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The Miami Dolphins score 70 points and take a knee instead of shooting for the NFL scoring mark

The Miami Dolphins score 70 points and take a knee instead of shooting for the NFL scoring mark

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, right, talks to Denver Broncos quarterback Jarrett Stidham after Sunday’s demolition in Miami Gardens, Florida.


The Miami Dolphins put on an impressive offensive display on Sunday, defeating the Denver Broncos 70-20 in their home opener and scoring the second-most points for a team in a regular season game in NFL date.

The NFL record for a single game is 73 points, set by the Chicago Bears in the 1940 NFL championship game. The regular season record is 72 points by Washington in 1966.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Dolphins had a chance to break the NFL regular season record and tie the Bears’ mark but chose to kneel rather than kick a field goal from the Broncos’ 28-yard line.

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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill, shown here in the third quarter, scored the Dolphins’ first touchdown a little more than a minute into the game.

“It just seemed like we were chasing points, chasing a record, and that’s not what we came here to do. That has no impact on the overall outcome of the season,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said. “Ten times out of 10 you concede and kneel in that one.” Attitudes. Because there was a record to make, that was cool, but the message I thought it was going to send wasn’t compatible with the way I see things.

Miami’s win marks only the fourth time in NFL history that a team has scored at least 70 points, including the playoffs. According to ESPN statistics and information.

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Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa orchestrated a perfect first half, completing 16 of 16 passes for 206 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions to lead the team to a 35-13 lead.

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Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa celebrated a lot Sunday afternoon.

Tagovailoa is the first quarterback since 1991 to complete more than 15 passes without an incompletion and throw for more than 200 yards in a first half.

“This is nothing compared to anything I’ve seen or been a part of,” Tagovailoa said. “It just speaks to the resilience of our team. Even though it was half-time, I’m very proud of the players and the way they kept playing. Nobody took their foot off the goal, everyone kept playing and that’s the result we got.”

Meanwhile, the Dolphins have running backs Raheem Mostert and Devon Echane Combined for a total of eight touchdowns Like Miami He broke the franchise scoring record by 15 points.

Acane finished the game with 203 yards on 18 carries, while Mostert totaled 142 yards.

Tagovailoa and most of the team’s stars were pulled from the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter. He finished the game with four touchdown passes on 23 of 26 occasions.

Miami has 726 total yards Franchise record for most arenas Ever in the game.

Broncos coach Sean Payton called the game “embarrassing” and “tough to watch.”

“Look, it would be one thing to say, ‘Hey, we’re going to move on to the next game,’ but we have to watch this tape, so tomorrow is going to be tough for a lot of players — tough for us,” Payton added, too, as coaches.

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Later in the press conference, Payton attacked a reporter who was looking at some historical loss statistics when he asked his question.

“I’m aware. What are the questions?” Payton interrupted. “What’s the question? I just finished telling you. Next question.”

In December 1940, the Bears beat Washington 73-0 in the NFL championship game. In November 1966, Washington defeated the New York Giants 72-41 late in the regular season.

The only other team to score 70 points in an NFL game was the Los Angeles Rams in 1950 against the Baltimore Colts.