Oct 6, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) drops back to pass in the first quarter of a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins Recap on Loss Vs. Baltimore Ravens


First Quarter: The Ravens were set up nicely after a big gain to Torrey Smith, but the Dolphins defense held them to 3 points on a 42 yard FG. Ryan Tannehill threw another INT, but lucky for him, the ensuing review reversed the call and kept the ball with Miami (who punted 2 plays later).

After trading a few 3 & outs, Dannelle Ellerbe collected a fumble recovery against his former team and put the Dolphins just outside the red zone. Baltimore’s defense made a nice stand after the turnover to keep the game tied after a Caleb Sturgis FG.

Score after 1: Dolphins 3 – Ravens 3 (Miami with four 3 & outs already)

Second Quarter: Baltimore came into the quarter with the ball, and turned it into another Justin Tucker FG, this time from 50 yards. Tannehill responded with a nice drive, including a 49 yard pass to Mike Wallace. The drive ended with a disappointing red zone FG. Mike Wallace had 3 catches on the drive for 69 yards. Overall both teams’ offenses had been mediocre to this point, excluding a couple nice deep plays.

Miami engineered a big drive just before halftime to take a 13-6 lead. Tannehill found Brian Hartline twice for 51 yards to set up the Charles Clay TD. Mike Wallace was targeted 3 times with no catches on the drive. Lamar Miller was absolutely silent in the first half

Halftime Score: Dolphins 13 – Ravens 6

Thrid Quarter: The Ravens got the ball first after halftime, and they made the most of it. Thanks in part to 2 pass interference calls against Miami, Baltimore scored a TD on a Ray Rice run to tie the game at 13. Baltimore kept the momentum on their side after forcing a Miami punt; the Ravens offense took the ball 73 yards and was held up in the red zone for another Justin Tucker FG to take the lead.

Score after 3: Dolphins 13 – Ravens 16

Fourth Quarter: The Ravens had the ball to start the fourth quarter, and they capitalized on a Ray Rice rushing TD, his second of the day. They ran 11 plays for 94 yards on the drive. The Dolphins had a nice drive to pick up a FG after the Ravens TD, with the key play being a 45 yard pass to Charles Clay. The Dolphins kept the game to a one-score competition.

The Ravens got the ball back after the FG, and Flacco threw a pick-6 to Reshad Jones, which tied the game at 23. The Dolphins defense stood strong and forced a punt to take the ball back. Unfortunately for Miami, the Dolphins punted the ball back to the Ravens. Baltimore ran 7 plays,  ran over 2 minutes off the clock, used all of Miami’s timeouts on that drive, and added yet another Justin Tucker FG to take the lead 26 to 23.

The Dolphins got the ball back and had several disappointing plays, only to hit it big on a Ryan Tannhill-Brandon Gibson connection for a 45 yard gain. The play looked to be broken down, but Tannehill scrambled out of the pocket and delivered a strike to keep the game in reach for the Dolphins. After a sack and a dropped pass, the Caleb Sturgis FG was wide left, which gave the Ravens the win.

Final Score: Dolphins 26 – Ravens 23

Game Balls:

Ray Rice had only 74 yards rushing, and added 28 yards receiving while added 2 TDs for the Ravens. His last score proved to be the game-winner for the Ravens.

Terrell Suggs had 3 sacks on Ryan Tannehill, proving my point about the Dolphins’ shaky offensive line. Suggs was a threat all game, and kept the Dolphins from hitting on several key plays throughout the game.

Ryan Tannehill had a solid game against a good defense. He threw for over 300 yards, and a touchdown without a single INT. He didn’t win the game, but Tannehill was definitely let down by his receivers. several key drops meant lower numbers for Tannehill. Much better game than last week against the Saints.


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Tags: AFC East Baltimore Ravens Brian Hartline Joe Flacco Justin Tucker Lamar Miller Miami Dolphins Mike Wallace New England Patriots Ryan Tannehill Terrell Suggs