MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA — Another leaping catch in the end zone highlighted another Miami Dolphins victory on Sunday afternoon. But instead of a cast member of the traveling circus adding to their ever-growing highlight reel, it was cornerback Jalen Ramsey who played the role of a Flying Wallenda, and he did so to save the game for Miami when its offense was uncharacteristically mistake-prone.
In his third game with the Dolphins, Ramsey came down with two interceptions, including a leaping catch of an Aidan O’Connell pass with 22 seconds remaining that sealed Miami’s 20-13 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders inside Hard Rock Stadium. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was 28-for-39 for 325 yards and two touchdown passes as the Dolphins won despite turning over the ball three times and being held to 20 points, the lowest scoring total in a win for Miami this season.
But the important statistic is the win, one that was secured by Ramsey, who missed the first seven games of the season with a knee injury. He also had a diving interception midway through the third quarter with Miami holding onto a 14-13 lead, as the Raiders were attempting to enter Dolphins’ territory.
“I do feel great, I’ve put in a lot of hard work,” Ramsey said. “At the same time, the only way to get ready for football and be really in football shape and feel like the guy that I am is to play more football, and this is only my third game. Technically, I’m just now in my training camp, preseason, really.”
Oakland’s only touchdown of the game came at the end of the first quarter, when O’Connell lofted a perfect pass near the left corner to the streaking Davante Adams for a 46-yard touchdown and a 10-7 Raiders lead. The score came 122 seconds after Tagovailoa and Tyreek Hill connected for a 38-yard touchdown over the middle for Miami’s first points.
Just before the two-minute warning in the first half. Tagovailoa threw his second touchdown of the day, a short pass over the middle to running back Salvon Ahmed for an 11-yard touchdown and a 14-10 Dolphins lead.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Sunday afternoon’s contest, with all photos taken by Las Vegas-area photographer Arnie Bazemore. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 54 pictures in total.