While the starters failed to impress in their time in the game, it was the backups that led the team to the come from behind win.
Both the starting offense and defense were ineffective against the Falcons starters, as Chad Henne failed to get anything going until the Falcons backups came in, and the Dolphins defense was shredded by the dual threat of Matt Ryan and Michael Turner.
While the starters were not scheduled to play more than a drive or two in the first quarter, Henne and the rest of the offense hiked out onto the gridiron to start the second quarter as well. Henne’s first three drives ended prematurely, so head coach Tony Sparano had no choice but to let Henne try and get something going.
Henne’s stat line for the first quarter: 1-5 for 5 yards and two interceptions. While Henne finished 4-8 throwing for 77 yards and a touchdown along with the two interceptions, the majority of the yardage came against the backups, as well as the 44 yard touchdown toss to Brian Hartline.
But the ineffectiveness of the Dolphins offense cannot solely lie on Henne’s shoulders, as the running game never got going either. Rookie Daniel Thomas ran for only 5 yards on four carries. The rest of the running game only amassed 63 yards also.
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