MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – Matt Ryan passed 336 yards, almost half of them going to rookie tight end …
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -Matt Ryan passed 336 yards, nearly half of them going to rookie tighter than Kyle Pitts, and Younghoe Koo scored a 36-yard field goal as time ran out to give the Atlanta Falcons a 30-28 victory over the Miami Dolphins Sunday.
The Pitts had seven catches for 163 yards, the last 28 of them on a sideline route with just under 2 minutes left to get the Falcons in field goal area. Koo’s third field goal of the game saved Atlanta after the Falcons wasted a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage captured touchdown passes to the Falcons (3-3). Ryan completed 25 of 40 passes.
Tua Tagovailoa threw 291 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, the last of which went to Mack Hollins with 2:27 left to Miami, who have fallen six in a row. Tagovailoa completed 32 of 40 passes and had two interceptions – both of which led to Atlanta scores.
Mike Gesicki, Myles Gaskin and Isaiah Ford had the other touchdown receptions for Miami (1-6).
The Dolphins were down by six early in the fourth quarter when Xavien Howard removed a catch from Ridley and then correlated the ball on his left hip for an interception as he fell to the grass. That gave Miami the ball at Atlanta 32 and a chance to regain the lead.
But at Miami’s subsequent play, Tagovailoa tried to force the ball to Jaylen Waddle. Falcons linebacker Foyesade Oluokun made an easy wicket and returned the ball 56 yards to Miami 14. Three games later, Cordarrelle Patterson ran in from the 3 and the Falcons were up 27-14.
Tagovailoa’s 7-yard pass to Gaskin made it a one-point game again, covering a 90-yard drive. After another Atlanta turnover midway through the fourth, Tagovailoa found the Hollins to give the Dolphins the lead.
They just could not hold it.
Tagovailoa – who he has in three of his four starts this season – started on a roll. He was 7 of 8 in 52 yards on Miami’s opening run, 4 of 4 on third downs and limited possession with a 10-yard scoring throw to Ford.
Like it was the Dolphins up 7-0. It also ended with Miami’s highlights in the first half. A red-zone interception by Tagovailoa helped Atlanta take a 13-7 lead at halftime.
Falke went three-and-out on their first possession and then scored on their next four. A three-play, 77-yard drive to open the second half was limited by a 49-yard touchdown pass from Ryan to Gage that made it 20-7 Atlanta.
Falke: Ridley was shaken in the third quarter after being hit while trying to get a catch over the middle and was squeezed in between two defenders. S Erik Harris left in the fourth quarter.
Dolphins: LB Jerome Baker (knee) and RB Malcolm Brown (quad) were lost in the first half with injuries. S Jason McCourty (foot) back in the second half.
For the second week in a row, the Dolphins almost got a turnover from a broken punt. Michael Palardy’s kick to Atlanta’s Olamide Zaccheau’s late in the third quarter on Sunday hit the ground and then sprayed against Falkenes’ return and came very close to brushing his lower body. Officials determined the ball did not touch him, as was the case last week about a gruesome similar game in Miami’s loss to Jacksonville.
Atlanta’s 20 points in a row — from 7-0 to 20-7 — marked the fifth time in the last six games that Miami gave up at least as many points without scoring.
STARS WERE OUT
Tennis standout Coco Gauff, a resident of South Florida, was at the game. Such were several members of the undefeated Florida Panthers – including Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar and Aaron Ekblad.
Falcons: Host Carolina next Sunday, the same day Atlanta would host Game 5 of the World Series.
Dolphins: Visit Buffalo next Sunday and try not to get knocked off the bills for the seventh time in a row.
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