Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) talks with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the final seconds of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Denver. The Broncos won 20-13. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Tagovailoa benched in Dolphins 20-13 loss to the Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos defense exposed the Miami Dolphins as fish out of water during Sunday’s matchup in Denver. Melvin Gordon III and Phillip Lindsey ignited for the Denver offense as the Dolphins could not find an answer to stop the dynamic duo.

A Close First Half

Drew Lock opens the game for the Broncos with an unfortunate interception caught by Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard. Miami rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa quickly suited up for the field, preparing the Miami offense to strike first. Tagovailoa easily found DeVante Parker in the end zone for a short three yard pass.

Dolphins took the first lead of the game, 7-0.

Lindsey picked up the slack for the Broncos offense while Lock continued to struggle. The Broncos eventually reached the edge of the end zone as Gordon broke through the defense for the touchdown.

The Broncos tied the game up, 7-7.

Lock began to find his rhythm, connecting with wide receiver Tim Patrick to put the Broncos within field goal range. Brandon McManus set the Broncos up to take the lead, knocking in a 29-yard field goal. Denver overtake the Dolphins, 10-7.

Tagovailoa continued to connect with Parker, securing the ball and moving the chain for another first down. Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders made a 41-yard field goal to tie up the game. However, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy made an impressive catch from Lock allowing the Broncos to set up for another field goal. The Broncos ended the first half up, 13-10.

Broncos Defense Comes Up Big

The Broncos defense continued to impress as they held the Dolphins away from scoring in the third quarter. Gordon breaks free from the defense again to score a 20-yard rushing touchdown.

Broncos extend their lead, 20-10.

Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick took the pressure away from Tagovailoa as he subbed in for the rest of the game. Tight end Mike Gesicki and running back Salvon Ahmed helped bring the Dolphins into field goal range. Sanders made the much needed 53-yard field goal to bring the Dolphins closer to the Broncos. Broncos lead the game, 20-13.

Fitzpatrick had a chance to set up the game winning touchdown pass to to Parker. However, Fitzpatrick’s pass was intercepted by Broncos safety Justin Simmons in the end zone securing the Broncos victory.

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Stats

Miami Dolphins

T. Tagovailoa (QB) – 83 passing yards on 12/18.

D. Parker (WR) – 61 receiving yards on 6/9.

Denver Broncos

D. Lock (QB) – 270 passing yards on 18/30.

M. Gordon (RB) – 84 yards on 15 carries.

P. Lindsey (RB) – 82 yards on 16 carries.

Up Next For the Dolphins

Miami looks to end the month of November on a winning note. Miami will travel to New York to face the Jets at the MetLife Stadium this Sunday.

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