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Five Finteresting Facts: Dolphins Stun Ravens on Thursday Night Football

by Mike Ferguson

Photo courtesy of Miami Dolphins

Don’t look now, but the Miami Dolphins have won consecutive football games.

The Dolphins improved to 3-7 on Thursday night with a 22-10 victory over the previously 6-2 Baltimore Ravens at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami collected the win just four days after snapping a 7-game losing streak.

The Dolphins will now get set to visit the New York Jets. Before they do, here are five “Fin”teresting facts from Thursday’s upset victory:

1. Nifty 150

On Thursday night, both Jacoby Brissett and Tua Tagovailoa saw time at quarterback for the Dolphins. The two combined for 314 yards passing with each throwing for more than 150. It marked the first time in 28 years that Miami had two players pass for more than 150 yards in the same game. It was previously done by Scott Mitchell and Steve DeBerg in a 47-34 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 19, 1993.

2. Can’t Spell Dolphins Without “D”

The most impressive phase of the game from Thursday’s victory for the Dolphins was the defense. Through three quarters, the Dolphins only allowed a field goal. The 10 points scored was the fewest points scored by Baltimore all season as the Ravens finished with 304 yards of offense, 2-for-14 on third down and with two turnovers.

During Miami’s winning streak, the Dolphins have allowed just 19 total points. That’s the fewest over a 2-game stretch since last season when they allowed just 10 total points in consecutive wins over the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals.

3. Seven Without Giving Up Six

The Baltimore Ravens finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter on Thursday night as Lamar Jackson found tight end Mark Andrews for a 5-yard touchdown. Miami did not allow a touchdown in the previous week’s 17-9 win over the Houston Texans. The seven quarters without allowing a touchdown was the longest streak for the Miami defense since December 2012 when it equaled that feat in consecutive wins over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills.

4. Big Plays Lead to Big Win

Entering Thursday’s contest, Miami didn’t have a single play this season that went for at least 50 yards. On Thursday night, it had two and both came courtesy of busted coverages. The first came late in the first half when Brissett found Isaiah Ford for a gain of 52 yards. That would ultimately set up a field goal.

In the fourth quarter, Tagovailoa hit a streaking Albert Wilson, who raced for a gain of 64 yards. That would set up a Tagovailoa sneak for the game-clinching touchdown — Miami’s only one offensively.

5. Losing Streak to Balti-No More

Entering Thursday’s contest, the Miami Dolphins had lost three straight to the Ravens by a combined score of 137-16. That streak fell by the wayside on Thursday night as the Dolphins beat Baltimore for the first time since a 15-13 win in South Florida on Dec. 6, 2015. The starting quarterbacks in that one were Ryan Tannehill for Miami and Matt Schaub for the Ravens.

Mike Ferguson is the managing editor for Fifth Quarter. Be sure to follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeWFerguson. Follow all of Mike’s work by liking his Facebook page.