Miami Dolphins' 14-10 rally past Rams is pure Hollywood
LOS ANGELES (AP) There was no ''win one for the Gipper'' speech, but everything else about the Miami Dolphins' improbable 14-10 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Rams was pure Hollywood.
There was drama, as an offense that had done almost nothing scored twice in the final 6:40. There was action, as wide receiver Jarvis Landry was pushed into the end zone as part of a massive 10-man scrum to finally get the Dolphins on the scoreboard.
There was comedy, with teammates coming over to razz receiver DeVante Parker, who caught the game-winning touchdown with 36 seconds remaining, after he failed to intercept the Rams' last-gasp chance at a Hail Mary pass.
The only thing missing was a memorable rallying cry before the Dolphins took the field with 2:11 remaining trailing by three points.
''I wish there was,'' offensive lineman Sam Young said. ''Everyone was being very positive in the huddle. There was a real sense of calm, a real sense of confidence really.''
The Dolphins (6-4) have now won five games in a row, their longest winning streak since 2008, and done so under circumstances that could have come straight from a screenplay.
Special teams provided the game-winning touchdown against the New York Jets, with an interception return for a touchdown by Kiko Alonso making the difference over the San Diego Chargers last week.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill got his chance Sunday to match what the special teams and defense had done in a game where they were the only reason the Dolphins even had a chance to conjure more late-game magic.
Tannehill completed all five of his passes on the final drive for 53 yards, with Parker making a sprawling 9-yard reception to wrap a week spent in California with two wins. On the possession that preceded it, Tannehill was 7 of 8 passing for 62 yards and a touchdown.
On the Dolphins' other 11 drives, Tannehill was 12 of 21 for 57 yards with one interception.
''Hell of a job,'' Landry said. ''He did exactly what big-time players do, you know. They make the plays when it counts and he did that for us and he carried us to continue this winning streak we got going. It's something special.''
The same could be said of the makeshift offensive line that protected Tannehill on those final two drives.
With left tackle Branden Albert (wrist) and center Mike Pouncey (hip) out, Laremy Tunsil had to slide over to replace Albert, Kraig Urbik taking over for Tunsil at guard and Anthony Steen snapping the ball. But Tunsil exited the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter, forcing Young to step up at left tackle against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.
With the game on the line, that group kept Tannehill upright.
''When we needed time at the end to make some throws down the field, they were able to give me that and we were able to execute,'' Tannehill said.
Dolphins coach Adam Gase couldn't even begin to process the unlikely turnaround, just shrugging and shaking his head when asked to explain what the offense was able to do on its two scoring drives.
''I don't even know,'' Gase said. ''Just nothing was going right for us. We were terrible on offense and just lucky that our defense played as hard as they could, sold out and tried to just keep us in the game.''
Tannehill said he never lost faith that the Dolphins could win the game, adding that ''It doesn't really matter how you get there as long as you get there.''
Not exactly catchy enough to make Robert Buckner's script, but the Dolphins will take it.
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