Following two road victories to begin the 2023 season, the Miami Dolphins returned to Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday afternoon and put on one of the best offensive displays in NFL history, scoring 10 touchdowns in a decisive 70-20 win over the Denver Broncos.
Miami became the first NFL team since the Los Angeles Rams in 1950 to score 70 points. The Dolphins’ total offense of 726 yards was the greatest in team history and nine yards short of the NFL record established by the Los Angeles Rams in 1951. The team’s 350 running yards were also a single-game club high.
De’Von Achane (4, 236) and Raheem Mostert (4, 142) combined for eight touchdowns and 378 yards rushing.
Tua Tagovailoa ended with 309 yards and four touchdowns on 23-for-26 passing in little over three quarters of action. He finished with the greatest passer rating of his career, 155.8.
The 65,522-strong home audience barely had to wait 83 seconds for the fireworks to begin.
Tagovailoa found wide receiver Tyreek Hill wide open in the center of the field on the third play from scrimmage. Hill outran a Broncos defender to the near-corner pylon, scoring Miami’s first touchdown of the game.
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The Dolphins defense forced a fast three-and-out, and Tagovailoa returned to the field.
Achane scored his first NFL touchdown on his fourth career rush, eight yards into the end zone.
With a 12-yard touchdown throw to wide receiver Courtland Sutton, Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson sought to weather the storm, but Tagovailoa replied with an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive.
He capped it off with a four-yard no-look pitch with his off hand to Achane, who slipped into the end zone to put Miami up 21-7.
The Dolphins have officially scored the most points in franchise history. pic.twitter.com/NZttmJrOhE
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Meanwhile, Mostert scored on a 20-yard run with 1:55 left in the half. On the next play, safety Jevon Holland batted the ball out of Sutton’s hands, and linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel recovered it 29 yards to the Denver three-yard line.
With 1:33 remaining, Mostert scored on the following play to put Miami up 35-10. Just before halftime, Broncos kicker Will Lutz made it 35-13.
Tagovailoa completed 16-of-16 passes for 206 yards, two touchdowns, and a perfect passer rating of 158.3 in the first half.
The Dolphins’ defense kept up its strong play in the second half, forcing the Broncos to punt after only four plays.
The offense capitalized on that momentum, driving down the field for their sixth touchdown of the day. Mostert scored on fourth down from one yard out to give Miami a 42-13 lead with 7:52 remaining in the third quarter.
Holland then caused his second fumble of the game, which cornerback Kader Kohou recovered, and Mostert was back in the endzone for his fourth score of the afternoon just under five minutes later.
This time, he grabbed the ball behind the line of scrimmage, outran one Broncos defender, sidestepped another, and strolled into the endzone. It was his second career game with both a running and receiving touchdown.
The Dolphins proceeded to pile it on, scoring three more touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Tagovailoa started things off with a 10-yard throw to Achane.
Then, with 9:28 left in the game, second-string quarterback Mike White threw a long throw to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida native Robbie Chosen, who took it to the house for a 68-yard touchdown to put Miami up 63-13.
Denver’s last points came on a 99-yard kickoff return by wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. Achane (203 yards), who set the club’s rookie running record and became the sixth Dolphins player to dash for 200 yards or more in a game, wasn’t finished yet.
He scored on a 67-yard run two plays later, bringing Miami’s total to 70 points for the day.
With nine catches for 157 yards and a touchdown, Hill topped all receivers and has now scored in all three of Miami’s games this season.
While the Dolphins offense deservedly received the majority of the attention following its record-breaking performance, the defense also delivered, allowing just one offensive touchdown and forcing three turnovers, two of which gave the Dolphins starting field position inside the Broncos’ 10-yard line.
Wilson ended with 306 yards passing on 13 attempts, but the Broncos averaged only 3.5 yards per rush to Miami’s 8.1.
Next Sunday, Oct. 1, Miami travels to Highmark Stadium to face the Buffalo Bills (2-1). The game will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS.