Miami Dolphins vs. Atlanta Falcons

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Game Information
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 70,593

ATLANTA (AP) Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins finally generated some offense.

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons totally fell apart.

The result: a stunning 20-17 victory for the Dolphins.

Cutler threw a pair of touchdown passes, Cody Parkey kicked a pair of field goals and Miami rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit, rekindling memories of Atlanta's epic collapse against New England in the Super Bowl.

And next up for the Falcons - a rematch against the Patriots.

"It's tough," Atlanta linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. said. "We experienced that feeling before in the Super Bowl."

Ryan, who had five interceptions in the two previous games, threw another crucial pick with the Falcons in position to at least attempt a tying field goal.

Cordrea Tankersley got a hand on a pass intended for Austin Hooper and Reshad Jones swooped in to make the game-clinching interception inside the 10 with 39 seconds remaining.

"I kept my eyes on the ball and made a great play," Jones said. "This was a huge win for us against a great offense."

The Falcons don't look so great at the moment.

Ryan is just one interception away from his total for all of last season, when he was the league's MVP.

"I understood we were in field goal range to tie the game. I also understood that we had plenty of time on the clock," Ryan said of the final possession.

"It was a throw I felt good about, so I let it rip. Just a good play by them. Sometimes, that's how it goes."

Parkey put the Dolphins (3-2) ahead for the first time with 2:30 remaining, booting a 38-yard field goal after a gutsy play by receiver Jarvis Landry, who was hit by six players but still managed to power ahead for a crucial first down.

Cutler, who struggled in his first four games as the Dolphins' fill-in starter after putting off retirement, completed 19 of 33 for 151 yards, including scoring passes to Landry and Kenny Stills. Jay Ajayi had a big game on the ground, rushing for 130 yards.

"We can't be satisfied with this game," Cutler said. "This is a one-week business."

The Falcons (3-2) appeared headed for an easy victory, especially against a team that had scored only three offensive touchdowns all season.

Marvin Hall, promoted a day earlier from the practice squad because of an injury to starting receiver Mohamed Sanu, hauled in a 40-yard touchdown with his first career reception . Tevin Coleman scored on a 6-yard run, and Matt Bryant had a 50-yard field goal.

Cutler failed to complete a pass longer than 12 yards over the first two quarters and was picked off by Deion Jones late in the half.

But the Dolphins totally turned things around in the second half, taking advantage of two huge mistakes by the Falcons.

"Today was the first time the offense kind of gave the defense a little hope," said Miami coach Adam Gase, whose team endured a tumultuous week after offensive line coach Chris Foerster resigned Monday when a video surfaced that appeared to show him snorting a white powder while sweet-talking a Las Vegas model.

A silly roughing-the-quarterback penalty on Grady Jarrett negated another interception by Jones deep in Atlanta territory, and Miami scored two plays later when Cutler flipped a 7-yard touchdown pass to Landry.

The Falcons also botched a punt with a snap that may have struck the up-back. Matt Bosher picked it up and was dumped far short of the first down, setting up the Dolphins to drive for Parkey's 49-yard field goal, which tied the game at 17 with 8 1/2 minutes remaining.

Miami opened the second half with its most impressive drive, a 15-play, 75-yard effort that ended with Cutler's 11-yard scoring pass to Stills .

"This one hurts," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. "For us to be the team we can be, we've got to be more consistent."

SECOND-HALF WOES

The Falcons have been outscored 72-40 after halftime this season.

That lack of a finishing touch has led to two straight home losses.

In their previous game, the Falcons squandered a 10-7 halftime edge against the Buffalo Bills and lost 23-17.

This was much worse.

Atlanta managed only 106 yards and five first downs in the second half. Ryan finished 24 of 35 for 248 yards, but just 97 yards came after halftime.

INJURY REPORT

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey went out in the second quarter with a possible concussion and didn't return.

UP NEXT

Dolphins: Return home to face the New York Jets for the second time this season. The AFC East rivals met in Week 2, with the Jets prevailing 20-6.

