Adrian Peterson shows he still has it (12:54 second quarter): The veteran running back came into the game with 108 rushing yards. He eclipsed that total on 23 carries against the league’s worst rushing defense, finishing with 118 yards, including 60 on Washington’s first touchdown drive. On second and 10 from the Washington 47-yard line early in the second quarter, the 34-year-old Peterson took a handoff and rumbled 25 yards for his longest run of the season. Washington won’t face a defense as generous as the Dolphins’ again this year, but Peterson showed that interim coach Bill Callahan’s commitment to establishing the run isn’t completely without merit.
Terry McLaurin makes his defender look silly (11:34 second quarter): Two plays after Peterson’s long run, Case Keenum connected with wide receiver Terry McLaurin for the rookie’s fourth touchdown of the season on second and seven from the Miami 25-yard line. McLaurin received some good news before the game when Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard was listed among the Dolphins’ inactives, and he took advantage, turning backup cornerback and fellow rookie Ken Webster around on a post-corner route that left him wide open in the end zone.
Roughing the passer penalty leads to Miami’s first points (3:57 second quarter): The Dolphins struggled to move the ball in the first half behind quarterback Josh Rosen, who was sacked five times and faced constant pressure. Miami caught a break late in the second quarter, when an apparent sack by Ryan Anderson was nullified by a roughing-the-passer penalty on the Redskins linebacker, whose helmet made contact with Rosen’s helmet as the quarterback began to duck in anticipation of the blow. Six plays later, the Dolphins got on the board with a 39-yard field goal by Jason Sanders.
McLaurin scores his second touchdown (9:42 third quarter): The Redskins’ third-round pick ran past a pair of Dolphins defenders, including Bobby McCain, for a 33-yard touchdown catch that capped Washington’s first drive of the second half. The Redskins’ 14-3 lead seemed insurmountable at the time, given that Miami had failed to score in the second half all year.
Shaun Dion Hamilton makes an interception (8:17 third quarter): On Miami’s first possession after McLaurin’s second touchdown, osen made an ill-advised thrown on third and 16 from the Miami 19-yard line. The pass was intended for wide receiver Isaiah Ford, but Redskins linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton, who was in excellent position to at least tackle Ford shy of a first down, made a diving interception that was as impressive as any catch in Sunday’s game. After the interception, Rosen’s second of the day, Redskins defenders gathered in the end zone and struck a pose to celebrate.
Offsides on onside kick (10:56 fourth quarter): Who says the Dolphins are trying to tank? After Kalen Ballage’s one-yard touchdown run cut the Redskins’ lead to 17-10, Miami attempted a surprise onside kick. Linebacker Deon Lacey recovered for the Dolphins, but officials ruled that Steven Parker was offside on the play.
Bad snap leads to punt (5:28 Fourth quarter): Trailing by a touchdown, the Dolphins had their best starting field position of the game after a 21-yard punt return by rookie Preston Williams but failed to capitalize. On third and nine from the Washington 40, Fitzpatrick couldn’t handle a low snap. Drake fell on the ball for a loss of eight, and the Dolphins would punt the ball away.
Final: Redskins 17, Dolphins 16
- Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake dropped a screen pass on a two-point conversion attempt after Miami pulled within one on a touchdown with six seconds remaining, preserving the Redskins’ first win of the season.
- Redskins rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin had four catches for 100 yards, including his fourth and fifth touchdown grabs of the season.
- Washington’s defense limited the Dolphins to 271 total yards and registered five sacks. Quinton Dunbar and Shaun Dion Hamilton intercepted Miami quarterback Josh Rosen, who was 15 of 25 for 85 yards before being replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick early in the fourth quarter.
- Redskins running back Adrian Peterson, who came into the game with 108 rushing yards on the season, had 23 carries for 118 yards, including 60 on Washington’s first touchdown drive in the second quarter.
- Washington avoided starting the season 0-6 for the first time since 1998 and won a regular season game in Miami for the first time in six tries.
