Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts

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Game Information
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 60,510

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Miami Dolphins suddenly put together a winning combination.

Their defense is forcing turnovers. Their offense is capitalizing on the miscues. And when they need a big stop they're getting those, too.

Ryan Fitzpatrick scrambled for an 11-yard touchdown run Sunday, the Dolphins converted three Colts turnovers into 13 points and the defense preserved a 16-12 victory at Indianapolis with a red-zone stop in the final minute.

"We created some turnovers and those are always big," coach Brian Flores said. "We are starting to come together. I think being able to overcome adversity is part of playing in the National Football League. We're starting to do that at a higher level now."

That's major progress for a team that opened this season with seven straight losses and finally ended a 10-game skid last week.

Now the Dolphins (2-7) have consecutive victories for the first time since December, the third time in two seasons and their first road win since September 2018. And while the old-school approach might not look aesthetically pleasing yet, it's certainly proving effective.

Miami won this one despite gaining only 229 yards and scoring one TD - courtesy of the nimble feet of the 36-year-old Fitzpatrick , who wasn't even sure he'd make it to the end zone.

"When I stepped up I saw a lot of daylight," Fitzpatrick said. "I was a little surprised I got all the way to the end zone, but I made it. So I still have a little bit of quickness I guess."

But the Colts didn't help themselves, either.

Brian Hoyer started in place of the injured Jacoby Brissett at quarterback and struggled mightily. Indy (5-4) gained only 300 total yards and while Hoyer completed just 18 of 39 passes with one touchdown and three interceptions, all of which led to Miami scores.

The first came when Steven Parker wrestled the ball away from Eric Ebron in the end zone and set up a 47-yard field goal.

The second set up Fitzpatrick's scoring run, and the third set up a 48-yard field goal that made it 16-12 after Adam Vinatieri missed his sixth extra point of the season - a miss that caused the Colts to need a touchdown when they reached the Miami 16-yard line with less than a minute to play instead of a tying field goal.

Hoyer took three chances at the end zone with all three falling incomplete. The fourth pass was an 8-yard completion to Eric Ebron on fourth-and-10, sealing Miami's victory.

"We had plenty of time and timeouts to go, so all of those passes we threw had underneath options," coach Frank Reich said after losing his second straight regular-season game for the first time since October 2018.

STAT SHEET

Dolphins: Have had six straight games without allowing 400 yards in offense. ... Fitzpatrick finished 21 of 33 with 169 yards, no touchdowns and one interception while Kalen Ballage ran 20 times for 43 yards. ... Miami earned its first win at Indianapolis since 2013.

Colts: Vinatieri tied Morten Andersen's league record for field goal attempts (709) when he made a 39-yarder with 38 seconds left in the third quarter. Vinatieri has made a league record 596 field goals in his career. ... Marlon Mack had 19 carries for 74 yards. ... Ebron caught five passes for 56 yards.

INJURY REPORT

Dolphins: Linebacker Jerome Baker left in the second half with what appeared to be an injured right knee. And the booth official told the refs to send Fitzpatrick to the sideline at the start of Miami's final series after he had a taken helmet-to-helmet hit on the previous series.

Colts: Running back Jordan Wilkins injured his ankle during the third quarter and did not return.

SALUTING FREENEY

Former Colts pass rusher Dwight Freeney became the 16th inductee into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime.

Freeney is second in franchise history with 107 1/2 sacks and was joined by a group of former teammates including Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James on the field.

"Before when I came out of that tunnel, when I was the last out of the tunnel, I had my helmet on, I was ready to go, I was ready to go in and attack somebody," he said. "Well this wasn't attack mode. This was more like, `All right Dwight, calm down. Remember what you're going to say.' It was a different feeling. It was a great feeling."

UP NEXT

Dolphins: Return home to face division rival Buffalo next Sunday.

