The Miami Dolphins made a last quarter attempt to pull out a Week 5 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, but came up short - and wide left - at the end.
The first half of the game featured a field goal showdown between the Ravens' Justin Tucker and Miami's Caleb Sturgis. Tucker hit first, connecting from 42-yards out early in the first quarter, giving Baltimore a 3-0 lead. Eight minutes later, Sturgis would hit his first field goal of the day, splitting the uprights from 37-yards, and tying the score at three.
In the second quarter, Tucker again connected, hitting from 50-yards away only to see Sturgis kick another field goal of his own, this time from 25 yards. Then, with 50 seconds remaining in the half, the Dolphins were able to find the end zone. Ryan Tannehill found Charles Clay in the front corner of the end zone with a nine yard strike, capping a seven play, 60 yard drive to give Miami the 13-6 halftime lead.
The second half saw both teams scoring touchdowns, with the Ravens running Ray Rice in from two yards out after the Dolphins went three and out on the first possession of the half. Then the Ravens came back later in the third period to add a field goal and retake the lead 16-13.
The fourth quarter became much more exciting, as the Ravens again ran Rive into the end zone, giving the team a 23-13 lead. The Dolphins were then able to get the ball into Sturgis' range, getting three points on a 48 yard kick.
Following the kickoff, the Dolphins were able to pin the Ravens back into their own territory. As Joe Flacco attempted to pass from his own endzone, rookie Dion Jordan was able to pressure him, getting a hand on the ball just as it was thrown. Safety Reshad Jones then intercepted the batted ball and returned it for a touchdown.
Sturgis, however, would kick the ball out of bounds on the kickoff, giving the Ravens a short field. They would drive 34-yards in seven plays to kick a field goal, giving the Ravens a 26-23 lead.
On their final possession, Miami would move the ball 41 yards on eight plays. The story of the drive would be the repeated drops from Mike Wallace and Charles Clay, and would have a highlight as Tannehill avoided pressure, reset his feet on the far left of the line of scrimmage, and find Brandon Gibson for a 46-yard completion.
However, Strugis, who started the season 10-for-10 on field goals, would miss for the first time this season on a 57-yard attempt to try to tie the game, kicking the ball wide left.
The Dolphins allowed six sacks on the day, bringing their season total to 24. They are now on pace for 77 sacks this season. Tannehill, despite the six sacks, was 21-for-40 for 307 yards with a touchdown, giving him a passer rating of 86.1. Wallace would finish the game with seven receptions for 105 yards - but was targeted 16 times, with at least 5 drops. The Miami running game was non existent again, with Lamar Miller gaining just 15 yards on seven carries.
Miami drops to 3-2 on the season, a game out of first place in the AFC East. They now have their bye week before facing the Buffalo Bills in Week 7, Miami's first AFC East game this season.
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