Dolphins come back for wild 34-28 win over Steelers

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For a guy who never played in much snow, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill isn’t bad at it.

Tannehill outdueled Ben Roethlisberger in a wild second half to lead the Dolphins to a 34-28 win at Pittsburgh.

The Steelers nearly won the game as time expired, as Antonio Brown went out of bounds at the 13-yard line to kill the hopes of a multiple-lateral finish. After the ball went through the hands of several Steelers players, Brown found a seam, and was celebrating in the end zone when officials conferred and determined he had stepped out.

The win moves the Dolphins to 7-6, pushing them to the top of the AFC sixth-seed pack. The Steelers fell to 5-8, ending any practical chance at the playoffs.

Tannehill was 20-of-33 for 200 yards and three touchdowns, hitting Charles Clay for his second touchdown of the day in the fourth quarter for control of a game that saw the lead change hands four times in the second half.

Roethlisberger was solid throughout the day, but the Dolphins made defensive stops when it counted, and thanks to Brown’s left foot, were able to hang on.

65 responses to “Dolphins come back for wild 34-28 win over Steelers

  1. 6-6 warm weather Miami, Florida based team DESTROYS pittsburgh steelers in the snow in pittsburgh.


  2. tomlin doesn’t hang out on the field when his team’s players are running down the sidelines.

  3. Oh my goodness , what a game. I was sure Brown was gone for the touchdown . . . it’s about time something went Miami’s way.
    Meanwhile , the referees just handed New England a gift win on a ridiculous call . . . the Browns got “Chicagoed” . . . whenever the Bears are at home in a tight game , a critical penalty is almost always called against the visiting team in the final seconds . . . that’s how the haves stay on top and the have nots keep losing . . . parity ? It’s a myth.

  4. Incredible game. Reminded me why I love football. Snow, numerous lead changes, great individual effort (Hartline’s TD catch and Palomalu’s cone-leap). Just a great, great game.

  5. Too bad the steelers had to play the 9th ranked PASS Defense in the NFL instead of the 30th ranked Minnesota PASS Defense.

  6. Best Dolphins win all year. On the road, in the cold, they won a very physical football game.

    And @winorlose6burgh: Antonio Brown stepped out, and it could not have been any more clear. But if it makes you feel better, replay would likely have ruled that Big Ben’s lateral was a forward pass, so it didn’t really come down to that anyway.

  7. Hats off to the Dolphins, you got a real gamer there at fullback! As a Steeler fan this was a tough game to watch, but I gotta give credit where credit is due.

    The Dolphins won this one, and look to have a decent pair of wideouts for the first time since, well, uh, I was a lot younger *blush*

    As shocking as this sounds to all of us, is anyone else as gobsmacked as I am to see the Browns leading the Patriots in the 4th quarter?


    Now pardon me while I go look for a small bridge to toss myself off of to pass the time until the 2014 draft.

  8. That was not a enjoyable last few seconds I swear if I was older I would have had a heart attack, I have never seen anything like that before since the Titans did it in a playoff game against I think the Bills but this was against my team and it seem to go on for at least 10 minutes. WOW ! Fair play Steelers.

  9. Too bad Tomlin blew one of the timeouts and then still went ahead with that idiotic decision to go for it on 4th and 10 from their own 10 yard line.
    What was he thinking? Costing the team a draft choice last week, costing them a win this week.
    The guy obviously isn’t a scholar.

  10. The defense couldn’t hold the lead. A number of dropped passes. Couple badly timed penalties. Not sure why Brown couldn’t stay inbounds on that last wild play, but I am sure the footing was treacherous.

    This just wasn’t our year. Too many injuries, too many mistakes. It happens. In any event, I love the Steelers, win or lose. Thanks guys. There are some young players like Bell, DeCastro, Heyward and Worilds that look like potential studs.

  11. Was flipping between the Steeler game and Raven game. That last 5 had to be the most depressing minutes I’ve had in a long time.

    Spoiler role.

  12. ghostrider45 says:
    Dec 8, 2013 4:40 PM

    But… but…. but…. we have 6 rings…..suxburgh stealers.

