MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Kenny Pickett and the Pittsburgh Steelers were driving down the field, down by 6 in the last minutes of the 4th quarter aiming to take a success on the roadway.
They had 2 drives to make something take place.
And both times, the Miami Dolphins defense ruined his resurgence effort.
Dolphins cornerback Noah Igbinoghene sealed the game-winning interception, while standout security Jevon Holland obstructed Pickett one series earlier to assist Miami escape with a 16-10 win over Pittsburgh at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday night.
The video game marked the return of Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who played in his very first video game in 3 weeks after sustaining a concussion versus the Bengals on Sept. 29.
Tagovailoa ended up 21 of 35 for 261 lawns and a goal, while his Steelers equivalent Pickett was 32 of 44 for 257 lawns with a goal and 3 interceptions.
The Dolphins enhance to 4-2, while the Steelers fall to 2-5.
Here’s what we gained from the video game:
Tua Tagovailoa was not fantastic in his return
Tagovailoa came out of eviction, leading a goal drive. He finished 6 of 7 passes, and 3 of them opted for a minimum of 17 lawns each on the drive.
The offense was rolling. The script was best. But the remainder of the video game didn’t become a blowout for the Dolphins.
He likewise tossed 4 passes that need to have been obstructed.
Maybe, it was rust in his very first video game back. But it’s a good idea Tagovailoa and the Dolphins got their work done early in this one.
That’s since Miami’s 2nd half was abysmal with a turnover on downs and 5 punts.
Steelers’ offense moved in reverse
At least 2 drives in this video game, Pickett and the Steelers offense moved backwards rather of forward due to charges.
Before the Holland interception, the Steelers saw on 3rd-and-1 at a loss zone become 3rd-and-5, and after that 3rd-and-16 in the 4th quarter.
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The Steelers had 2 such situations where they dealt with a 3rd-and-16 on offense, the other being available in the 3rd quarter.
The unsightly 2nd half
Five punts and 2 interceptions by the Steelers.
Five punts and a turnover on downs by the Dolphins.
It wasn’t a protective chess match. It was an awful offending video game in primetime.
Questionable play calling
Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel got a little greedy in the 3rd quarter. And it may return to bite Miami.
The Dolphins ran 2 run plays wanting to get an initially down however stopped working.
A 3rd-and-2 run, developed into a work on 4th-and-3. And then a turnover. Dolphins running back Chase Edmonds was packed on both plays by the Steelers defense.
The Dolphins might have taken a nine-point lead around the midway point in the 3rd quarter however wasted 3 and a two-possession lead.
Dolphins took 16-10 halftime lead
The Dolphins ended the very first half with kicker Jason Sanders kicking his 3rd basket, a 47-yarder to take a 16-10 lead into halftime.
Tagovailoa was fortunate to not get obstructed on a deep pass meant for Tyreek Hill, while an essential incorrect start stopped Miami’s momentum after crossing midfield.
Tagovailoa had his finest pass of the very first half, a 37-yard conclusion to Trent Sherfield on the drive.
Steelers narrowed Dolphins’ lead
How did the Steelers stop the Dolphins’ momentum after that quick start? They kept the football in the 2nd quarter with 2 long drives.
The initially was 12 plays for simply 48 lawns, ending with Boswell making a 45-yd basket to make it 13-3 in the 2nd quarter.
The 2nd was a 13-play drive that saw Pickett toss a goal to George Pickens in the corner of completion zone to make it 13-10 prior to Miami’s last drive of the very first half. Pickens likewise captured a 30-yard conclusion, while Pickett ran for 18 lawns on the drive.
Dolphins get early turnover, 13-0 lead
The Dolphins went into the video game with among the NFL’s worst turnover margins at minus-5.
So, an interception by cornerback Justin Bethel was best for Miami. Bethel obstructed a go by Pickett which was meant for receiver Chase Claypool. He just fell while running his path.
The Dolphins transformed a basket, and took a 13-0 lead after the turnover.
It was the Dolphins’ very first interception given that Week 1, and very first turnover given that recuperating a fumble versus the Bills in Week 3.
For Bethel, it was his very first interception given that 2017.
Fans chant Tua’s name after very first drive
The Dolphins began the video game on offense and provided with the very first opening goal drive of the season.
Tagovailoa provided passes of 20 lawns to Jaylen Waddle, 17 lawns to Tyreek Hill and 18 lawns to tight end Mike Gesicki on a drive that ended in a checkdown to running back Raheem Mostert for an 8-yard rating.
Dolphins fans shouted “Tua! Tua! Tua!” as the group’s very first drive ended in a 7-0 lead.
Tagovailoa was typically serenated by fans, consisting of on his method to the locker space when the video game ended in a Dolphins success.
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