A 49-yard fumble return touchdown by cornerback Xavien Howard was the exclamation point on a remarkable effort by the Miami Dolphins defense in a 22-10 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night .
Howard stripped Ravens wide receiver Sammy Watkins and recovered the loose ball, making his way through the Baltimore offense for the highlight of the night in Miami.
The Dolphins limited Baltimore to just 10 points and sacked Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson four times overnight. The Ravens had only managed 153 yards of total attack in the three quarters until they played from behind late. Baltimore scored in his first practice of the game from a 46-yard field goal from Justin Tucker and won’t score again until 4:12 left.
The Dolphins started the night with Jacoby Brissett in quarterback before a knee injury sidelined him early in the third quarter. Tua Tagovailoa, who was a substitute only Thursday night with a broken finger, was forced into the roster due to Brissett’s injury. But whether it was Brissett or Tagovailoa at the helm, the Dolphins offense wasn’t able to provide much support on the scoreboard until late.
Three times during the night, the Dolphins moved the ball inside the Baltimore 5-yard line just to get the practices to stall. The only offensive Dolphins player to find the end zone in the first 57 minutes of action was right guard Robert Hunt, who caught a screen pass from Tagovailoa intended for Myles Gaskin and scolded for a score of 6 years. However, Hunt was an ineligible receiver and the score wouldn’t count.
Jason Sanders converted 31, 22 and 29 yard field trials as the Dolphins took a 9-3 lead with 12:34 left.
Howard’s touchdown gave the Dolphins a 15-3 lead after a failed two-point conversion attempt. Baltimore finally found the end zone with just over four minutes to go when Jackson hit Mark Andrews for a 5-yard touchdown. The Ravens were the recipient of 35 penalty yards on the drive with two setter penalties and a defensive hold call aiding the effort.
A 65-yard finish from Tagovailoa to Albert Wilson on a busted Baltimore cover was the catalyst for Miami to freeze the away game. The fourth time proved to be the charm of the Dolphins offense inside the Ravens’ 5-yard line as Tagovailoa scored from a 1-yard quarterback to seal Miami’s victory.
Justin Coleman intercepted Jackson in the end zone with 43 seconds left to top Miami’s defensive effort.
Tagovailoa finished the night completing 8 of 13 passes for 158 yards and his 1 yard touchdown. Brissett completed 11 of 23 passes for 156 yards before leaving the game in the opening practice of the third quarter.
Jackson completed 26 of 43 passes for 238 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Baltimore.