The Dolphins started with the ball first after the Eagles won the coin toss and elected to defer. Bennie Logan made a great stop to force 3rd-and-long but Ryan Tannehill hit Lamar Miller on the wheel route for a big gain with Mychal Kendricks trailing in coverage. Miami moved into scoring range but Fletcher Cox came up with a big sack on third down to force the Dolphins to settle for a 42-yard field goal.
The Eagles' first offensive drive did NOT start out with a swing pass. Instead, Brent Celek caught a short pass and ran down the field for a 60-yard gain. After two DeMarco Murray runs in the red zone failed to do much, Sam Bradford rolled out to his right and threw across his body to find a wide open Josh Huff in the end zone. Great play by the quarterback to keep the play alive. For the first time all season, the Eagles actually scored on their first drive. Incredible.
Miami screwed up their kickoff return in a big way. The Dolphins returner muffed the ball and barely managed to get out of the end zone before being downed. Walter Thurmond crushed Ryan Tannehill (VIDEO) from behind to pick up the sack and fumble. The ball went out of the back of the end zone for the safety.
Philadelphia returned the free kick and put together another scoring drive without much difficulty. Ryan Mathews punched it in on a short run for the touchdown. The Eagles went 58 yards on 10 plays in three minutes and 35 seconds.
After missing a wide open Zach Ertz over the middle, Bradford hit Celek for another big gain to put the Eagles in field goal range. Caleb Sturgis missed a 32-yard chip shot to extend Philadelphia's lead. It looked like the snap by Jon Dorenbos wasn't good.
The Dolphins capitalized on their former kicker's miss by driving into the red zone and responding with a field goal of their own. Malcolm Jenkins had a catch to pick off Tannehill near the goal line but dropped it. Credit to the Eagles defense for bending but not breaking.
After a Jason Kelce penalty set the Eagles back, Philadelphia was forced to punt. Donnie Jones had his attempt blocked and the Dolphins took advantage. A few plays later, Tannehill found Miller for the touchdown. Yikes.
Things got even worse when the Eagles got the ball back. Bradford fumbled and the Eagles were forced to punt on 4th-and-27 from deep in their own territory. Fortunately for the Birds, their defense bailed them out with a stop and the Dolphins couldn't do anything.
The Eagles almost ended the first half with another disaster. Bradford threw a bad pass with less than a minute remaining and it was picked off by Miami. Fortunately for Philadelphia, Miami got called for roughing the passer. The Eagles managed to keep the ball and escape the first half with a lead.
The Eagles started the second half on offense. They picked up a few first downs but ultimately had to punt after Miles Austin dropped a perfect throw from Bradford for a would-be first down.
Kelce's struggles continued to haunt the Eagles in the third quarter with a bad snap on third down. Dennis Kelly managed to jump on the ball to prevent a Dolphins recovery.
Bradford left the game in the third quarter after getting lit up in the pocket. Mark Sanchez came in to replace him.
Tannehill hit a wide open Rishard Matthews to move the chains on third down. What would have been a moderate gain turned into a huge play when Chris Maragos accidentally tackled Byron Maxwell to allow Matthews to run into the red zone. From there, more hilarity ensued. Connor Barwin deflected a Tannehill pass so high that it went into the end zone and Landry actually caught it to give the Dolphins the lead. Incredible. That play just about sums up the 2015 Eagles season.
Sanchez almost hit Miles Austin with a really good touchdown pass up the seam but the receiver couldn't keep his second foot in-bounds. Then Sanchez hit Ertz with a touchdown pass but it was canceled out due to an off-setting illegal shift penalty. Sanchez nearly got Jordan Matthews killed with a hospital ball near the sideline. The pass catcher got wrecked by a Miami defender but ended up being OK. Sturgis hit a 37-yard kick to put the Eagles down by one point.
The Eagles looked to have some hope late in the fourth quarter. Sanchez put together a few nice passes to put the offense in the red zone. And then, to no surprise, Sanchez threw an interception in the end zone It looked like Austin also stopped running his route for some reason.
Philadelphia's defense came up with a big stop to give the Eagles one last chance with 100 seconds remaining. The Eagles picked up a first down. Then Sanchez targeted Austin and he wasn't even looking for the ball. After that, Murray dropped a screen pass. Ertz couldn't hold onto the throw on third down. To cap it all off, Sanchez threw short of the sticks on fourth down. Disaster.
Stay tuned for much more Eagles-Dolphins post-game coverage.