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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Miami Dolphins Outlast Pittsburgh Steelers

December 8th, 2013 at 7:39 PM
By Mark H. Stowers

It's a win. The first one by the Dolphins in the series with the Steelers since 1998. That was a 21-0 win but the Steelers still lead the overall series 13-12. So much for a warm weather team not flourishing in the cold. With a game time temperature of 25 it was the ninth coldest game that Miami has ever played in. Here's a list:

COLDEST GAMES IN DOLPHINS HISTORY, ALL-TIME

DATE                    TEAM                  W/L       SCORE  CONDITIONS

12/21/08              at KC                     W           38-31    10°, sunny

12/11/77              at NE                     L             10-14    14°, clear

12/12/82              at NE                     L                 0-3         22°, snowy

12/8/85                at GB                    W           34-24    23°, cloudy

12/18/88              at PIT                    L             24-40    23°, overcast, light snow

12/3/89                at KC                     L             21-26    23°, clear

12/27/92              at NE (OT)            W           16-13    23°, clear

12/20/79           **at PIT                      L             14-34    24°, hazy and clearing

12/1/02                  at BUF                  L             21-38    25°, snowy

1/1/06                  at NE                     W           28-26    25°, cloudy

12/8/13               at PIT                      W           34-28    25°, light snow

**Playoff Game

NOTE: Coldest game in Miami was 12/24/89 vs. Kansas City (27-24 win by Chiefs): 40° and clear.

The Good:

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

·        Dannell Ellerbe, Jason Trusnik and Mike Wallace served as today’s game captains.

·        With a successful challenge at Pittsburgh (12/8), Miami is now 6-for-6 in coaches challenges this season.

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

The Good continued: Rushing yards were an all time season high:

TOTAL OFFENSE, MIAMI DOLPHINS 2013

DATE                    OPP                       RUSH

12/8/13               at PIT                         181

10/31/13              vs. CIN                     157

0/27/13                at NE                        156

12/1/13                at NYJ                      125

10/20/13              vs. BUF                    120

9/30/13                at NO                       115

11/17/13              vs. SD                      104

9/15/13                at IND                      101

9/22/13                vs. ATL                      90

11/24/13              vs. CAR                     52

110/6/13              vs. BAL                      22

9/8/13                  at CLE                        20

11/11/13              at TB                            2

Even the QB got some yards:

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

 

RYAN TANNEHILL CAREER LONG RUSHES

DATE                    OPP                       LONG

12/8/13               at PIT                          48

12/23/12              vs. BUF                     31

12/16/12              vs. JAX                     30

9/30/13                at NO                        26

12/9/12                at SF                         20

 

  • Ryan 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). What no Marino here?…lol

 

LONGEST RUSH BY A MIAMI DOLPHINS QUARTERBACK

PLAYER                                DATE                    OPP              LONG

1. Ryan Tannehill             12/8/13               at PIT                       48          

2. Pat White                        11/08/09              vs. BUF                 31

4t. Jay Fiedler                     10/01/00              at CIN                     30

 4t. Ryan Tannehill             12/16/12              vs. JAX                   30

 

Tannehill finds three scoring TDS:

  • Ryan 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.

 

RYAN TANNEHILL MULTI-TOUCHDOWN GAMES, CAREER

DATE                    OPP                   TD

10/20/13              vs. BUF                3

12/8/13               at PIT                    3

12/1/2013           at NYJ                   2

11/11/2013         at TB                     2

10/27/2013         at NE                     2

9/22/2013           vs. ATL                  2

12/23/2012         vs. BUF                 2

12/16/2012         vs. JAX                  2

10/14/2012         vs. STL                  2

 

·        Ryan 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.

 

RYAN TANNEHILL HIGHEST PASSER RATING, SINGLE GAME

DATE                    OPP                       RTG

12/16/12              vs. JAX                  123.2

10/14/12              vs. STL                  112.0

12/8/13               at PIT                         95.5

9/22/13                vs. ATL                      94.5

11/25/12              vs. SEA                     97.1

12/2/13                at NYJ                       94.2

12/23/12              vs. BUF                     93.8

10/31/13              vs. CIN                      92.6

10/7/12                at CIN                       92.3

9/16/12                vs. OAK                    91.0

11/4/2012           at IND                        90.9

 

·        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.

