Let’s take a look at the stats first:
Stats in Dolphins favor:
- Dolphins were better on 3rd down efficiency 4-12 vs Rams 3 for 13
- Dolphins had zero turnovers vs Rams 1 (although it seemed they turned it over frequently)
- Dolphins had 3 sacks to the Rams 2 (only a 3 yard difference in yards lost)
- Dolphins were only called for 5 penalties vs 12 called on the Rams (significant)
- Lengthen of punts. 54 vs Rams 45 (hurt Rams in field position)
- QB Rating (Tanehill was more accurate than Bradford)
Stats in Rams favor
- Rushing yards (Ram held Dolphins to 18 yards)
- Yards gained per rush
- Passing yards
- Yards gained per pass
- Total Yards gained
- Average gain per play
- Time of possession
- First Downs
The Rams out performed the Dolphins, but at times were sloppy, made penalties and mistakes at crucial moments, and were unproductive when it counted (mostly in the first half). In spite of this, had the Rams star field goal kicker (Zuerlein) made his missed attempts (52 yards and 37 yards out) in the first half, the Rams would have been in a position to win the game at the end.
The Dolphins’ first drive of the third quarter was unimpressive, but effective. The drive consisted of mostly short yardage passes and ended with a 1 yard TD pass to Fasano. The TD brought the score to 17-6 Dolphins. The Rams defense did their job for the rest of the 3rd quarter holding the Dolphins to 2 very short possessions. The Rams offense moved the ball to mid field on their 2 possessions, but had to kick it away.
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