Bag of tricks helps Dolphins rally past Eagles 37-31

Sun Dec 1 4:49pm ET
By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders (7) and punter Matt Haack (2) celebrate after Sanders scored a touchdown thrown by Haack, during the first half at an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (88) catches a touchdown pass over Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills (31), during the second half at an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Miami Dolphins center Daniel Kilgore (67) congratulates wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) after Parker scored a touchdown during the second half at an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) catches a pass for a touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills (31) defends, during the second half at an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (94) lifts kicker Jason Sanders (7), after Sanders caught a touchdown pass, during the first half at an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders (7) catches a touchdown pass, during the first half at an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) DeVante Parker made two acrobatic touchdown receptions and kicker Jason Sanders also had a circus-like scoring catch to help the Miami Dolphins rally past the slumping Philadelphia Eagles 37-31 Sunday.

Miami overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half with three touchdowns in less than 13 minutes - a remarkable achievement for one of the NFL's lowest-scoring teams.

The Dolphins (3-9) won for the third time in their past five games, a surprising and perhaps costly turnaround for a team that will be shopping for a franchise quarterback in the 2020 draft.

The Eagles (5-7) lost their third game in a row and missed a chance to pull into a tie with Dallas atop the NFC East.

Trickery helped the Dolphins, who twice opted not to kick on fourth down and instead threw for a touchdown. The second such gamble by rookie coach Brian Flores paid off when Miami shifted out of field goal formation before holder Matt Haack threw a 1-yard pass to Sanders.

Parker did much of the rest. He finished with seven receptions for a career-high 159 yards and two scores, both on leaping grabs.

Parker jumped again to make a 34-yard catch that set up the score that put the Dolphins ahead to stay with 11 minutes left.

Tight end Mike Gesicki also got into the act with a leaping 14-yard touchdown catch. Ryan Fitzpatrick's surehanded targets helped him finish 27 for 39 for 365 yards and three touchdowns as Miami achieved season highs in points and yards (408).

Sanders returned to his usual role to kick a 51-yard field goal with 3:37 left that made the score 37-28. The Eagles kicked a field goal with 1:51 left and got the ball back, but Carson Wentz's desperation pass from midfield on the final play was intercepted in the end zone.

Wentz threw for three touchdowns to help build a 28-14 lead, but the Eagles were kept out of the end zone over the final 26 minutes. That quieted the thousands of green-clad spectators rooting for the visitors, who likely outnumbered Dolphins fans.

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Philadelphia was expecting a field goal try when Haack stood and instead took a shotgun snap, with four teammates flanked far to the left and five far to the right.

Haack ran to his left before flipping a fluttery pass to Sanders, who was part of the group on the left before slipping into the end zone uncovered.

Flores opted not to punt on fourth and 4 in the first quarter, and instead Parker scored on an eye-popping 43-yard catch and run.

INJURIES

Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage left in the second quarter with a left leg injury and didn't return.

Linebacker Nigel Bradham was evaluated for a head injury and cleared to return.

UP NEXT

Eagles: play host to the Giants on Monday, Nov. 9. The Eagles have won five in a row in the series and face the Giants again in the final game of the regular season.

Dolphins: play next Sunday at the Jets. Miami beat New York 26-18 in Week 9.

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