    * * * *

    But, the fact is the Steelers do have 6 rings. No need to apologize for that fact. But, can’t hog all the glory every year, ya’ know. Parity. Let other fans have their fun! Who, knows, one day your team may also win a Super Bowl! Maybe.

  13. Steelers at 5-8 are done, and the bengals are coming to town to put a bullet in ya lol WHO DEY!!!!

  14. Was a fun game to watch just hope the refs get fined for a couple of really bad explanation calls.

  15. Real pleased with the Dolphin win. That said why does Philbin call a timeout with 1 second left on that final field goal? Why waste it when you are only pushing the kicker back a measly 5 yards?

  16. I was kind of rooting for the fins because I want them to get the 6th seed instead of Baltimore.

    Good game by the Dolphins. Now if only Baltimore didn’t luck out again…and if only the refs didn’t job the Browns, I would be a happy NFL fan.

  17. Yes ravens fans, the steelers suck so bad. The ravens have proven this year that they are only slightly better than those terrible steelers. In fact the only difference between the two teams is the ravens get every break and the steelers don’t.
    And it was also nice to see Jacoby jones bail out your 4 int…errrr I mean 3 int $20 million QB again.

  18. Congrats to the Dolphins on the win. Admirable job, especially considering the weather conditions. Now if you’ll please just sit in that #6 wildcard spot and keep the riff raff out 😉

  19. johntonioholmes says: Dec 8, 2013 5:15 PM


    Yeah, they really could have used another 3-pick game from their qb too.


    Should have been four except that last one was wiped out by a phantom PI call.

  20. Steelers. Done.

    So where are the typical irritants that proclaim they are marching toward the Super Bowl now?

    Losers. And not because your team is below average this year. And you have a storied history. The problem is you only surface when they win and then run your mouths about how great they are.

    Where. Are. You. Now? Chirp, chirp.

  21. Great game! What football is all about. He clearly stepped out of bounds but either way Big Ben’s lateral was a forward pass by at least 2-3 yards, so it would not stand anyway. However, if you truly believe the Refs blew this game in any way… Go watch the end of the Pats-Browns. What an absolute bunch of cr@p!

  22. Did Miami get that little bit of time wasting just right so not to draw attention to themselves when they sacked Big Ben on third down because I would have been furious if I was a Steelers fan, you must have lost about 10 seconds with us running the ball into the end zone.

  23. That’s karma for you. Between last nights pathetic Penguins performance by all of their gutless turds and now this, a loss at home in the snow to a team from Miami. Where was the Rooney rule poster boy when Antonio needed him to steer him off the sideline? Can’t wait til contract time when Ben treats the Rooneys the same way he does a drunken broad in a ladies room.

  24. The Steelers and Ravens had more fans in the stands even in weather that’s snowing and wind chills in teens. The Dolphins deserves to have their fans to show up. Very disappointing to see so many empty seats in Miami all year.

    Football, Ravens and AFC North fan who now lives in Vero Beach. The weather here today was 82, water 79 and beautiful at the beach today.

  25. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 8, 2013 5:40 PM

    6 rings is all that matters. Everyone else dwells in our immense shadow.
    The past is a safe spot for those who are afraid to move forward.

  26. @colv …

    My heart’s belonged to the Steelers for 35 years, but I’m a Native Floridian suffering heat stroke after trying to hook up my Christmas lights in 80something heat. Bah-humbug to this weather in December. When I was a kid, we actually had cold snaps for the holidays 😦

  27. If it went to replay It wasn’t the out of bounds the killed the play it was rothlisberger’s illegal forward lateral

  28. My feeling is the Steelers will tinker with the team this offseason. I think a lot of the coaches will be safe this year. But if this same crap happens 3 years in a row and it all blows up in the Steelers face, no one will be safe. Major changes will be made to the team and heads will roll. Next year is put up or shut up time.

  29. ohnnyb1976 says:
    Dec 8, 2013 5:08 PM
    Steelers at 5-8 are done, and the bengals are coming to town to put a bullet in ya lol WHO DEY!!!!

