Dolphins fans that turned out for their home-opener this season were not disappointed after watching the Dolphins overcome a strong Atlanta Falcons team by a score of 27-23 to start the season 3-0. Ryan Tannehill finished the game 24/35 with 236 yards, 2 TDs and a pick. After falling behind by 10 points early in the game, Miami slowly mounted the comeback to eventually tie the game late in the third quarter. Early in the fourth, Atlanta Kicker Matt Bryant put the Falcons ahead by three points by kicking a 33 yard field goal. While Bryant helped put his team ahead, he was unable to help put away the game when he missed a 35 yard field goal wide right with about 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Spurred by the Atlanta mistake, Ryan Tannehill made the Falcons pay and executed a 13 play drive that spanned 75 yards, resulting in a touchdown that put the Dolphins up by four points and only leaving 38 seconds on the clock for Atlanta. The game deciding play came on a Matty Ice interception by Miami S Jimmy Wilson intended for WR Harry Douglas. Matt Ryan is normally excellent in the clutch, but his under-thrown ball eliminated the chance of a Falcon comeback. Ryan finished the game 23/38, 231 yards, 2 TDs and a pick.
Miami is tied with New England for first place in the AFC East, a tie that New England wins by virtue of their two divisional wins. New England will take on the Falcons next week in Atlanta, which will be a tougher task since Matt Ryan rarely looses at home. Continuing the string of NFC South opponents, Miami will take on another tough challenge in New Orleans next Monday Night against Drew Brees and the Saints. If the Dolphins can win next week in New Orleans, they would send a message to the league (the Patriots in particular) that they are coming after that AFC East crown.