NFL Game Notes: Solid Play, Plus A Miss Step, Fins Found Sunshine In PA For Win, 34-28


By: Barry Barnes, Founder/Senior Writer 

In a see-saw battle in snowy Pittsburgh, the sunshine boys in the Miami Dolphins got their footing and found warmth in their play making ability as they pushed the Steelers to the brink.

Due to step out of bound by Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown on a circus play in an attempt earn a game-winning touchdown with no time remaining, the Dolphins (7-6) held on for a solid win over the Steelers (5-8) to keep pace for a wildcard spot, 34-28. 

                     Game Notes by Courtesy of the Miami Dolphins

-Sunday’s victory by Miami at Pittsburgh (12/8) was the first win by the Dolphins in the series since a 21-0 decision on September 20, 1998. Pittsburgh now leads the overall series 13-12.

-The game time temperature for today’s contest at Pittsburgh (12/8) was 25° with light snow. The 25° was tied for the ninth coldest game that Miami has played in team history.

-Miami’s 34 points were the most the team has scored this season.

-Miami’s 181 rushing yards at Pittsburgh (12/8) was the highest mark of the 2013 season.

Ryan Tannehill/Google Images

Ryan Tannehill/Google Images

-Ryan Tannehill’s 48-yard run at Pittsburgh (12/8) was the longest of his career.

-Tannehill’s 48-yard run during at Pittsburgh (12/8) was the longest running play by a quarterback in franchise history. The second year quarterback surpassed Pat White’s 33 yard run at New England (12/8/09).

-Tannehill recorded his ninth multi touchdown pass game in his career at Pittsburgh (12/8). It was also Tannehill’s sixth multi-touchdown pass game of the 2013 season. This was also the second time in his career that he has three passing touchdowns in his career.

-Tannehill’s 95.5 passer rating at Pittsburgh (12/8) was the tenth time he had a rating of 90.0 or higher in his career. This was Tannehill’s highest passer rating of the season and third-highest total of his career.

-Brian Hartline scored a receiving touchdown at Pittsburgh (12/8) for the second consecutive game. Hartline now has a career high four touchdowns on the season. This was Hartline’s 10th career touchdown.

-Charles Clay recorded seven receptions for 98 yards at Pittsburgh (12/8). The seven receptions are tied for the most in his career and the 97 receiving yards are the second highest total in his career.

-With seven receptions for 97 yards at Pittsburgh (12/8), Charles Clay now has 61 receptions for 678 yards on the season. These are both the second highest totals for a tight end in team history.

-Clay had two receiving touchdowns in a single game for the first time in his career at Pittsburgh (12/8).

Charles Clay/Google Images

Charles Clay/Google Images

-Clay recorded his fifth and sixth receiving touchdown of the season at Pittsburgh (12/8). Clay’s six receiving touchdowns are tied for third most by a Dolphins tight end in team history.

-Daniel Thomas recorded his team leading fourth rushing touchdown of the season at Pittsburgh (12/8). It was his eight rushing score of his career.

-Thomas had 105 yards on 16 attempts at Pittsburgh (12/8). It was his second career 100-yard rushing game and the second most rushing yards in his career. His career high was a 107 yard rushing performance v. Houston (9/18/11). This was the most yards that Thomas has rushed for in a road game.

-Paul Soliai recorded his second of the season at Pittsburgh (12/8).

-With a sack at Pittsburgh (12/8), Cameron Wake now has 50.5 sacks in his career. He has the seventh most sacks in team history.

Google Images

Google Images

-Olivier Vernon recorded 1.0 sacks at Pittsburgh (12/8). He now has 11.5 sacks on the season. Vernon’s 11.5 sacks are the most by a Dolphins player other than Cameron Wake since the 2008 season when Joey Porter had 17.5 sacks.

-Vernon has recorded a sack in four consecutive games. During this four-game span, Vernon has 7.0 sacks.

-Vernon’s 15.0 sacks over his first two seasons are tied for second overall in team history for most combined sacks by a Dolphins player in his rookie and second season.

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