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The Miami Dolphins usually only look fraudulent against teams with winning records, but they changed that up Monday.
The 5-8 Tennessee Titans picked up their first road win of the season with a 28-27 victory at Hard Rock Stadium. Making the result even more unbelievable was the fact the visitors essentially handed the Dolphins two free touchdowns in the fourth quarter with critical mistakes and still overcame a 14-point deficit in the final three minutes to earn the win.
Miami fell to 9-4 with its first home loss of the season and saw an opportunity to move into the AFC’s No. 1 seed slip right through its fingers.
The offense was stagnant for much of the game, which was partially due to Tyreek Hill being in and out of the lineup because of an ankle injury. That excuse can only go so far against a Titans team playing out the string of a lost season, though, as Tua Tagovailoa was sacked five times and lost a fumble during a poor showing.
Social media had plenty to say about Miami’s overall effort:
nick wright @getnickwright
Unfortunately, the Dolphins *actual* MVP wasn’t out there/right the whole game, and all of a sudden the operation grinds to halt.
Very similar to situation out West when the team’s *actual* MVP caliber players aren’t out there.
Some of this stuff is so easy to see when you look https://t.co/8vaOBNnO6s
Marcel Louis-Jacques @Marcel_LJ
De’von Achane can’t get out of bounds and Tua is sacked on 4th and 2. The Titans will win this game.
Possibly the worst loss of the Mike McDaniel era — the Dolphins had a greater than 99% chance of winning with 3:59 remaining, per @NextGenStats
Neal Driscoll @NealDriscoll
One of the worst losses in 20 years. Shame on Tua. Shame on McDaniel. Shame on this team
Ryan DePaul @RyanDePaul
Tua with the ultimate choke-job when it mattered most.
Don’t you ever talk about any other QB in crunch time. My GOD.
How do you lose this game? 👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/mmGalv5acd
Mark Jackson’s Burner @casualtakeking
If everything isn’t perfect next too Tua he folds with all due respect
Brett Kollmann @BrettKollmann
Two minutes of game clock ago, the Dolphins had a 98.6% chance of winning. pic.twitter.com/QpuYCTOtEm
Joe Orrico @NoExpertFF
Tua when he’s not up 50 points and can’t hand the ball to Achane every play: pic.twitter.com/wzZAFSK9Y0
Chris Joseph @byChrisJoseph
Not a great feeling that I had no faith Tua wouldn’t pull it off and have it come true
It seemed like the Dolphins were going to luck themselves into a win when Eric Garror muffed a punt in a tie game with fewer than seven minutes remaining. That led to a Raheem Mostert touchdown on a short-field drive, as did a fumbled pitch play from Will Levis to Derrick Henry on Tennessee’s next possession.
Just like that, a tie game turned into a 14-point Dolphins lead in the final minutes.
It should have been enough for the win, but the defense went missing in action and allowed a nine-play, 75-yard drive that took fewer than two minutes and ended with a DeAndre Hopkins touchdown and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine two-pointer.
One three-and-out later from the listless Dolphins offense, and the Titans got the ball back and marched right down the field to score what proved to be the game-winning touchdown on a Henry run.
Miami still had one more opportunity to win it but showed little urgency and eventually turned it over on downs in a fitting ending to a game where the offense was largely nonexistent save for two short-field drives after the Tennessee mistakes.
The Dolphins’ only other touchdown came on a Zach Sieler pick-six in the first half.
They will look to turn things around when they host the New York Jets in their next matchup.