Dolphins take Raiders to overtime, but come up short

Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin making a play. Photo Courtesy of Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins lost to the Raiders in Las Vegas Sunday after an 11 point fourth quarter by the Fins took the game into overtime.

Miami lost 31-28 after coming back to tie the game in the final seconds of regulation. This was the second time in three weeks the Raiders have played in an overtime game. They also managed to beat the Baltimore Ravens 33-27 in week one. Dolphins fall to 1-2 for the year while the Raiders remain undefeated at 3-0.

Miami struck first when linebacker Elandon Roberts intercepted Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr and ran 82-yards for a pick-six. The next score in the game came after the Dolphins defense forced a turnover on downs on the Raiders 34-yard line. Malcolm Brown ran for 24 yards to score a touchdown and put Miami up 14-0. 

Las Vegas punched the ball on their next offensive drive, but a great special team’s play pinned Miami near their own end zone. In the next play for the Fins, quarterback Jacoby Brissett threw a screen pass to wide receiver Jaylen Waddle who was instantly tackled in the end zone by Raiders defensive back Casey Hayward for a safety.

Next, Las Vegas managed to score a field goal to make the score 14-5. Miami punted on the next series and the Raiders went 95 yards down the field, scoring with a 1-yard touchdown pass to bring the game to 14-12.

The Dolphins got the ball back with little time before halftime, quickly moved the ball 46 yards and attempted a field goal from 48 yards out. But the ball ricocheted off the upright as time expired.

In the third quarter, Miami only had 26 yards of offense, while Las Vegas garnered 139 yards. The Raiders completed a 12-yard touchdown pass from Carr to wideout Hunter Renfrow.

They scored again in the fourth quarter as running back Peyton Barber ran the ball into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown. But place-kicker Daniel Carlson missed the extra point, making the game 25-14.

Miami then hit a field goal to bring the game within a touchdown and a two-point conversion. After a three-and-out from Las Vegas, the Fins had little time remaining in the game. A pass interference penalty in the end zone against the Raiders allowed the Dolphins to get the ball on the 1-yard line. 

On their first play in front of the goal line, the Fins went with a wildcat play to tailback Malcolm Brown that lost a yard. Then they reran the wildcat formation to Brown, this time for no gain. On third down, Brissett scrambled for one yard to set up a fourth and = 1. With the game on the line, Brissett managed to rush for the touchdown. A short pass to receiver Will Fuller completed the 2-point conversion, which tied the game 25-25 and sent it into overtime.

The Raiders won the toss and drove down the field, but the Miami defense held them to a field goal. 

The Fins were eventually pushed back to a third and 20, then threw an incomplete pass down the middle to wideout Devante Parker. On 4th and 20, again with the game on the line, Brissett found tight end Mike Gesicki for a 27-yard pass play. Miami scored a field goal from the Las Vegas 32-yard line. 

Finally, the Raiders completed a pass to receiver Bryan Edwards for 34 yards, and a big run play by Barber went 27 yards. Las Vegas kicked another field goal to end the game, 31-28.

Notable Dolphins Stats:

Jaylen Waddle: 12 receptions, 58 yards.

Mike Gesicki: 10 receptions, 86 yards.

Myles Gaskin: 65 rush yards.

Jacoby Brissett: 32/49, 215 yards, 1 rush TD.

Brandon Jones: 6 tackles, 2 sacks.

Alex Vargas is a digital journalism major at Florida International University. He enjoys watching sports and reading about the latest news. He makes a valiant effort to provide the best coverage of a story.