The fourth quarter in the Miami Dolphins vs. Minnesota Vikings game was one that will be remembered for quite a while. That’s because there were 41 points in the quarter alone, with 23 being scored by the Dolphins and 18 being scored by the Vikings. It was a game, and quarter, where the teams traded blows but in the end, it was the Dolphins who came out on top.
“I just kept telling the guys, just keep playing. Just keep going out there, just keep doing what you do, play hard on every snap, play one snap at a time,” Joe Philbin said. “You know, like I said, we made some plays out there and that’s what you have to do in the fourth quarter of NFL games. It really doesn’t matter who your opponent is, you have to play well in the fourth quarter.”
For a short while, it appeared the Dolphins would lose after letting the Vikings drive down the field and then scoring a two point conversion after two defensive penalties. Then, on the ensuing kickoff, Jarvis Landry fumbled the ball and the Vikings recovered.
“I wasn’t happy about it,” Philbin said. “Again, football’s – a lot of things happen in games, so while there’s still four or five…while there’s still time left on the clock, it was four and a half, something like that left, close to that, I just knew we had to keep playing, playing football.”
Mike Wallace called the game ‘pretty crazy,’ saying it went down to the wire and that all week, Philbin had been preaching to play 60 minutes and that’s what they did. Cameron Wake echoed what Wallace said and noted that if this was a few weeks ago, they probably would’ve lost but they wanted to come out and play hard and finish things off the right way. Dion Jordan, who saw an increased role, said the guys kept on fighting and with the opportunity to win the game, they pinned their ears back and kept fighting.
Damien Williams said that the adversity the team went through during the game just shows how close everyone is on this team.
“No one started pointing fingers. No one got down on him knowing he was a rookie. Our coach said we’re going to be as good as our rookies are, because we’ve got so many, and today showed it.”
Jared Odrick summed it up though by saying that sometimes, the NFL doesn’t make sense.
“Some endings get crazy and that was one of them. That’s what football is. It’s not supposed to make sense and when it doesn’t make sense in our favor, it feels that much better. It’s a great thrill and definitely a great win.”
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs