MIAMI GARDENS – An emotional
implored his old team to “win the second half” after being inducted into the team’s Honor Roll.
obeyed his command, holding on for a 17-14 win over the
before a crowd of 52,983 at
The outcome wasn’t secured until Rams rookie
missed a potential game-tying field goal from 66 yards. The rookie sixth-rounder from Missouri Western had the distance but missed wide left, his third miss of the day after starting his career with 15 straight makes.
Back home for the first time in three weeks, the Dolphins evened their record for the second time this season with a second straight win. They enter the bye week at 3-3 and feeling confident about their future prospects.
The Rams, in their first season under coach
, dropped to 3-3 overall and 0-3 on the road.
Fisher, who turned down the Dolphins coaching job in January, dropped to 3-8 all-time against the Dolphins.
A 1-yard sneak by
, who added the two-point conversion pass to
, pulled the Rams within 17-14 with 8:30 remaining.
The Dolphins built a 17-6 lead with a 10-play, 62-yard march on the opening drive of the second half.
went 7 for 8 passing on the drive for 53 yards, capping it with a 1-yard touchdown toss to tight end
off a play fake to fullback
That was Tannehill’s second touchdown pass of the day. His first covered 29 yards to backup wide receiver
with 5:27 left in the first half.
added a 42-yard field goal after the Rams fumbled the ensuing kickoff.
caused it and
recovered at the Rams’ 25-yard-line.
Two more field goals by Rams rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein, making him 15 for 15 on the year, gave the Rams an early 6-0 lead.
However, Zuerlein missed from 52 and 37 yards in the second quarter to keep the Dolphins close.
The Rams were able to run on the league’s top rushing defense. Rookie
broke off a 44-yard run in the first quarter that was easily the longest against the Dolphins third season.
By halftime the Rams had 137 rushing yards, 44 more than the previous high for a full game against the Dolphins this year (Jets in Week 3).