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The drive that saved the Dolphins season, for now

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Down 17-0 Sunday with their offense once again putting forth a putrid half of football, things were bleak. So bleak, that you wondered would QB Jay Cutler finally be heading to the bench in favor of trying veteran Matt Moore, as a spark?

Then, almost out of nowhere, it happened.

The 2017 sputtering Cutler led Dolphins snapped out of it.

Boy, did they snap out of it.

And when they did, they proceeded to out play the Atlanta Falcons in the second half holding the defending NFC Champs scoreless in their own building, as Miami rallied for a dramatic 20-17 win.

Coming out of the locker room at Mercedes Benz Stadium for the third quarter, the Dolphins had completed another two quarters without a touchdown. Thus, bringing their dubious tally to three whole TDs in the previous 15 quarters.

Frankly, there was not much hope that it was going to suddenly change.

Yet, for the Fins, it did.

Facing third and two from their own 33 yard line, right away, Cutler hit Kenny Stills for an 18 yard catch and run on the right side and a much needed shot in the arm.

That third down conversion got them started. And, when RB Jay Ajayi picked up the next first down on a second and one, and then Cutler the third first down of the drive on a third and four pass to Damien Williams, Miami had momentum.

It would continue, when after being stymied on third and short at the Falcons 17 yard line, coach Adam Gase decided to gamble and not kick the field goal. It paid off with another Cutler to Williams connection for the first down.

Drive continues into the Red Zone.

And, then, eventually this:

Jay Cutler’s 212th TD pass of his career wasn’t his all time most significant.

But in terms of the Dolphins and their punchless offense of the first five games this season?


Kenny Stills hauling in that toss (photo above) capped a 75 yard drive in 15 plays and got Miami back on their feet.

You know the rest from Sunday in a dramatic 20-17 Dolphins comeback win.

Amazingly, for all the bad offense leading up to this comeback, the Fins record now sits at 3-2.

And look, we don’t know, if what they did to rally in the second half in Atlanta will sustain. It may not.

But know this: despite what Gase had said all week or previously in recent weeks, Cutler’s inept/ineffective leading of the offense was about to give his coach no choice but to turn to Moore to jump start a drive or two.

That never happened Sunday. That’s because, almost out of nowhere, a talent loaded Miami offense finally put it together, got six points, got back into and eventually, won the game.

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