MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami/AP) — In the words of Miami Dolphins fable and Hall of Famer Jason Taylor, the Miami Dolphins “blew up the scoreboard” successful the its 37-17 triumph implicit the Falcons astatine Hard Rock Stadium connected Saturday night.
Taylor was calling the preseason game, alongside CBS4’s Steve Goldstein and Kim Bokamper.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw for 187 yards and 1 touchdown successful 1 half.
The Falcons rested their starters portion the Dolphins’ archetypal portion played astir of the archetypal fractional successful the 2nd preseason crippled for some teams.
Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, the No. 6 wide enactment successful the 2021 draft, avoided a superior wounded during the team’s opening drive.
Waddle grimaced successful symptom aft his near limb collided with a Falcons defender. The rookie from Alabama was checked successful the aesculapian structure and returned, but was not targeted again. Waddle caught 3 passes for 21 yards.
Miami’s archetypal 2 drives ended successful touchdowns by Myles Gaskin. The moving backmost capped the archetypal thrust with a 1-yard score. Gaskin accounted for 57 of the Dolphins’ 75 yards during the drive.
Tagovailoa connected with Gaskin connected an 8-yard touchdown walk that gave Miami a 14-3 pb 2:20 into the 2nd quarter.
Jacoby Brissett replaced Tagovailoa successful the 2nd half. Tagovailoa completed 16 of 23 passes.
With backmost Matt Ryan sitting out, AJ McCarron and rookie Feleipe Franks took the snaps for Atlanta. McCarron started, but near with a close genu wounded aboriginal successful the 2nd quarter.
McCarron and Franks are vying for the No. 2 spot down Ryan. Before his injury, McCarron was 3 of 6 for 43 yards, portion Franks finished 4 of 9 for 46 yards and an interception.
Sam Eguavoen had 4 sacks for Miami, including 1 successful the extremity portion for a information successful the 3rd quarter.
Miami outscored Atlanta 23-14 successful the 2nd half.
Malcolm Brown scored connected a 1-yard tally and Brissett connected with Robert Foster from 8 yards. Third-string backmost Reid Sinnett threw a 2-yard touchdown walk to Kirk Merritt.
Falcons moving backs D’Onta Foreman and Caleb Huntley scored connected touchdown runs of 1 and 30 yards, respectively, successful the 2nd half.
Younghoe Koo’s 53-yard tract extremity culminated Atlanta’s opening thrust for a 3-0 lead.
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After constricted capableness due to the fact that of COVID-19 restrictions past season, 57,217 tickets were distributed for Miami’s lone preseason location game. Parking batch tailgating by fans, besides not allowed successful 2020, was successful afloat plaything 4 hours earlier kickoff.
The Falcons signed escaped cause TE David Wells and placed TE Ryan Becker connected injured reserve. The Dolphins placed LB Kylan Johnson connected the reserve COVID-19 list. Johnson joined Miami arsenic an undrafted escaped cause successful April 2020 and spent the 2020 play connected the signifier squad.
Falcons: instrumentality location for their preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns adjacent Sunday.
Dolphins: adjacent their preseason docket astatine the Cincinnati Bengals adjacent Sunday.
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