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What Happened Here? Week 6, Atlanta Falcons Edition

Film doesn’t lie, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a rich discussion to be had.

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, I introduced a new series to the Phinsider called “What Happened Here?” We look at game tape as a Dolphins family - and instead of just blindly accepting someone else’s conclusions, we form our own.

I’ll set the context of the play and it’ll be up to you to tell us what’s going on during the play. The 1st edition of “What Happened Here?” involved a play that didn’t work, and there were an array of responses and theories as to why it wasn’t executed properly (the vote was 31% bad blocking vs. 31% no WR separation vs. 34% poor QB play).

Let’s flip the script and look at a play that did work for us. We’re going to look at the Miami Dolphins first TD strike.

Context: 3rd and 7, Atlanta 11 yard line. Down 17-0. 6:20 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

Here’s the route combination...

Here’s the protection...

What happened here? Why did this play work?


This play worked because...

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Good pass blocking
    (79 votes)
  • 15%
    WR separation
    (65 votes)
  • 58%
    Good QB play
    (244 votes)
  • 6%
    Shut up, SUTTON. We got lucky. Oh yeah, almost forgot, you’re stupid.
    (28 votes)
416 votes total Vote Now