Dolphins Tease America Before Remembering Who They Are in Loss to Steelers – Sports Illustrated

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Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesAs T.J. Watt wrestled a 36-year-old Ryan Fitzpatrick to the ground late in the fourth quarter, ripping the ball out of his hands like an overeager Black Friday shopper getting rowdy for an Xbox, the immortal words of Dennis Green rang in the ears of every warm-blooded American who talked themselves into believing Miami might pull off the impossible.“THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!” Yes, the Dolphins are most definitely who we thought they were, as a 14-0 first quarter evaporated thanks to 27 unanswered points from the Steelers, who overcame a slow first half for a 27-14 win at Heinz Field on Monday night. But for 15 glorious minutes, the Dolphins looked like a real football team. Xavien Howard capitalized on a jittery Mason Rudolph for an early interception, one the Dolphins converted to seven points not long after. Their defense forced a turnover on downs, and Miami pieced together an 11-play, 63-yard touchdown drive on the next series. It was 14-0 Dolphins, 1:34 left in the first quarter. As the second quarter wore on and Pittsburgh only mustered a field goal in response, the seeds of hope began to blossom into full-blown belief flowers. Rudolph looked confused and hesitant, Miami’s defense was swarming and Fitzpatrick looked primed to turn in another vintage Fitzmagic-level performance (death by a thousand slants). But lost somewhere in all this was the simple fact

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