Apparently, the narrative for the Miami Dolphins remains the same.
The Dolphins are eliminated from playoff contention.
The Jacksonville Jaguars who were led by their starting quarterback who was benched for a portion of the season, began the game winners of one game on the road and four games overall defeat the Dolphins 17-7. Dolphins have one game remaining; however, the conversation for change in the offseason began before the game clock struck zero.
Blake Bortles came off the bench late in the third quarter and gave the Jaguars momentum for a road win in a disappointing season on Sunday.
“He said, `Let’s go, boys, I’m back,” teammate Dede Westbrook said.
Bortles finished 5 of 6 for 39 yards and ran four times for 25 yards. The third overall pick in the 2014 draft, he lost the starting job to Cody Kessler in Week 13.
Both teams don’t make the state of Florida proud on the north and south ends. But the Jaguars made a point for the best of the worst.
Bortles drove the Jaguars 51 yards for a field goal and 10-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. On the next Dolphins series, Telvin Smith Sr. intercepted Ryan Tannehill and scored on a 33-yard return to seal the Jaguars’ victory with time on the clock.
The Boo birds were flying non stop at Hard Rock stadium from that point.
The win over the New England Patriots was the Miami miracle. Last week’s loss on the road to the Minnesota Vikings was the meltdown, by the way, Ryan Tannehill was sacked nine times in the game, that ties a franchise record.
The current loss to the Jaguars was brutal.
“It is terrible, the offense was awful,” Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said. “It was brutal to watch and be a part of.”
The Dolphins finished with 183 total yards on offense. Eight starters from the opening game of the season did not play in the game.
The defense played their hearts out moreover well enough to win. The offense was in a mildly way, disappointing.
Tannehill went 15 of 22 for 146 yards with one touchdown.
Dolphins will finish at .500 or worse for the ninth time in the past ten seasons.
The beat goes as players on both teams play for their lively hood and potentially new contracts for next season.
The Dolphins close the season Sunday when they try for a series sweep at Buffalo. Miami beat the Bills in Week 13. The Jaguars conclude their season Sunday at the Texans, who won when the teams met in Week 7.