Falcons: Travel to New England for a primetime rematch against the Patriots, who rallied from a 28-3 deficit in the Super Bowl to win in overtime.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Falcons
09:41 Matt Bryant 50 yd FG 0 3
01:51 Marvin Hall 40 yd pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick) 0 10

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Falcons
05:29 Tevin Coleman 6 yd run (Matt Bryant kick) 0 17

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Falcons
06:17 Kenny Stills 11 yd pass from Jay Cutler (Cody Parkey kick) 7 17
01:32 Jarvis Landry 7 yd pass from Jay Cutler (Cody Parkey kick) 14 17

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Falcons
08:34 Cody Parkey 49 yd FG 17 17
02:30 Cody Parkey 38 yd FG 20 17

Team Stats
  Miami Atlanta
1st Downs 20 19
Total Yards 289 339
Passing 151 239
Passing Completions/Attempts 19-33 24-35
Yards/Pass 4.6 6.5
Rushing 138 100
Rushing Attempts 31 19
Yards/Rush 4.5 5.3
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Possession 34:24 25:36

Miami Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jay Cutler 19 33 151 4.6 2 1

Atlanta Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Matt Ryan 24 35 248 7.1 1 1

Miami Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Jay Ajayi 26 130 5.0 0 18
Damien Williams 4 9 2.2 0 5
Jay Cutler 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Atlanta Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Devonta Freeman 9 68 7.6 0 44
Tevin Coleman 9 32 3.6 1 20
Matt Bosher 1 0 0.0 0 0

Miami Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Jarvis Landry 8 62 7.8 1 11
Kenny Stills 4 49 12.2 1 18
Julius Thomas 3 22 7.3 0 12
Damien Williams 3 14 4.7 0 7
Jakeem Grant 1 4 4.0 0 4
Jay Ajayi 0 0 0.0 0
Leonte Carroo 0 0 0.0 0

Atlanta Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Julio Jones 6 72 12.0 0 18
Austin Hooper 7 48 6.9 0 11
Marvin Hall 1 40 40.0 1 40
Taylor Gabriel 4 39 9.8 0 13
Justin Hardy 3 34 11.3 0 22
Devonta Freeman 2 11 5.5 0 11
Tevin Coleman 1 4 4.0 0 4

Miami Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Lawrence Timmons 6 2 0 0
Reshad Jones 5 2 0 0
Bobby McCain 5 2 0 0
Kiko Alonso 4 1 0 0
William Hayes 3 0 0 0
Xavien Howard 3 1 0 0
Ndamukong Suh 2 1 1 5
Cameron Wake 2 0 1 4
Nate Allen 2 0 0 0
Andre Branch 1 0 0 0
Rey Maualuga 1 0 0 0
Jordan Phillips 1 1 0 0
Cordrea Tankersley 1 0 0 0
Michael Thomas 1 0 0 0
Walt Aikens 0 0 0 0
Davon Godchaux 0 1 0 0
Charles Harris 0 0 0 0
Senorise Perry 0 0 0 0
Vincent Taylor 0 0 0 0
Julius Thomas 0 0 0 0
Damien Williams 0 0 0 0

Atlanta Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Ricardo Allen 7 0 0 0
Keanu Neal 7 1 0 0
Deion Jones 6 5 0 0
De'Vondre Campbell 2 2 0 0
Robert Alford 1 2 0 0
Grady Jarrett 1 3 0 0
Takkarist McKinley 1 0 0 0
Dontari Poe 1 0 0 0
Brian Poole 1 1 0 0
Brooks Reed 1 3 0 0
Duke Riley 1 5 0 0
Derrick Shelby 1 3 0 0
Desmond Trufant 1 2 0 0
Vic Beasley Jr. 0 1 0 0
Matt Bosher 0 0 0 0
Adrian Clayborn 0 1 0 0
Derrick Coleman 0 0 0 0
Devonta Freeman 0 0 0 0
Kemal Ishmael 0 0 0 0
Joe Vellano 0 1 0 0

Miami Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Reshad Jones 1 15 0

Atlanta Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Deion Jones 1 1 0

Miami Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Kenyan Drake 2 35 17.5 0 23

Atlanta Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Andre Roberts 2 34 17.0 0 18

Miami Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jakeem Grant 1 8 8.0 0 8

Atlanta Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
No punt return stats.

Miami Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Cody Parkey 2 2 100.0 49

Atlanta Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Matt Bryant 1 2 50.0 50

Miami Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Matt Haack 2 80 42

Atlanta Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Matt Bosher 3 118 55