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Dolphins stop Indy comeback, hold on for 24-20 win

2013-09-15T17:49:00Z 2013-09-15T19:32:16Z Dolphins stop Indy comeback, hold on for 24-20 winMichael Marot AP Sports Writer nwitimes.com
September 15, 2013 5:49 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | This time, Ryan Tannehill was the one celebrating in Indianapolis.

And Miami's defense had Andrew Luck fuming.

The Dolphins' second-year quarterback matched his counterpart virtually throw-for-throw Sunday.

Tannehill did a better job managing his team's offense in the second half and cheered his defense after it thwarted yet another Colts' comeback bid to hold on for a 24-20 victory.

"I think he (Luck) did a good job," Tannehill said. "I don't really know what his numbers were, but from what I saw, he did a great job of moving around the pocket, but the defense really stepped up and made a play when it counted."

Tannehill was just better Sunday.

While the two quarterbacks finished with similar numbers — Tannehill was 23 of 34 for 319 yards and one touchdown, while Luck was 25 of 43 for 321 yards and one TD — the difference came down to managing mistakes.

Tannehill lost a third down fumble at his 39 in the third quarter, but all the Colts could get was a go-ahead field goal.

Luck, however, stopped one fourth-quarter scoring chance by forcing a deep throw to Reggie Wayne that was picked off by Brent Grimes in the end zone.

Luck had a chance to make amends after driving the Colts (1-1) to the Miami 23-yard line with 1:45 left in the game. Miami, however, forced three straight incompletions and refused to allow the suddenly elusive Luck to escape the pass rush on fourth down.

Luck, who has engineered eight fourth-quarter comebacks in 18 games, blamed himself for the loss.

"I guess I'm a little angry at myself," Luck said. "Again, credit to them, they put us in all these situations, but I feel like we are a better team than what we showed out there."

 

 

 

 

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