-0 lead against the Dolphins.

On the following possession, the Dolphins went three and out and then the Eagles took over with great field position capitalizing with a 48-yard field goal from kicker Jake Elliott extending the Eagles early first-quarter lead 10 to 0.

After a couple of possessions from each team the Dolphins were aggressive and going for a fourth and four at their own 44 as Ryan Fitzpatrick threw up a lob bomb pass caught by Devante Parker down the sideline as he kept his feet in bounds for the long touchdown from 44 yards out to cut the lead from 10 to 7 Eagles.

Early in the second quarter, the Eagles drove down the field led by quarterback Carson Wentz resulting in a 43-yard field goal from kicker Jake Elliott extending the Eagles lead to 13-7.

With 4:40 left in the first half the Dolphins were driving down the field and were stopped at the 2 yard line and went for a fourth down in what would be called the most wildest formation you’ve ever seen in football as punter Matt Haack took a direct snap and threw a touchdown pass which was a shovel pass to kicker Jason Sanders from 2 yards out for the Dolphins touchdown and added the extra point the take a 14 to 13 lead in the second quarter.

On the ensuing possession Eagles lead by Carson Wentz went up and down the field once again completing a touchdown pass to JJ Arcega-Whiteside which was his first career touchdown, and in addition, they completed the 2 point conversion pass from Wentz to Nelson Agholor to take a halftime lead of 21 to 14 Eagles.

To start the second have a Dolphins coaching staff was aggressive again going for an onside kick this time it did fail setting up the Eagles in great field position as Carson Wentz was able to drive the Eagles down the field and hit wide receiver Alshon Jeffery for a 10 yard touchdown early in the third quarter making the Eagles lead 28 to 14.

On the ensuing possession led by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Dolphins drove down the field capped off with a 18-yard touchdown pass from Fitzpatrick to Devante Parker, his second of the day cutting the lead down to seven, 28 to 20 Eagles as Jason Sanders missed the extra point.

On the ensuing possession, the Eagles were driving down the field when the Dolphins got their first sack of the game by linebacker Sam Eguavoen and forcing a 49-yard field goal from the Eagles Jake Elliot which was his first miss of the season keeping the lead to 28-20 Eagles.

The Dolphins resilient quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick helped the Dolphins down the field once again including a break the pocket touchdown, down the sideline from 16 yards out to Tight End Mike Gesicki his second touchdown in as many weeks. The Dolphins tried for a two-point conversion but failed so the Eagles held onto a 28 to 26 lead in the third quarter.

After the Eagles punted to the Dolphins, they were lead by Ryan Fitzpatrick as they drove down the field once again this time capped off by a 4-yard touchdown run from undrafted rookie running back Patrick Laird as the Dolphins took their first lead of the afternoon in the fourth quarter. They once again attempted a 2 point conversion this time a successful pass from Fitzpatrick to Laird. Dolphins lead 34-28

After a 3 and out series from the Eagles, The Dolphins continuing their momentum drove down the field again to kick a field goal from kicker Jason Sanders to extend the lead 37 to 28 Dolphins.

The Eagles needed two scores drove down the field and kicked a field goal with under two minutes left to cut the lead down 37 to 31. On the ensuing onside kick, the Eagles failed in an attempt to recover the kick. The Eagles regained possession after a 3 and out forcing the Eagles to use the timeouts they had. A last-second Hail Mary from Miami’s 49-yard line Carson Wentz was intercepted by Dolphins defense of back Chris Lammons putting the final nail in the coffin at the Miami Dolphins upset the visiting Philadelphia Eagles 37 to 31.

Make no mistake about it, this was an upset of epic proportions as the Eagles had first place in their division on the line in Miami and the Dolphins were able to pull the huge upset mainly as a result from an excellent day from Ryan Fitzpatrick as he threw for over 350 yards and three touchdowns as well as Devante Parker who had seven catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns.

This win marks three wins out of the last five games for the Miami Dolphins. Coach Brian Flores and the entire coaching staff deserves a lot of credit for coaching up this particular team as they are not the most talented roster as 40% of the roster is actually undrafted free agents. One thing this coach and team embodies is a fighting attitude and never give up attitude and it is obvious that Coach Bryan Flores and the coaching staff have these Miami Dolphin players playing hard each and every week. Although the roster decisions looming in the off-season are important the most important part of a real rebuilding project is to have the right coaching staff in place, I believe this is the biggest step and solidifying that this is the right staff.

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