The Jaguars held an advantage in total yards, first downs and
time of possession, but the two key pick-six returns more than
offset those categories. Jacksonville rookie quarterback Blake
Bortles has now thrown 12 interceptions in the six games he's played
since coming in at halftime of the game against the Indianapolis
Colts. Four of the interceptions have been returned for touchdowns.
But while Bortles suffered through another rough outing, the
Dolphins offense also struggled. Miami went three-and-out on its
first three possessions and didn't pick up its initial first down
until there was less than four minutes remaining in the first half.
The second half was better as the Dolphins accumulated 270 yards of
offense and scored 17 points, including one of their two
"You have to give Jacksonville's defense credit, they were playing
fast, they were playing well," Miami coach Joe Philbin said. "We
didn't talk about this team's record this week, we talked about
watching their film the last three weeks. They're averaging giving
up 13 points the last three weeks.
"It's not easy to win on the road. It's our third win in a row. I
thought our guys hung tough. Let's face it, it wasn't overly pretty,
especially on offense. It was a little bit of a struggle. I'm not
going to say it wasn't, but at the end of the day, our defense gave
up one touchdown and offensively, we made a couple of plays in the
second half. We have to do better without a doubt."
After a scoreless first quarter, safety Louis Delmas stepped in
front of a pass intended for Jaguars tight end Nick Jacobs at the
19-yard line. Delmas had nothing but an open field ahead of him and,
accompanied by three teammates, covered the 81 yards for the
touchdown on the first play of the second quarter.
"I was latched on to the receiver on the play. I turned and looked
into the eyes of the quarterback and he was looking our way. When I
saw that he was under pressure I came off the receiver and went for
the ball. It was easy to score from there as I had a lot of
teammates with me running interference to the end zone."
Both teams added a field goal later in the quarter to give the
Dolphins a 10-3 halftime lead.
Jacksonville had multiple opportunities to put up more points in the
half. The Jaguars reached the Miami 30 on their first possession,
but a Josh Scobee field goal was blocked. On their next possession,
the Jaguars advanced to the Dolphins 28 where a 46-yard field goal
by Scobee was good, but the Jaguars were called for holding,
nullifying the kick.
Jacksonville then marched to the Miami 23 when Bortles threw the
costly interception. After a Scobee 30-yard field goal produced
their first points, the Jaguars got inside the Dolphins' 30 for a
fifth consecutive series, but Bortles fumbled on a scramble and
Delmas recovered at the 23.
Bortles made another costly mistake in the opening series of the
second half. He underthrew wide receiver Cecil Shorts, with
cornerback Brent Grimes making the interception and going untouched
to the end zone from 22 yards out for the score.
It marked the first time that the Dolphins returned two
interceptions for touchdowns in the same game since December 6,
1998, against Oakland when Zach Thomas and Robert Jones had
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Bortles said he wasn't rattled from his three turnovers.
"I really didn't feel all that rattled. I made a couple mistakes
obviously with the two interceptions and then a lack of focus on the
fumble, getting tripped," he said. "But I felt fine. We were moving
the ball. It's fun when we're running the ball the way we were, but
the interceptions were mistakes. Give credit to them, they were also
two really good plays by them. So I've just got to try and get rid
Miami's offense finally found the end zone late in the third
quarter. Starting from their own 5-yard line, the Dolphins used a
50-yard completion to wide receiver Mike Wallace and a 30-yard run
by running back Lamar Miller to get inside the 5-yard line. Dolphins
quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who completed 16 of 29 passes for 196
yards with one touchdown and one interception, then hooked up with
wide receiver Rishard Matthews from three yards out for the
Tannehill finished 16-of-29 for 196 yards with one touchdown and one
interception. But he expressed disappointment in the way the offense
played, especially in the first half.
"Offensively, we didn't perform up to our standards in any phase of
the game," he said. "The defense played well, defense made plays.
Sometimes that's how it works out. I'm not happy about how we played
"They did a good job of getting pressure, but we didn't execute up
front. We didn't play well, we couldn't get the ground game going.
We got ourselves in long-play situations through sacks and we can't
have that happen. We can't depend on the defense to make the big
plays and score points, that's our job. That's what we get paid to
Jacksonville's only touchdown came in the fourth quarter when
Bortles found open wide receiver Allen Robinson for a 48-yard
scoring play. It was Bortles' sixth touchdown pass to go with his 10
NOTES: Jaguars starting RT Luke Joeckel went out with possible
concussion in the first half and did not return. Miami LG Daryn
Colledge went out in the third quarter with a similar injury and did
not return ... Midway through the second quarter, the Jaguars held a
199-4 advantage in total yards ... Jacksonville RB Denard Robinson
rushed for 108 yards and became the first Jaguars back to have
back-to-back 100-yard rushing games since RB Maurice Jones-Drew did
it in 2011 ... When Miami QB Ryan Tannehill connected with WR
Rishard Matthews for a 3-yard touchdown pass, it ended a streak of
28 consecutive series in which the Jaguars defense had not allowed a
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