Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert, center, is congratulated by wide receiver Braxton Berrios and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins after scoring a touchdown Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — De’Von Achane could hear the crowd at Hard Rock Stadium chanting “Three more points!” on Miami’s final drive. The Dolphins had the ball inside the Denver 30 with less than a minute left, and they were three points shy of breaking the NFL’s single-game scoring record.

Instead of sending out his kicker for a potential record-setting field goal, Dolphins Coach Mike McDaniel elected to take a knee and run out the clock.

“It felt like chasing points and chasing a record – that’s not what we came to the game to do,” McDaniel said.

They almost got there anyway. The Dolphins scored the most points by an NFL team since 1966, overwhelming the Broncos 70-20 on Sunday behind the rookie speedster Achane’s 203 yards rushing and Tua Tagovailoa’s no-look shovel-pass TD.

The Dolphins set a franchise record and finished two points shy of the NFL’s regular-season record – set in 1966 when Washington scored 72 points against the Giants. They are the fourth team in NFL history to score at least 70 points in a regular-season or playoff game.

Many of Miami’s starters, including Tagovailoa and star receiver Tyreek Hill, were pulled from the game early in the fourth quarter.


“Seventy points is crazy,” said Achane, who combined with veteran running back Raheem Mostert for eight touchdowns. “That’s like video game-type stuff.”

Achane caught two TD passes and rushed for two scores. Mostert had his second straight multiple-touchdown game with three rushing TDs and a TD catch.

BILLS 37, COMMANDERS 3: Josh Allen threw and ran for a touchdown, Buffalo’s defense forced five turnovers, and the Bills (2-1) won their second in a row after a rough season opener, routing Washington (2-1) in Landover, Maryland.

Allen was 20 of 32 for 218 yards, including a 35-yard TD pass to Gabe Davis. He added a 10-yard scamper into the end zone among his 46 yards rushing. His interception in the third quarter on third-and-20 functioned more like a long punt than his four backbreaking giveaways that contributed to Buffalo’s Week 1 loss at the Jets.

The Bills tormented Washington quarterback Sam Howell, sacking him nine times and piling up four interceptions – one each by Terrel Bernard, Micah Hyde and Tre’Davious White and A.J. Epenesa – the last being a pick-6. They also forced a fumble as Buffalo improved to 19-2 since 2019 when facing a quarterback who has made 16 or fewer NFL starts.

CARDINALS 28, COWBOYS 16: Joshua Dobbs threw for a touchdown, James Conner and Rondale Moore ran for scores and Arizona (1-2) stunned mistake-prone Dallas (2-1) in Glendale, Arizona.


The Cardinals never trailed and went ahead 21-10 on the final play of the first half when Matt Prater made a 62-yard field goal, a low liner that just cleared the uprights. Arizona scored on all five of its possessions before the break.

Jonathan Gannon got his first win as Arizona’s coach, as the franchise snapped a six-game home skid that lasted nearly a year.

COLTS 22, RAVENS 19: Matt Gay capped a terrific day of kicking with a 53-yard field goal in overtime, giving Indianapolis (2-1) a win at Baltimore (2-1).

Gay made a record four kicks from beyond 50 yards, including a 53-yarder that tied it in the final minute of regulation. His chance in overtime didn’t come until after both teams had been stopped on fourth down near midfield.

The Ravens swarmed Zack Moss on fourth-and-1 from the Baltimore 46, stopping the Indianapolis running back and taking over the ball with 4:10 remaining. Then the Ravens went for it on fourth-and-3 from the Indy 47. Lamar Jackson threw incomplete as Baltimore called in vain for a penalty on linebacker E.J. Speed, who appeared to impede receiver Zay Flowers going over the middle.

There was no flag, and the Colts drove into position for Gay’s fifth field goal of the game with 1:09 remaining.


PACKERS 18, SAINTS 17: Jordan Love rallied Green Bay (2-1) from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit in his first career home start – a comeback that began after New Orleans (2-1) lost quarterback Derek Carr to a shoulder injury.

The Packers scored 18 points in the final 11 minutes to win their 11th consecutive home opener, the NFL’s longest active streak. They took the lead on Love’s 8-yard pass to Romeo Doubs in the right corner of the end zone with 2:56 left.

Carr’s backup, Jameis Winston, drove the Saints into scoring position, but Blake Grupe’s 46-yard field-goal attempt with just over a minute left sailed wide right. It was the first career miss in seven attempts for Grupe, a rookie who played in college at Arkansas State and Notre Dame.

New Orleans led 17-0 when Carr left because of a shoulder injury in the third quarter after one of Rashan Gary’s career-high three sacks.

CHARGERS 28, VIKINGS 24: Justin Herbert passed for 405 yards and three touchdowns, and Los Angeles (1-2) kept Kirk Cousins and Minnesota (0-3) out of the end zone twice in the last three minutes to preserve a wild victory in Minneapolis.

Kenneth Murray Jr. made a game-sealing interception in the end zone with 7 seconds left, snagging a ball that deflected off the chest of diving tight end T.J. Hockenson. On Minnesota’s previous possession, Michael Davis knocked down Cousins’ fourth-down throw to Justin Jefferson at the goal line.


LIONS 20, FALCONS 6: Jared Goff threw a tiebreaking 45-yard touchdown pass to Sam LaPorta early in the second quarter, and Detroit (2-1) beat visiting Atlanta (1-2).

The Falcons failed to protect Desmond Ridder, who was sacked seven times by a team that had only one sack in two games.

BROWNS 27, TITANS 3: Myles Garrett sacked quarterback Ryan Tannehill 3 1/2 times and fronted a defense that limited Tennessee (1-2) to 94 yards as Cleveland (2-1) won at home.

Six days after the Browns lost star running back Nick Chubb to a season-ending knee injury in Pittsburgh, Garrett and Cleveland’s defense stepped up with a dominant performance that overwhelmed the Titans.

TEXANS 37, JAGUARS 17: Fullback Andrew Beck fumbled a kickoff and then broke five tackles during an 85-yard return for a touchdown – one of several special teams gaffes by Jacksonville (1-2) – and visiting Houston (1-2) gave DeMeco Ryans his first victory as coach.

Rookie C.J. Stroud threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns, including a 68-yarder to Tank Dell that sealed it, and the Texans won their fifth in a row in Jacksonville.

SEAHAWKS 37, PANTHERS 27: Kenneth Walker III rushed for 97 yards and two second-half touchdowns, Jason Myers kicked four field goals, and Seattle (2-1) pulled away in the second half to beat visiting Carolina (0-3).

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