The Jaguars opened the game marching the ball straight down the field on the Miami defense. Highlighted by a 41-yard run from Denard Robinson on a fake reverse, the Jaguars would quickly move 50 yards on just six plays, before having to line up for a field goal try. Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon was able to burst through the Jaguars' line and block the kick, however, with safety Michael Thomas recovering the kick.
Miami would go three-and-out after the blocked kick, killed by an illegal formation penalty and a sack of quarterback Ryan Tannehill by Ryan Davis. Davis was able to split the gap between left tackle Branden Albert and left guard Daryn Colledge, pulling down Tannehill four yards behind the line of scrimmage. Punter Brandon Fields, who has struggled in recent weeks, was able to connect solidly with the ball and kick it 49 yards.
The next drive for Jacksonville again moved the ball against the Miami offense, taking 11 plays to go 46 yards. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles would pick up 44 of the yards through the air, getting Jacksonville into position for another field goal attempt. This time, the Jaguars would connect on the field goal, only to have a holding penalty back them up 10 yards and force the Jaguars to punt instead of trying to put the points back on the board.
The punt pinned Miami inside their own 10-yard line, only to have another Daryn Colledge allowed sack on first down push them back to the two yard line. Running back Lamar Miller was able to pick up the seven yards and get back to the original line of scrimmage, but Miami would again have to punt. Fields would kick the ball 50 yards on fourth down to give Jacksonville the ball at the Miami 49-yard line.
Bortles and the Jaguars offense again started to move the ball, picking apart Miami's defense both on the ground and through the air. The first quarter ended with Jacksonville at the Miami 28-yard line, and seeming able to do whatever they want.
The second quarter began with a Louis Delmas 81-yard pick six for a Miami 7-0 lead.
Jacksonville continued their abuse of the Miami defense on the next drive, but would again be held out of the endzone. After a 14 play, 66 yard drive that took over eight minutes off the clock, the Jaguars would have to settle for a field goal, actually getting to keep the three points on this one.
Another quick three-and-out from Miami was followed by a fumble from Bortles as he tried to run down the field. Delmas backed up his pick six with the recovery of the fumble.
Miami would put together their best possession of the game after the recovery. Tannehill would find Lamar Miller and Brian Hartline through the air, as well as Miller and Tannehill gaining ground with their legs, leading to an 11-play, 52-yard drive. Caleb Sturgis connected on a 43-yard field goal to extend Miami's lead to 10-3.
With 58 seconds remaining in the half, Jacksonville came out on 1st down and attempted a pass, only to have Cameron Wake sack Bortles for a three-yard loss. The Jaguars then ran out the clock and took the game to the halftime intermission.
Miami gets the ball to start the second half.