 

CHARLES CLAY MOST RECEPTIONS, SINGLE GAME

REC        OPP                       DATE

7             at PIT                    12/8/13

7             at NYJ                   12/1/13

6             vs. SD                    11/17/13

6             vs. SEA                  11/15/12

5             at IND                       9/15/13

4             vs. BUF                 11/20/11

 

CHARLES CLAY MOST YARDS, SINGLE GAME

REC        OPP                       DATE

109        at IND                       9/15/13

97          at PIT                       12/8/13

90          vs. SD                    11/17/13

84          vs. SEA                  11/25/12

80          at NYJ                      12/1/13

 

  • 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.

 

TOP FIVE MIAMI DOLPHINS TIGHT ENDS, RECEPTIONS

YEAR     PLAYER                          REC

2004      Randy McMichael             73

2006      Randy McMichael             62

2013      Charles Clay                     61

2005      Randy McMichael             60

1994      Keith Jackson                    59

 

TOP FIVE MIAMI DOLPHINS TIGHT ENDS, SINGLE SEASON RECEIVING YARDS

YEAR     PLAYER                         YARDS

2004      Randy McMichael             791

2013      Charles Clay                     678

1994      Keith Jackson                    673

2006      Randy McMichael             640

1994      Keith Jackson                    613

2003      Randy McMichael             598

 

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

 

MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS BY A DOLPHINS TIGHT END

PLAYER                               YEAR     TD

1.  Anthony Fasano                 2008      7

   Keith Jackson                      1994      7

3.Charles Clay                        2013      6

    Keith Jackson                      1993      6

      Jim Mandich                       1974      6

5.    Anthony Fasano                 2011      5

      Bruce Hardy                        1986      5

      Bruce Hardy                        1984      5

      Keith Jackson                      1992      5

       Randy McMichael                 2005      5

        Larry Seiple                         1969      5

 

·        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.

·        Daniel 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.

 

DANIEL THOMAS MOST RUSHING YARDS, SINGLE GAME

DATE                    OPP                       ATT       YDS

9/18/2011           vs. HOU                    18          107

12/8/13               at PIT                        16          105

9/25/2011           at CLE                       23          95

12/4/2011           vs. OAK                    13          73

 

·        Miami has registered at least one takeaway in each of their 13 games during the 2013 season.

·        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.

 

MOST SACKS, TEAM HISTORY

PLAYER                                YEARS                  SACKS

1. Jason Taylor                   1997-2011                  131.0

2. Bill Stanfill                         1969-76                         67.5

3. Doug Betters                    1978-87                         65.5

 4. Vern Den Herder            1971-81                          64.0

5. Jeff Cross                        1988-95                          59.5

6. Trace Armstrong            1995-2000                       56.5

7. Cameron Wake              2009-13                          50.5

8t. Bob Baumhower           1977-86                           39.5

8t. Kim Bokamper               1977-85                          39.5

10. A.J. Duhe                      1977-84                        38.5

11. Manny Fernandez        1968-75                          35.0

 

·        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.

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

 

OLIVIER VERNON LAST FOUR GAMES

DATE                    OPP                    SACKS

11/17/13              vs. SD                    1.0         

11/24/13              vs. CAR                 2.0         

12/1/13                 at NYJ                   3.0         

12/8/13                 at PIT                    1.0                         

 TOTAL                                              7.0                         

·        Olivier 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.

 

MOST COMBINED SACKS BY A DOLPHINS PLAYER IN HIS ROOKIE AND SECOND SEASONS

PLAYER                                ROOKIE SEASON           2ND SEASON                    TOTAL

1. Bryan Cox                       2.0 (1991)                            14.0 (1992)                          16.0

2. A.J. Duhe                        7.0 (1977)                            8.0 (1978)                            15.0

   Olivier Vernon               3.5 (2012)                            11.5 (2013)                          15.0

3. Bill Stanfill                       8.0 (1969)                            6.0 (1970)                            14.0

   Jason Taylor                    5.0 (1997)                            9.0 (1998)                           14.0

6. Lorenzo Bromell            8.0 (1998)                            5.0 (1999)                              13.0

7. Doug Betters                 4.0 (1978)                            8.0 (1979)                              12.0

8. Vern Den Herder          1.0 (1971)                            10.5 (1972)                            11.5

     Marco Coleman             6.0 (1992)                            5.5 (1993)                            11.5

10.Kim Bokamper              2.5 (1977)                            8.0 (1978)                            10.5

 

The ugly:

R.J. Stanford, Ankle Questionable, First Quarter

Lamar Miller, Concussion, Out, Third Quarter

 

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