Dolphins win epic, twice delayed, opener over Titans

Sherman Parsons
September 11, 2018

The Tennessee Titans lost the longest game in National Football League history, but the injury to their starting quarterback was the biggest story in Miami on Sunday. Coming back from knee surgery, he played for the first time in 21 months with mixed results. But it wasn't just me, it was a total team effort.

Miami's Jakeem Grant won the longest game with the longest play.

Add to that the Titans are recovering from the league's longest game since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970 because of two lightning delays that made the matchup in Miami last 7 hours, 8 minutes from the opening kickoff to the final second ticked off. Guys had their cleats off, socks off, jerseys, trousers - it was get ready to go and go play in 10 minutes.

Tannehill hit Stills for a 75-yard touchdown to give Miami a 24-10 lead.

Gase was especially unhappy about a third-quarter brawl after defensive tackle Jordan Phillips stood over injured Titans tackle Taylor Lewan and appeared to taunt him following Jones' first interception.

"We just had a post route on and the corner was sitting outside and used our speed", Stills said. NFL Network reports that he suffered a dislocated ankle and associated fracture, likely ending his season. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him".

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The game was stopped twice, on either side of halftime, for a total of almost four hours due to lightning. The teams went to the locker room during the delay and stayed on the field for halftime, which was shortened to three minutes.

"If that's legal, then we have to do it the same exact way", Vrabel said. "And I'm going, 'We're playing a game.' I think it was 5 o'clock".

"I'm going to do whatever the coaches want". Ryan completed 20 out of 28 attempts for a 71% completion rate, passed for 230 yards and scored two touchdowns in the air.

"I left a lot out there", Tannehill said. Jackson hurt his shoulder on a 26-yard punt return. They also showed good balance between the running game and the passing game.

The Titans face Houston in their home opener next Sunday.

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