Colts: Will try to win third straight division game this season when Jacksonville visits next Sunday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Colts
06:44 Jason Sanders 47 yd FG 3 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Colts
01:52 Ryan Fitzpatrick 11 yd run (Jason Sanders kick) 10 0

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Colts
07:50 Adam Vinatieri 25 yd FG 10 3
00:38 Adam Vinatieri 39 yd FG 10 6

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Colts
11:30 Jack Doyle 1 yd pass from Brian Hoyer (missed kick) 10 12
05:45 Jason Sanders 48 yd FG 13 12
03:31 Jason Sanders 48 yd FG 16 12

Team Stats
  Miami Indianapolis
1st Downs 13 19
Total Yards 229 300
Passing 159 191
Passing Completions/Attempts 21-33 18-39
Yards/Pass 4.4 4.8
Rushing 70 109
Rushing Attempts 26 29
Yards/Rush 2.7 3.8
Turnovers 2 3
Fumbles Lost 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 3
Possession 31:28 28:32

Miami Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Ryan Fitzpatrick 21 33 169 5.1 0 1

Indianapolis Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Brian Hoyer 18 39 204 5.2 1 3

Miami Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Kalen Ballage 20 43 2.1 0 7
Ryan Fitzpatrick 4 23 5.8 1 11
Patrick Laird 2 4 2.0 0 3

Indianapolis Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Marlon Mack 19 74 3.9 0 20
Jordan Wilkins 3 20 6.7 0 11
Nyheim Hines 3 14 4.7 0 7
Jonathan Williams 2 1 0.5 0 4
Brian Hoyer 2 0 0.0 0 1

Miami Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
DeVante Parker 5 69 13.8 0 21
Allen Hurns 2 32 16.0 0 18
Mike Gesicki 3 28 9.3 0 12
Jakeem Grant 2 15 7.5 0 12
Patrick Laird 2 15 7.5 0 9
Clive Walford 1 8 8.0 0 8
Kalen Ballage 4 2 0.5 0 3
Myles Gaskin 1 0 0.0 0 0
Albert Wilson 1 0 0.0 0 0

Indianapolis Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Eric Ebron 5 56 11.2 0 23
Jack Doyle 3 44 14.7 1 23
Chester Rogers 2 31 15.5 0 20
Nyheim Hines 4 30 7.5 0 12
Zach Pascal 2 26 13.0 0 23
Marcus Johnson 1 9 9.0 0 9
Marlon Mack 1 8 8.0 0 8
Mo Alie-Cox 0 0 0.0 0

Miami Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jerome Baker 7 1 1 13
Vince Biegel 5 0 0 0
Raekwon McMillan 5 0 0 0
Nik Needham 5 1 0 0
Eric Rowe 4 3 0 0
Charles Harris 3 1 0 0
Bobby McCain 3 0 0 0
Samuel Eguavoen 2 1 0 0
John Jenkins 2 0 0 0
Steven Parker 2 0 0 0
Taco Charlton 1 0 0 0
Davon Godchaux 1 2 0 0
Chris Lammons 1 0 0 0
Ryan Lewis 1 0 0 0
Christian Wilkins 1 3 0 0
Jomal Wiltz 1 0 0 0
Michael Deiter 0 0 0 0
Mike Gesicki 0 0 0 0
Patrick Laird 0 0 0 0
Durham Smythe 0 0 0 0

Indianapolis Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Darius Leonard 11 2 1 4
Khari Willis 7 1 0 0
Kenny Moore II 5 0 0 0
Rock Ya-Sin 4 0 0 0
Justin Houston 3 0 1 6
Bobby Okereke 3 1 0 0
Grover Stewart 3 1 0 0
Jabaal Sheard 2 1 1 0
Marvell Tell III 2 1 0 0
Clayton Geathers 1 0 0 0
Malik Hooker 1 2 0 0
Margus Hunt 1 0 0 0
Al-Quadin Muhammad 1 0 0 0
George Odum 1 3 0 0
Denico Autry 0 1 0 0
Ashton Dulin 0 0 0 0
Eric Ebron 0 0 0 0
Mark Glowinski 0 0 0 0
Zach Pascal 0 0 0 0
Anthony Walker 0 3 0 0

Miami Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Bobby McCain 1 32 0
Nik Needham 1 0 0
Steven Parker 1 0 0

Indianapolis Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Darius Leonard 1 1 0

Miami Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Indianapolis Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Miami Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Marcus Sherels 2 16 8.0 0 10

Indianapolis Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Chester Rogers 3 38 12.7 0 21

Miami Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Jason Sanders 3 3 100.0 48

Indianapolis Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Adam Vinatieri 2 2 100.0 39

Miami Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Matt Haack 5 227 55

Indianapolis Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Rigoberto Sanchez 4 172 54