By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303
How many people can say they have become a part of history? Yes, my hand is raised. Yesterday, the Miami Dolphins played in one of the longest games in NFL history. 7 hours and 8 minutes to be exact.
It was a history-making day followed up by a Dolphins win. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday, considering last season at this time Hurricane Irma was making her presence felt. Facing adversity is becoming a common theme for these players.
Last year, the Dolphins home opener was rescheduled due to Irma. This year’s season opener turned into a marathon of lightning delays. Some of the fans that stayed enjoyed naps. Some just stayed in their seats. Others just got up and walked around the stadium.
The Miami Dolphins have been called many things over the years but resilient should be one of them. I have a hard time (to) believe an NFL team has gone through more during the last 12-24 months than this team on and off the field. – Antwan V. Staley
The concession stands stayed open throughout the whole delay. As for the game itself, emotions were up and down all day. It was hard to keep the momentum going. Home field advantage went right out the window as nearly half the fans went home. Those that did stay were rewarded for the patience and were treated to an exciting ending. Like I said before, every second counts and this was especially true on Sunday.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 10, 2018
Now onto the game itself.
The Dolphins outlasted the Tennessee Titans thanks to two key plays in the game. A kickoff return by wide receiver Jakeem Grant that went for 102 yards. That was followed up by a throw from quarterback Ryan Tannehill that went 75 yards to WR Kenny Stills for the second touchdown of the game. “It was wild but really proud of our guys with how we responded,” said Tannehill, who completed 20-of-28 passes for 230 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Dolphins were led by all-pro safety Reshad Jones. His late interception of Titans backup QB Blaine Gabbert all but sealed the deal for the Dolphins. Gabbert was leading the Titans on a drive that would have tied the game, had they scored. That was Jones’s second INT of the game. Jones picked off starting QB Marcus Mariota at the beginning of the game. Mariota unfortunately, left the game in the 3rd quarter due to an elbow injury.
Rookie cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick proved why he was the Dolphins first round pick. During Tennessee’s first two series, he made 2 tackles man-on-man that wowed the crowd. He then followed that with a touchdown-saving tackle on WR Corey Davis on a fourth and goal situation.
There are plenty of reasons for Dolphins fans to be pleased. Getting started in the right direction despite playing against the weather and Titans.
Dolphins (1-0) head to Metlife Stadium to face the New York Jets (0-0) next Sunday, weather permitting, of course.
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