Dolphins score touchdown, miss two-point conversion: With 10 seconds remaining after Ryan Fitzpatrick spiked the ball to stop the clock at the Washington 11-yard line, the veteran quarterback found wide receiver DeVante Parker, who beat Josh Norman, for a touchdown on the next play. Rather than kick the extra point for the tie, Dolphins Coach Brian Flores left his offense on the field for a two-point conversion. Kenyan Drake dropped a screen pass, and the Redskins sealed their victory by recovering Miami’s onsides kick attempt. (Redskins 17, Dolphins 16, 0:06 Fourth Quarter)
Dolphins fail to capitalize on strong punt return: Washington failed to take much time off the clock while going three-and-out and was lucky to avoid an interception when Case Keenum scrambled out of the pocket and made an ill-advised throw in the vicinity of two Dolphins defenders that fell incomplete. Miami started its next drive at the Washington 41-yard line after a 21-yard punt return by rookie Preston Williams. Three plays later, on third-and-9, Ryan Fitzpatrick fumbled the snap. Kenyan Drake fell on the ball for a loss of eight and the Dolphins punted the ball away. (Redskins 17, Dolphins 10, 4:42 Fourth Quarter)
Offside call spoils Dolphins’ surprise onside kick: Who says the Dolphins are trying to tank? Miami recovered an onside kick after Kalen Ballage’s touchdown, but officials ruled that Steven Parker was offside. The Dolphins would get the ball back anyway a minute later, as the Redskins went three-and-out after Terry McLaurin dropped what would’ve been a big gain on first down. (Redskins 17, Dolphins 10, 9:57 Fourth Quarter)
Dolphins cut Redskins’ lead in half: Kalen Ballage’s one-yard touchdown run capped a nine-play, 55-yard scoring drive after Dustin Hopkins’ missed field goal and helped Miami trim Washington’s lead to seven. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who replaced an ineffective Josh Rosen at the start of the possession, was 3 for 4 for 35 yards on the march. Ballage’s touchdown marked the first points the Dolphins scored in the second half all season. (Redskins 17, Dolphins 10, 10:56 Fourth Quarter)
Dustin Hopkins misses long field goal: Washington missed a chance to add to its lead when Hopkins pushed a 55-yard field goal attempt wide right. Hopkins had made 18 consecutive field goals on the road, according to FOX play-by-play man Sam Rosen. Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Josh Rosen at quarterback for the Dolphins on Miami’s ensuing possession. (Redskins 17, Dolphins 3, 14:55 Fourth Quarter)
Washington settles for a field goal: With a short field after Miami’s turnover, the Redskins had a first-and-goal at the 3-yard line, but ultimately settled for a short field goal by Dustin Hopkins. Adrian Peterson was stopped short of the goal line on first down and fell on his own fumble on second down for a loss of two. On third down, Miami’s Bobby McCain broke up what would’ve been a touchdown pass to running back Chris Thompson at the last second. (Redskins 17, Dolphins 3, 4:19 Third Quarter)
Redskins get the ball right back on a turnover: On third-and-16 from the Miami 19-yard line, Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen tried to force a throw over the middle to Isaiah Ford. Redskins linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton was in excellent position and looked more like a defensive back with a diving interception at the Miami 34. Washington’s defense celebrated the team’s ninth pick of the season by posing in the end zone. (Redskins 14, Dolphins 3, 8:17 Third Quarter)
Terry McLaurin burns the Dolphins for another touchdown: After lining up in the slot, the rookie wide receiver ran past a pair of Dolphins defenders, including Bobby McCain, and found himself wide open for a 33-yard touchdown catch, his second of the game. Case Keenum improved to 7 of 13 for 86 yards and two touchdowns with the throw. (Redskins 14, Dolphins 3, 9:42 Third Quarter)
Redskins force a three-and-out to start the second half: Jonathan Allen batted deflected Josh Rosen’s third-down pass at the line of scrimmage to force Matt Haack’s fourth punt of the game. (Redskins 7, Dolphins 3, 13:14 Third Quarter)
Halftime: Redskins 7, Dolphins 3
The Dolphins possessed the ball for eight minutes longer than the Redskins and had a 10-5 advantage in first downs, but Washington took a lead into the locker room at halftime for just the second time this season. Case Keenum was 5 for 11 for 46 yards, while Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen was 13 for 19 for 77 yards.
