The Miami Dolphins snapped a month long losing streak on a Halloween edition of Thursday Night Football, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime. It’s about time TNF delivered with a back and forth high competitive game.
The 22-20 victory was just the third time in the history of the NFL that a game ended in a safety. Defense wins championships, or so they say, and tonight the Dolphins not only had the safety, but also three interceptions against a top contender in the Bengals.
It took a blown two touchdown lead by Miami and then a blown 17 unanswered point response by Cincinnati to get there, but overtime was exciting throughout.
Bengals rookie running back Gio Bernard provided the highlight of the night despite the fact that his team lost in the fourth quarter. Taking a toss to the right, he was immediately stuffed, only to somehow escape from doom five yards behind the line of scrimmage to reverse course to the left. After hitting the left sideline, he followed Andy Dalton as a lead blocker. After that failed he cut horizontally to the right and weaved his way between two more defenders, and barely kept his balance to front flip into the end zone.
Both teams traded field goals inside two minutes and we were headed for overtime.
Once the extended period began, defenses took over. Neither team could get anything going with the ball in their hands. When the Bengals offense looked like it had something going, they stalled out just outside of field goal range and punted the ball away.
An interference call on a deep ball intended for Mike Wallace put the Dolphins in business, however they stalled out and instead pinned the Bengals deep in their own territory.
Enter Cameron Wake on third and l0ng. Wake came through and drilled Dalton at the goal line and ended the game in strangest of fashion.
A walk off safety for the first time since 2004. Imagine a walk off bunt to win the World Series, that’s about as strange as this ending felt.
A good win for the Dolphins, who now find themselves at 4-4 and within striking distance of a struggling Patriots team in the AFC East.