Dolphins' defense makes one last stop, handing Miami second win in as many weeks

Adam H. Beasley, Miami Herald on

Published in Football

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts needed 10 yards. The Dolphins only gave them eight.

And as a result, the Miami Dolphins officially have a winning streak.

The Dolphins tackled Eric Ebron two yards short of the sticks on fourth down, getting off the field one last time and preserving a 16-12 victory over the Colts.

Good news, right?

Not if your goal is landing the best available quarterback. With back-to-back wins, the Dolphins fell two games "behind" the Bengals for the No. 1 pick.

But Brian Flores and Ryan Fitzpatrick couldn't care less.

They did just enough to win -- beating the Colts and even the officials.

After Nik Needham recorded the Dolphins' third interception of Brian Hoyer, Fitzpatrick ran back onto the field. But the refs stopped him, concerned about a possible concussion after taking a vicious, unflagged helmet-to-helmet hit by Grover Stewart on the previous drive.

That meant Josh Rosen had to enter the game, and Flores didn't let him throw once. Three straight runs set up Jason Sanders' third long field goal of the day and gave the Colts one last shot.

But the drive stalled inside the Dolphins' 10, and the game was over.


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