Miami gets on the board: After a defensive holding penalty on Fabian Moreau extended the Dolphins’ drive, Ryan Anderson appeared to have Washington’s fifth sack of the first half. Instead, the third-year linebacker was flagged for roughing the passer, as his helmet made contact with Miami quarterback Josh Rosen’s helmet. The Dolphins’ 10-play drive culminated in a 39-yard field goal by Jason Sanders. (Redskins 7, Dolphins 3, 1:07 Second Quarter)
Washington goes three-and-out again: With the exception of their eight-play, 93-yard touchdown drive to start the second quarter, the Redskins have managed 27 yards on 12 plays, resulting in four three-and-outs. (Redskins 7, Dolphins 0, 6:13 Second Quarter)
Quinton Dunbar intercepts Josh Rosen: Landon Collins, who nearly had an interception earlier in the drive, forced a fumble by tight end Nick O’Leary on a fourth-down reception that O’Leary recovered inches past the first-down line to gain. Redskins Coach Bill Callahan challenged the ruling on the field of a completed pass, which stood after a review. Two plays later, Redskins cornerback Quinton Dunbar made his third interception of the season by jumping a slant route. (Redskins 7, Dolphins 0, 7:47 Second Quarter)
Terry McLaurin touchdown gives Redskins the lead: After running 10 plays for 25 yards without picking up a first down in the first quarter, the Redskins’ offense finally got moving. Adrian Peterson had five carries for 60 yards on Washington’s fourth drive, which culminated in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum to Terry McLaurin. The rookie wide receiver now has four touchdowns this season. (Redskins 7, Dolphins 0, 11:34 Second Quarter)
Penalty stalls Dolphins’ third drive: On fourth-and-three from the Redskins’ 45-yard line, Miami left its offense on the field and called a direct snap to running back Kalen Ballage, who picked up eight yards along the right side. A questionable offensive pass interference penalty on a completion to Albert Wilson that would’ve resulted in another first down derailed the Dolphins’ drive and led to the sixth punt of the first quarter. (Redskins 0, Dolphins 0, 0:14 First Quarter)
This game might end in a 0-0 tie: Make that three possessions, three three-and-outs for the Redskins after Case Keenum couldn’t connect with Trey Quinn on third-and-7. Keenum is 3 for 5 for 16 yards. His counterpart, Josh Rosen, is 2 for 4 for 8 yards. The teams have combined for 13 yards on 17 plays. (Redskins 0, Dolphins 0, 6:11 First Quarter)
Josh Rosen has no protection: The Dolphins’ quarterback has faced pressure on almost every snap thus far. After being sacked by Landon Collins for a loss of nine yards on the first play of Miami’s second possession, an incompletion and three-yard pass to Mark Walton led to another Dolphins punt. (Redskins 0, Dolphins 0, 7:40 First Quarter)
Dolphins make another stop: This wasn’t the start the Washington offense was hoping for against the NFL’s worst defense, which is allowing 41 points per game. The Redskins went to the air on their second possession, with Case Keenum sandwiching a couple of incompletions around an eight-yard hookup with Kelvin Harmon. (Redskins 0, Dolphins 0, 9:09 First Quarter)
Washington’s defense records two early sacks: An unnecessary roughness penalty on Jon Bostic gave the Dolphins a first down on their first possession, but the Redskins’ defense responded with sacks by Matt Ioannidis and Jonathan Allen on the next series to force a Miami punt. (Redskins 0, Dolphins 0, 10:12 First Quarter)
Redskins go three-and-out on opening possession: The Dolphins won the coin toss and elected to defer, giving the Redskins the ball first. Washington wasted no time trying to establish the run, with Case Keenum handing off to Adrian Peterson on first and second down. The veteran running back totaled five yards on his first two carries before Chris Thompson was stopped one-yard short of the line to gain on a third-down reception, leading to a Tress Way punt. (Redskins 0, Dolphins 0, 12:49 First Quarter)
Colt McCoy, Deshazor Everett and Vernon Davis are among the Redskins’ inactives. Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard will not play for the Dolphins, which is good news for Washington quarterback Case Keenum and rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin.
There was a plane pulling a banner that read “Help Skins Fans Fire Bruce Allen” flying over Hard Rock Stadium ahead of Sunday’s game.