The Dolphins nearly escaped Arizona with a victory, but a late rally by the Cardinals plus two turnovers by Ryan Tannehill led to Miami’s second-straight overtime defeat.
With 2:51 left in regulation, Tannehill fumbled the ball while being taking down by Arizona linebacker Daryl Washington. The ball was recovered by Cardinals defensive end Vonnie Holliday giving Arizona a chance to tie the game, with the score 21-14 in favor of the Dolphins.
Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb didn’t disappoint. Despite being sacked twice during the next drive, he led his squad 51 yards down the field to send the game into overtime – courtesy of a touchdown catch by Andre Roberts.
Arizona had the ball first in overtime but failed to get a first down, giving Miami a chance for the win. With the game in his hands and heavy pressure coming from Arizona’s defense, Tannehill threw a wobbly pass while being pulled down. That pass was intercepted by free safety Kerry Rhodes giving the Cards another opportunity with great field position.
Kolb would then take his offense 19 yards to set up a 46-yard field goal kick by Jay Feely to claim the 24-21 victory. Kolb finished 29 of 48 for 324 yards, three touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
In addition to a fumble, Tannehill also threw two interceptions. It was unfortunate considering the record day he had. Tannehill put up 431 passing yards, which is the most by a rookie quarterback on the road.
Miami receiver Brian Hartline also set a franchise record catching 12 passes for a whopping 253 yards and a touchdown. Hartline’s 80-yard touchdown catch in the fourth, undoubtedly cemented him as Miami’s best receiver. Hartline was sidelined during the preseason with a leg injury, which makes his performance not only in this game but this entire season more noteworthy. Through four games, Hartline has 455 receiving yards. He’s on pace to smashing his career-high for receiving yards in a season, which is the 615 he racked up in 2010.
Despite giving up crucial late points, Miami’s defense had some great moments in the game. Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake had a career-high 4 and a half sacks for an Arizona loss of 30.5 yards. Koa Misi had 1.5 sacks while Jared Odrick and Karlos Dansby accounted for the other two to give Miami a total of eight.
Miami cornerback Sean Smith had two interceptions. One of those picks came on a diving catch, while going out of bounds in the end zone. Smith also had 2 pass deflections.
With the victory, Arizona remains one of only three unbeaten teams left which also includes the Falcons and Texans.
The loss drops the Dolphins to 1-3. Next week they head to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals in a 1 p.m. matchup.