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Tannehill Powers Miami Past Colts

Posted Sep 15, 2013

With the Miami Dolphins in town, the Colts went in search of their second straight win to open the 2013 season. However, the Dolphins rose up on a strong effort by quarterback Ryan Tannehill and stopped the Colts, 24-20. The Colts (1-1) will head to San Francisco to play the 49ers next Sunday.



INDIANAPOLIS – Ryan Tannehill passed for 319 yards while Mike Wallace and Charles Clay both enjoyed big receiving days Sunday as the Miami Dolphins edged the Colts, 24-20, at Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

Tannehill completed 23-of-34 passes with a touchdown. Wallace caught nine passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Clay had five receptions for 109 yards.

 

The Colts had a final opportunity to pull it out, getting the ball at their own 14 with 3:57 left.  However, their push sputtered when Andrew Luck threw three incompletions and then was sacked on fourth down at Miami's 23.

 

“I don't think I managed that particularly well,” Luck said about the Colts' final drive.

 

“You never want to get sacked on fourth down. It's one of those cardinal sins, if you will, of playing football. You have to get the ball out of your hands, no matter what. I'm just really disappointed in myself for not giving our guys a chance.”

 

Luck completed 25-of-43 passes for 321 yards with one touchdown. He threw his first interception of the season early in the final quarter when Brent Grimes picked him off on a pass targeted for Reggie Wayne in the end zone.

 

“Just up and down,” Colts Coach Chuck Pagano said, referring to how the tightly contested game played out. “We've got to play consistent football for 60 minutes as best as you can. We've got some things to clean up.”

 

T.Y. Hilton grabbed six passes for 124 yards for Indy.

 

“We knew we had to get him back involved,” Pagano said. “We made big plays, and he made huge plays. … He's an explosive guy.”


 

SCORING RECAP

           

FIRST QUARTER (9:43 remaining)

After Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a 52-yard field goal try on Indy's first possession, Miami took over at its own 42-yard line and marched down the field. Three nifty pass completions from Ryan Tannehill to Mike Wallace resulted in 46 yards, including the 18-yard touchdown. Caleb Sturgis booted the extra point. Dolphins 7, Colts 0.

 

FIRST QUARTER (4:07 remaining)

Andrew Luck was the main man on Indy's first scoring drive, completing 5-of-8 passes for 61 yards. The Colts' drive stalled when it reached the 14-yard line. Vinatieri kicked a 30-yard field goal. Dolphins 7, Colts 3.

 

FIRST QUARTER (2:54 remaining)

The Dolphins produced quickly and efficiently for their next score, going 80 yards in three plays. The big play was a 67-yard completion from Tannehill to Charles Clay. On the next snap, Lamar Miller skirted left end for a 10-yard touchdown. Sturgis kicked the extra point. Dolphins 14, Colts 3.

 

SECOND QUARTER (13:01 remaining)

The Colts' offense got untracked and came up with a 10-play, 80-yard drive for their first touchdown. Luck hit Coby Fleener for a 40-yard completion and the big gainer. Luck also fired to Fleener near the back of the end zone for the 3-yard TD. Vinatieri added the extra point. Dolphins 14, Colts 10.

 

SECOND QUARTER (1:26 remaining)

Luck's arm provided the gains on the first part of this drive as he passed 18 yards and 47 yards to T.Y. Hilton. On the 47-yarder, Hilton wrestled the ball away from Miami's Brent Grimes. Then the Colts turned to Ahmad Bradshaw's legs as he ran the final three plays from the Miami 13. The TD was a 1-yard burst. Vinatieri booted the extra point. Colts 17, Dolphins 14.

 

SECOND QUARTER (0:00 remaining)

Sturgis made a 54-yard field goal for Miami as time expired. Tannehill passed 21 yards to Clay for  the big gain. Colts 17, Dolphins 17.

 

THIRD QUARTER (11:35 remaining)

Vinatieri kicked a 38-yard field goal to give the Colts the lead. The Colts' push for a touchdown was short-circuited when two big plays were wiped out. First, Luck's 20-yard  pass to Dominique Jones to the 1-yard line was negated when instant replay showed Jones hadn't secured the ball.  Then, a 15-yard scoring pass to Fleener was erased by an illegal shift penalty against the Colts' offense. The drive started for the Colts when linebacker Jerrell Freeman slammed into Tannehill in the pocket and the Miami quarterback committed a fumble that Joe Lefeged recovered, giving Indy the ball at the Dolphins' 39. Colts 20, Dolphins 17.

 

THIRD QUARTER (4:40 remaining)

Tannehill got hot again, completing all three of his passes for a total of 65 yards. He handed to Charles Clay for the 1-yard touchdown. Sturgis added the extra point. Dolphins 24, Colts 20.

 


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