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AFC EAST: Dolphins rally from 17-0 deficit, stun Falcons 20-17 in Atlanta


AFC EAST: Dolphins rally from 17-0 deficit, stun Falcons 20-17 in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Jay Cutler threw a pair of touchdown passes, Cody Parkey kicked a pair of field goals and the Miami Dolphins rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit to stun the Atlanta Falcons 20-17 on Sunday.

Matt Ryan had another crucial interception with the Falcons in position to at least attempt a tying field goal.

Cordrea Tankersley got a hand on a pass intended for Austin Hooper and Reshed Jones swooped in to make the game-clinching interception with 39 seconds remaining.

Parkey put the Dolphins (3-2) ahead for the first time with 2:30 remaining, booting a 38-yard field goal after a gusty play by receiver Jarvis Landry, who was hit by six players but still managed to power ahead for a crucial first down.

Cutler, who struggled in his first four games as the Dolphins' fill-in starter after putting off retirement, completed 19 of 33 for 151 yards, including scoring passes to Landry and Kenny StillsJay Ajayi had a big game on the ground, rushing for 130 yards.

The Falcons appeared headed for an easy victory, building a big lead that looked even more comfortable against a team that has scored only three offensive touchdowns all season.

Marvin Hall, promoted a day earlier from the practice squad because of an injury to starting receiver Mohamed Sanu, hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass with his first career reception.

Tevin Coleman scored on a 6-yard run, and Matt Bryant booted a 50-yard field goal. Cutler failed to complete a pass longer than 12 yards over the first two quarters and was picked off by Deion Jones late in the half.

But the Dolphins totally turned things around in the second half, taking advantage of two huge mistakes by the Falcons.

A roughing-the-quarterback penalty on Grady Jarrett negated another interception by Jones deep in Atlanta territory, and Miami scored on the very next play when Cutler flipped a 7-yard touchdown pass to Landry.

The Falcons also botched a punt, the snap striking up-back Terron Ward when he appeared to slide over the path of the ball before it could get to Matt Bosher.

The punter picked it up and tried to run but was tackled far short of the first down, setting up the Dolphins to drive for Parkey's 49-yard field goal, which tied the game at 17 with 8 1/2 minutes remaining.

Miami opened the second half with its most impressive drive, a 15-play, 75-yard effort that ended with Cutler's 11-yard scoring pass to Stills.

Ryan, who has thrown six interceptions in the past three games, completed 24 of 35 for 248 yards.


Dolphins center Mike Pouncey went out in the second quarter with a possible concussion and didn't return.


Dolphins: Return home to face the New York Jets for the second time this season. The AFC East rivals met in Week 2, with the Jets prevailing 20-6.

Falcons: Travel to New England for a primetime rematch of that memorable Super Bowl against the Patriots, who rallied from a 28-3 deficit to win in overtime.

Dolphins offensive line coach resigns after drug video emerges


Dolphins offensive line coach resigns after drug video emerges

After video of Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster snorting white powder emerged, he has resigned and says in a statement that he'll focus on "getting the help I need."  Read more here from's Pro Football Talk.

AFC EAST: Cutler silences boos as Dolphins beat Titans, 16-10


AFC EAST: Cutler silences boos as Dolphins beat Titans, 16-10

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Jay Cutler finally silenced the boobirds with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass, and the Miami Dolphins overcame another dismal offensive showing Sunday to beat the Tennessee Titans 16-10.

The jeers started in the first quarter of the Dolphins' home debut, and soon the crowd was chanting for backup quarterback Matt Moore. But coach Adam Gase stuck with Cutler, who capped a 58-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry for the tiebreaking score.

The Titans played without quarterback Marcus Mariota, who was inactive because of a left hamstring injury suffered a week ago. Replacement Matt Cassel went 21 for 32 for 141 yards and was sacked six times.

Cutler went 12 for 26 for just 92 yards, but the Dolphins improved to 2-2 while the Titans fell to 2-3.

Miami came in ranked last in the NFL in points and yards per game, and struggled against a Titans team that allowed 57 points against Houston a week ago.

Miami's only TD in the first three periods was scored by safety Reshad Jones on a 38-yard fumble return when the other players on both teams apparently thought the play had ended with an incomplete pass. The Titans didn't chase Jones, and the officials didn't initially signal a score.

The Dolphins won despite totaling just 178 yards. They tried the wildcat in the second quarter, and even that flopped - tight end MarQueis Gray took the snap, faked a handoff and threw incomplete.

The Titans couldn't get out of their own way, either. A 59-yard touchdown reception by Delanie Walker was negated by a pass interference penalty on Jonnu Smith.

Tennessee's DeMarco Murray managed only 58 yards rushing. Jones recovered Murray's fumble to set up an early Miami field goal, and a fumble by Jay Ajayi led to the Titans' first score on a field goal.

Cassel's best moment came when he drove the Titans 69 yards for a tying touchdown to start the second half. Backup tight end Phillip Supernaw caught an 11-yard pass for his first career touchdown.