Dolphins win 4th place in a row and Cheetahs overtake 10–33
Miami Gardens, Florida. – Tua Tagovailoa was almost flawless. Cam Newton had his worst statistical day as a professional. A prohibited kick was returned for landing.
In all three stages, the Miami Dolphins had all the answers.
Jaylen Waddle had nine catches on his season best 137 yards and touchdowns, and the Dolphins tackled five sacks and three interceptions en route to a win over the Carolina Panthers 33-10 on Sunday.
“We look like the team we wanted to be on at the beginning of this year,” Tagoviloa said.
Miles Gaskin had two short runs for the dash for Miami (5-7), which became the sixth team in NFL history to immediately follow the start 1-7 with four straight wins. Duke Riley saved a penalty kick that led to Miami scoring.
The quarterback match was completely one-sided. Tagovailoa completed 27 of 31 passes for 230 yards and a hit. Newton withdrew in the fourth quarter after completing just five of 21 passes for the Panthers (5-7), who have lost for the seventh time in their last nine games.
Panthers coach Matt Roll said, “As it evolves or evolves, I have to say…I just think Miami beat us today, they beat us today. They were better than us today. It was just so simple for me.”
Newton finished passing 92 yards, with no touchdowns and interceptions. It all added up to a quarterback rating of 5.8, the worst of his career. He had a lone touchdown in Carolina, spinning a yard in the first quarter.
This was the only case for leopards.
“Nothing they did was out of the ordinary,” Newton said. “It wasn’t like we weren’t ready. It’s about execution.”
Gillan Phillips had three of the five dolphin sacks, and Nick Needham, Xavian Howard and Jevon Holland had interceptions for Miami.
Panthers 0-7 when allowed 21 or more points this season, 5-0 otherwise. And Dolphins had 21 on the board by the first half, thanks to a prohibited kick and two scoring drives.
Justin Coleman grabbed Riley’s blocking harness and sprinted from 2 yards to get Miami on the board. Waddle got a touchdown hold from Tagovailoa after one of Newton’s interceptions set up a 9-yard drive—Waddle actually punctuates him paddling in the end zone—and Gaskin scored on a straight shot to make it 21-7.
When Miami’s lead reached 27-10 in the third quarter, the Panthers’ defensive end Brian Burns ignited his teammates on the sidelines, a blistering speech caught on TV cameras.
If he hoped it would provide a spark, it didn’t.
“No one comes out and thinks they are going to lose or prepare to lose the game,” said linebacker Hasson Riddick, who was reported for an expensive penalty on the road as Miami led Gaskin 27-10 in the second round of TD.” Perhaps the fact that we lost is the reason of that “.
Newton was long gone by the end, and the Dolphins kept coming back after their disastrous eight-game start. They’ve earned 46 points in their past four games, and are now 16-7 in matches played in November, December and January in coach Brian Flores’ three seasons.
“Credit to the players, first of all,” Flores said. “I think these players communicate well, handle well, and perform. I think the coaching staff has done a good job, putting them in positions to bring success to the players.”
Tiger: Right-back Christian McCaffrey injured his ankle in the first half. JJ John Miller was eliminated from the match with an ankle injury.
Dolphins: Miami was without S Brandon Jones, due to knee and elbow injuries.
Lead and defects
When Miami led 30-10 in the fourth quarter, it was the first time the Dolphins had had a lead of 20 or more points since November 1, 2020, against the Los Angeles Rams. Carolina came in second with a 22-point lead over the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys earlier this season.
The Florida Panthers and the Miami Heat went out on Sunday without games or training for either team. That means it was football day. Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau was in the front row of seats at one end wearing a Dolphin jersey, while Heat center Pam Adebayo — a North Carolina native — was also at the game in a Dolphin hat.
Panthers: Bye week, then host Atlanta on December 12th.
Dolphins: Host the New York Giants on December 5th.
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