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Buccaneers defeat Dolphins for first win of season
- Updated: November 11, 2013
TAMPA BAY– Isn’t it ironic that Miami has had turmoil with their offensive line off the field, and that was their demise on Monday night?
The Dolphins offensive line gave up two consecutive sacks, and Ryan Tannehill threw a desperation Hail Mary at late in the fourth-quarter, which was intercepted by Darrelle Revis to seal the 22-19 win. Tannehill had two touchdowns to wide receiver Rishard Matthews, who finished the game with 11 catches for 120 yards, and the two scores.
The Dolphins were able to come back from an early 15-0 deficit, but could not get the complete comeback finished. The offensive line that has been under turmoil since last week’s bullying scandal, played a huge part in not only allowing their late collapse, but their failure to get a run game going, as the Miami Dolphins had a total of two yards rushing.
For the Buccaneers, running back Mike James went out early with a leg injury, and was replaced by Bobby Rainey, who scored a 1-yard touchdown, capping off an 80-yard drive, in the fourth quarter. That drive, propelled the Buccaneers defense to stand strong, and there are no more winless teams in the NFL.
Quarterback Mike Glennon went 11-21 for 139 yards, with his lone touchdown coming to offensive lineman Donald Penn.
The Buccaneers (1-8) will host the Atlanta Falcons next week, while the Miami Dolphins, searching for answers on and off the field, host the San Diego Chargers.
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