The Dolphins won the coin toss and elected to receive, something that have not done this year. Typically deferring, the Dolphins looked to come out and get the offense in rhythm early. Instead, a sack on first down headlined a quick three-and-out for Miami.
The Bears did not have any better success on their opening drive, punting the ball right back to Miami.
Miami came out with some incredibly unpredictable play calling on the next drive, including designed runs for quarterback Ryan Tannehill and passes to tight end Charles Clay. The 80-yard drive was capped with Tannehill finding a wide open Clay for 13-yards and the score.
With a 7-0 lead, the Dolphins defense hit the field and once again forced a Chicago punt. On the six play possession, the Bears had a 10-yard loss on a backwards pass and a six-uard loss on a Derrick Shelby sack.
Miami came out and again began attacking the Bears with the play action pass, and with a moving Tannehill. The first quarter ended with the Dolphins moving 33 yards in four plays, then the momentum continued into the second period. Unfortunately for the offense, the drive would eventually stall, and Caleb Sturgis would have to come on for a 50-yard field goal attempt. The kick had the distance, but continued to push from the left to the right, and ended up wide of the goal posts.
The Bears took over after the miss and looked to capitalize. After moving the ball into Miami territory, Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler sailed a ball into what appeared to be an empty space on the field, until Reshad Jones came flying across the field and picked it off. Jones then returned the ball 50 yards, setting up a Miami drive from the Chicago 23 yard line.
Three plays later, Tannehill found Mike Wallace in the back of the endzone for a 10-yard score.
Miami jumped out to a 14-0 lead.
After another three-and-out from Chicago, Miami would move down the field again, but ultimately stall out with five seconds remaining in the half.
Tannehill finished the half 14-for-15 for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns, giving him a 155.1 passer rating.
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