1:00 PM ET, September 15, 2013
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
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.
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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.
"It's nice to win and that's the important thing no matter who we are going against. It's nice to win," Tannehill said.
"I think he (Luck) did a good job, 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.
It was a stark contrast from a year ago, when the two first-round draft picks met as rookies.
Luck stole the show that day by throwing for an NFL rookie record 433 yards and two scores as he delivered a three-point win.
In Sunday's meeting, with a chance to show everyone how much he and the Dolphins (2-0) had progressed, Tannehill was the winner.
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 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.
All Tannehill had to do then was pick up one first down, kneel down once and shake hands with the guy he's been following since they were Texas high school stars.
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."
The Dolphins, meanwhile, couldn't have been happier.
They started fast, jumping to a 14-3 lead after two possessions, rallied twice and shut down the Colts when they needed, too.
High-priced free-agent Mike Wallace was a little happier with his performance Sunday, finishing with nine receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown a week after making only one catch in his Miami debut.
Lamar Miller averaged nearly 5 yards per carry, running 14 times for 69 yards and a touchdown. Charles Clay had five catches for 109 yards and only one carry -- a 1-yard TD run with 4:40 left in the third quarter, which turned out to be the game's decisive score and stood up to a replay review.
That, and a staunch defense late was enough for the Dolphins to hold on.
"You have to be balanced to win football games. You can't really win a football game by just throwing the whole game," Wallace said. "You have to mix it up."
The Dolphins didn't shy away from trading jabs, especially after Indy piled up 315 yards of offense in the first half, their highest first-half total in seven years.
The Colts finished with 438 yards, but couldn't put Miami away after taking a 17-14 lead in the first half and a 20-17 lead early in the third quarter after Tannehill's fumble.
But Miami made all the big plays after that -- the 34-yard completion from Tannehill to Wallace that set up Clay's rushing score, the third down conversions to keep Luck & Co. off the field and the two big fourth-quarter stops.
"Our guys wanted to play them, we wanted to compete," Miami coach Joe Philbin said. "They were ready for a 60-minute game and we knew we would have to make some plays to win."
Indy lost left guard Donald Thomas in the first quarter with a torn quad tendon that is likely to end his season. The Colts also played the second half without Darius Heyward-Bey, who injured his ribs. ... The Dolphins snapped a four-game losing streak in this series. ... Luck had the NFL's longest active streak with 165 straight passes without an interception before Grimes picked him off. ... Miami scored 14 points in the first quarter for the first time since 2011, a span of 25 games. ... T.Y. Hilton had a career-high 124 yards receiving on six catches for Indy.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 15: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts warms up before the start of the NFL...(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.0||6.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-3||2-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||9:49||Mike Wallace 18 Yard Pass From Ryan Tannehill (Caleb Sturgis Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 58 yds, 2:19
|FG||4:12||Adam Vinatieri 30 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 12 plays, 69 yds, 5:36
|TD||3:01||Lamar Miller 10 Yard Run (Caleb Sturgis Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 80 yds, 1:13
|TD||13:07||Coby Fleener 3 Yard Pass From Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:53
|TD||1:31||Ahmad Bradshaw 1 Yard Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 78 yds, 1:16
|FG||0:02||Caleb Sturgis 54 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 7 plays, 44 yds, 1:26
|FG||11:40||Adam Vinatieri 38 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 6 plays, 19 yds, 2:22
|TD||4:45||Charles Clay 1 Yard Run (Caleb Sturgis Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 69 yds, 2:27
Ryan Tannehill was 8-of-9 passing more than 10 yards downfield Sunday, picking up 209 of his 319 passing yards on those throws. Andrew Luck did not have the same success stretching the field, throwing one fewer completion on 11 more attempts. - Tannehill was 3-of-3 targeting Mike Wallace more than 10 yards downfield after the duo went 1-of-4 last week. - Luck was 1-of-4 for 18 yards and an interception targeting Reggie Wayne deeper than 10 yards downfield. Sunday marked the first time in Luck's career he didn't connect with Wayne on multiple attempts at least 11 yards downfield.[+]
Passing More Than 10 Yards Downfield, Week 2
Miami's Mike Wallace had a 18-yard touchdown catch against the Colts. It was Wallace's 30th career TD reception of at least 10 yards. Since 2009, that is the most in the NFL.
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