The Miami Dolphins were just three points shy of the all-time record for the most points scored in a regular-season NFL game.
Their 70 points over the Denver Broncos were the second-highest scoring performance by any team, trailing only the 1966 Washington Redskins (now Commanders) — who put up 72 vs. the New York Giants.
Notably, that wasn’t as big a blowout as Sunday’s matchup, as the Giants put up 41 of their own, whereas the Broncos scored just 20 points.
Even so, the Dolphins pulled Tua Tagovailoa out of the game in the fourth quarter and seemed to take their foot off the gas late in the matchup.
When asked about that, Tagovailoa claimed that they didn’t want to just go out there and humiliate other teams, which is why they didn’t push to go for the record or try and make fun of their rivals (via Ian Rapoport).
#Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa, after his team dropped 70 but didn't go for the record: "We're not trying to go out there and humiliate teams, that's just what it happened to look like."https://t.co/kpxHXMnZIQ
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 25, 2023
Truth be told, nothing went Sean Payton’s way in this one.
Even backup QB Mike White scored a touchdown, and the Dolphins logged the most all-purpose yards in a single game in NFL history.
Payton had been quite critical of Nathaniel Hackett’s tenure in charge of the team, and while they’ve looked better this season, they’re still 0-3, and Hackett’s team never allowed 70 points in a game or any team to go for over 700 yards.
Things don’t look good at all at Mile High.
As for the Dolphins, they’re the undisputed No.1 offense in the game, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see them put up 50+ again this season.NEXT: Tyreek Hill Credits 1 Teammate For His Special Performances