    I have news for you bud. That bullet was put in last week. WHO DUH. LOL

  30. Hey tokyo, here’s some advice: if you’re going to trash a team for only having 6 lombardi’s, you should root for a team that isn’t stuck on 4.

  31. steelersaregodsteam says:
    Dec 8, 2013 5:40 PM
    6 rings is all that matters. Everyone else dwells in our immense shadow.


    LOL, first we have to hear about finishing the season 12-2 eeeeevery week TILL……….they lost that 3rd game.

    Next we hear about some march to the Super Bowl. Now that they are 5-4 on that “March”, 5-8 for the season, what do we get?

    We get that you would rather live in the past, rather than the present.

    I be honest, I use to like Pittsburgh (as long as them winning did not hurt the Chiefs) but your statements have pretty much made me start to cheer against them.

  32. deb, crown, and the rest. can you guys please beat the bengals next week so we can take a break from drrustbelt and his useless statistical analysis

  33. I have been called one of the most open-minded and level-headed Steelers fans by other fan bases. The past ten years have been wonderful; being in almost every game and having success and luck on our side.

    But when Polamalu couldn’t make a tackle to save a late game Touchdown…

    It signaled “The End.”

    Some athletes are great because of their physical gifts. work ethic and determination; not solely successful for their cerebral abilities and film study. Polamalu uses his instincts and athletic ability to be a great defensive player.

    I am sure he could go on and play for three or four more years in an “Ed Reed” style by playing in coverage as a ball hawk. Judging by his inability to change his style of play to a more selective use of his craziness, maybe not try to hit a home run on every play, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

    I will get angry responses saying how well Troy is playing this year and I would agree he is playing well. But that doesn’t excuse his #$%$ poor play and over aggression that has caused a number of scores that lost games this year for the Steelers.

    I don’t mean to pick on Troy, but the whole group of Troy, Clark and Ike Taylor may not need to go, but need to be replaced by some younger talent and not have the success of the defensive solely on their shoulders.

    It was a great run and I am glad they have fought so hard this year.

  34. @scoobies05 …

    I’d love to 🙂

    @justamoguy …

    It blows my mind that you guys can’t tell steelersaregodsteam isn’t a real Steelers fan. He’s a guy riffing on Steelers fans. He’s making fun of us. I mean, yeah, some of our fans can be obnoxious, but no one is that obnoxious. His posts are satirical.

  35. Too bad the ref that wasn’t there last time they played was there to hand steelers the game like last time they played.

  36. Brown was trying to avoid that last tackler and his momentum carried him too close to the line and ‘bink’ it’s over. Seems like a fitting end to the season, actually. Like Brown, the Steelers just couldn’t keep it going straight ahead.

    The Steelers have played hard all season, but just don’t have ‘it’ this year. I think they deserve a nice round of applause for making an a pretty darn good effort.

    Looking ahead a bit:
    -Cameron Heyward is now and is going to be a force to be reckoned with on the D-Line.
    -Jason Worilds is getting better and better and could replace LaMarr Woodley next season.
    -Le’Veon Bell is starting to arrive and it will be interesting to see if he can take it to the next level (providing the O-Line gives him more to work with)

    Bottom Line: Disappointing season, but the younger guys are showing up-side. Maybe the Steelers are turning a corner which means next season could be very interesting. Here’s hoping.

    Oh, I almost forgot; Fire Haley.

    “Here We Go Steelers! Here We Go!”

  37. thegenoatkinsdiet says:
    Dec 4, 2013 8:17 AM
    Steelers are four days away from 5-8.

    I know of which I speak… and I love being right.

  38. all the blowhards come out when the steelers lose and disappear when they win. funny to see all the haters out in full force. that’s what 6 lombardis do to people!!! hahahahahaha

  39. Hey bobzilla, how’s that fine tuned Steeler defense, at home, in the snow ? Offense puts up 28 and still isn’t good enough to win.

  40. doctorrustbelt says:
    Dec 8, 2013 4:42 PM
    Too bad the steelers had to play the 9th ranked PASS Defense in the NFL instead of the 30th ranked Minnesota PASS Defense.

    Well, we beat the fins already this year so. . .

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