MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) – Pumped up Miami Dolphins fans left Sun Life Stadium on Sunday after beating the Houston Texans 44-26.
This is interim coach Dan Campbell’s second win in as many games since taking over the Fins, and his first win at home.
For many fans it proves Dan is the man to turn the team around.
“I’m ecstatic. This is what I live for,” said diehard Dolphins fan Devon Morrison. “I’ve been a Dolphins fan since birth so you know I’m always looking forward to it.”
Morrison and his buddies walked out of the stadium after the win excitedly holding up banners. They said they knew going into Sunday’s game that the Dolphins would win.
“The last game that we played there was just an intensity,” John Abreu told CBS4 reporter Donna Rapado. “It was just a whole new team. They were so enthusiastic it carried over into this game. And so that’s what we’re expecting for the rest of the season.”
Chris Mucha danced around the parking lot, unable to contain himself. Mucha believes he is the Fins good luck charm.
“I was there for the Dolphins today and I felt like they needed me,” he said. “Pretty much every time I come to the game it’s a win. So I’m gonna continue to come to the game.”
As the second half of the game started with Miami pummeling Houston 41-0, the NFL on CBS announcer said it best when he said Dan Campbell not only lit a fire under his team, he lit an inferno.
“That’s what Dolphins do,” said Morrison. “Once we get hot and the defense shows up it’s a general correlation.”
His buddy Steve Savain added, “if we had Dan Campbell from the beginning we would definitely be in a better position.”
Meanwhile, Houston fans left Sun Life Stadium a bit stunned, but stayed positive.
“That first half was brutal. Very brutal,” Mike Hicks of Houston explained. “But it turned around a little bit.”
His wife Nicole Hicks weighed in and said, “had we played in the first half how we played in the second half I feel we would’ve had a better chance.”
Self-described diehard Texans fan Canyon Perry said with a smirk, “at least we did good and stomped ’em in the second half. But it was a little too late.”
Perry’s friend from Houston pointed out, “but it was the first time Miami ever beat the Texans. There’s a first time for everything.” To which Perry added, “at least we have that stat, 7 and 1.”
As for Dolphins fans, they anxiously, but optimistically await Thursday’s game against the New England Patriots.
“If we can match this intensity come Thursday night I think Brady and the bunch is gonna have some problems,” said an excited Morrison.
The Patriots beat the New York Jets Sunday 30-23 and remained undefeated. The Dolphins play them Thursday night in New England.
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