LANDOVER (CBSMiami/SportsDirect) – It wasn’t the way they drew it up but the Miami Dolphins got what they needed most out of their Week 1 game.
Jarvis Landry’s 69-yard punt return propelled the Dolphins to a 17-10 victory over the Washington Redskins in Sunday’s opener for both teams.
Washington responded by driving to the Miami 29, but Dolphins cornerback Brice McCain intercepted a Kirk Cousins pass intended for wide receiver Pierre Garcon at the 2-yard line. The Redskins’ final series came up short at the Miami 20 with 2:17 left.
Miami, which trailed 10-0 late in the second quarter, opened the second half with quarterback Ryan Tannehill (22-of-34, 226 yards, one touchdown) losing a fumble while being sacked by Washington linebacker Preston Smith.
The Dolphins got the ball back again at their own 20 with 1:47 left in the third quarter. After four straight gains of at least 11 yards, they began the fourth quarter on Washington’s 20. Miami had first-and-goal at the 3 but settled for rookie Andrew Franks’ tying 22-yard field goal with 11:34 remaining.
Miami’s defense then forced Tress Way’s punt, which Landry caught and raced up the middle for a touchdown with 10:22 to go.
The Redskins broke on top 3-0 after the opening drive. Running back Alfred Morris (25 carries, 121 yards) carried six times for 35 yards and Cousins (21-of-31, 196 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions) completed two passes to tight end Jordan Reed for 21 yards during the series, which was capped by Kai Forbath’s 45-yard field goal.
Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher stopped Dolphins running back Lamar Miller for no gain on third down to force a punt on Miami’s first series. Washington followed by driving from its 23 to the Miami 2. However, Forbath was wide right from 46 yards on a field goal attempt after coach Jay Gruden opted against going for it on fourth-and-1.
The Redskins’ next series ended when Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes intercepted a Cousins pass for Reed on third-and-18 at the Miami 23. On the next play, the Dolphins lost tight end Dion Sims with a concussion after he dived for Tannehill’s pass in the end zone.
Miami coach Joe Philbin went for it on fourth-and-1, but linebacker Ryan Kerrigan stopped running back Damien Williams for no gain.
Washington’s offense responded by marching 88 yards in 17 plays for the game’s first touchdown, a 4-yard pass from Cousins to Reed with 1:49 left in the half for a 10-0 lead.
Completions of 27 and 13 yards to tight end Jordan Cameron, 11 to receiver Greg Jennings and 12 to receiver Kenny Stills put Miami on the Washington 3 with 39 seconds remaining before halftime.
Receiver Rishard Mathews beat Redskins cornerback David Amerson for the touchdown that made it 10-7 at the break.
NOTES: Redskins WR DeSean Jackson exited with a left hamstring injury suffered on a deep throw from QB Kirk Cousins on the first play of the second series. … Redskins SS Duke Ihenacho followed suit after injuring his left wrist while tackling Miller on Miami’s second series. … QB Robert Griffin III was the inactive third-stringer after starting Washington’s previous three openers.
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