Miami Gardens, Fla., October 3 (WNN) — Carson Wentz threw two touchdown passes and Jonathan Taylor ran for 103 yards to guide the Indianapolis Colts to a 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
“It feels great,” Wentz told reporters after his team’s first win of the season. “Me and the team got the monkey off our backs.”
The Colts (1-3) held the ball for more than 37 minutes and covered a total of 203 yards from the Dolphins (1-3) in the win.
Wentz completed 24 of 32 passes for 228 yards. He threw both his touchdown passes to tease Mo Allie-Cox.
Colts coach Frank Reich said of Wentz, “He did a phenomenal job not to damage the ball.” “It comes with total team effort.”
Dolphins quarterback Jacoby Brissette completed 20 of 30 passes for 199 yards and two scores.
The game started at a very slow pace as both the offenses were struggling to find a rhythm. Jason Sanders put the Dolphins ahead in the first quarter with a 38-yard field goal in two-five minutes.
Taylor responded with a 23-yard touchdown run in the first half with a 2:47 to give the Colts a 7-3 lead at halftime.
The Colts started the second half with an 11-play, 79-yard touchdown drive. Wentz ended that possession with a three-yard touchdown toss to Eli Cox.
Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship scored a field goal on the Colts’ next two drives. The Dolphins finally reached the end zone when Brissette threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Mike Gesicki with 10:26 remaining in the game.
On the next drive, Wentz joined with Allie-Cox for the second score, giving the Colts a 27–10 advantage.
Brissette and the Dolphins answered with a six-play touchdown drive. The Dolphins quarterback ended the possession with a three-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker with 4:24 remaining.
The Colts took the remaining time off the clock to seal the road victory on their next drive.
“We played poorly across the board, offensively, in defense and kicking games with drops, penalties and turnovers,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores told reporters.
“We have a lot we have to fix.”
The Dolphins face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1 p.m. EDT October 10 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The Colts face the Baltimore Ravens at 11:15 p.m. EDT at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.