The Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens have completed their Week 14 contest, with the Ravens overcoming a host start by the Dolphins all-but eliminate Miami from the playoffs.
The Dolphins jumped out to an early lead in the contest. The game started with Miami winning the coin toss and electing to defer to the second half. The Ravens received the opening kickoff, but would only gain nine yards before having to punt on a three-and-out.
Baltimore entered the game with the second fewest three-and-outs on the season. Their total quickly jumped in the first quarter, with the opening drive not being the only time the Ravens would not gain a first down.
Miami took their opening drive 36 yards on seven plays, including a 15-yard run from Lamar Miller on the first play from scrimmage. While the drive would stall at the Baltimore 28-yard line, Caleb Sturgis would connect on the 46-yard field goal attempt and give Miami a 3-0 lead.
The three-and-out fest for Baltimore would get its second helping on their second possession, gaining a negative-one-yard on the three plays, thanks to a Jelani Jenkins five-yard tackle-for-loss and a false start penalty.
The Dolphins took possession for the second time on the day, and immediately began working their way down the field again. Aided by a couple of Ravens neutral infraction penalties, the drive also saw quarterback Ryan Tannehillstart to get into rhythm and find multiple receivers. Connecting with five different players on the drive, Tannehill saw gains of 12 yards to Dion Sims, 13 yards to Mike Wallace, and three-yard touchdown pass to Brian Hartline.
Baltimore would answer with a third straight three-and-out.
After a three-and-out from the Dolphins to open the second quarter, the Ravens were finally able to gain a first down, then strung it together to move down the field on Miami's defense. Baltimore would move 74 yards on 10 plays against the Dolphins, working their way down to the Miami 12-yard line. Facing a 3rd-and-7, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco dropped back and looked toward the endzone, where Dolphins cornerback R.J. Stanfordsnagged the ball out of the air and ended the threat.
Miami would gain a couple of first downs on the drive, but would also see a penalty and a sack putting an end to any rhythm the offense had. The Dolphins would gain 19 yards on eight plays before having to punt the ball away.
Baltimore would find their own rhythm on the next drive, moving down to the Miami two yard line before Flacco would connect with Steve Smith, Sr., for the touchdown. The drive moved 97 yards in 3:06 to pull within three of the Dolphins as the first half concluded.
The Dolphins opened the second half with the ball, but would only be able to gain 20 yards on six plays before having to punt. The drive was highlighted by two ineligible player downfield penalties on Miami, the first on a 1st-and-15 play called against Mike Pouncey, the second time he was called for that penalty in the game, and the second on Terrence Fede on the punt.
Baltimore was able to pick up where they left off in the first half. Flacco started to get hot on the drive, including passes to Owen Daniels for 16 yards, Jacoby Jones for 18 yards, and Marlon Brown for 14 yards. Kamar Aiken capped the drive with a 13 yard touchdown reception, giving the Ravens the lead for the first time in the game, overtaking Miami 14-10.
Miami's answer attempt fell short after one first down, with Brandon Fields out to put the ball from the Dolphins' 48-yard line.
After a Baltimore three-and-out, Miami was able to move the ball just 27 yards on eight plays in a drive that spanned the third- to fourth-quarter transition. The Dolphins were able to connect on a 34-yard field goal to pull within one point, trailing 14-13 with just under 13 minutes to play.
Everything continued to unravel for Miami after that, however, as the Dolphins defense could not stop the Baltimore offense. Flacco directed a 9-play, 80-yard drive for another touchdown, this on from Justin Forsett on a two-yard run. After another three-and-out from the Dolphins, Baltimore again drove the field, going 81 yards in seven plays, capped by a one-yard run for a touchdown from Joe Flacco.
Miami made one last effort to get back in the game, but failed on a fourth down conversion attempt and the Ravens were able to take the ball and kill the rest of the clock.
The Dolphins were unable to impose any sort of will on the Ravens after the first quarter. The offensive line was pushed around, while the Ravens just ran around, through, and over the Miami defense.
The game also marked the end of the 70-percent completions streak for Tannehill, who had topped that mark in the last five games. He finished this game 23-for-33, or 69.7-percent. He had 227 yards with a score, giving him a 98.9 passer rating.
Landry led the team in receptions and yards, with six catches for 55 yards. Lamar Miller carried the ball 12 times for 53 yards. Reshad Jones left the team with 10 tackles, while Stanford had the interception and Olivier Vernon recorded the only sack.
The loss drops Miami to 7-6 on the year, while the Raven improve to 8-5 and replace the Dolphins in the sixth spot in the playoff picture at the moment.
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