The Miami Dolphins saw their fourth win of the season slip through their fingers, blowing a 17-point lead to lose in Cincinnati.
The Dolphins had to wait until the second quarter to take the lead, but they did so with a touchdown when Ryan Tannehill completed a 22-yard pass to find Kenyan Drake in the end zone.
It all seemed to be going right for Adam Gase’s men when Vincent Taylor blocked a field goal attempt before Jakeem Grant completed a 70-yard punt return to put the two touchdown scores ahead. The touchdown was Jakeem Grant’s second punt return score of the season and it gave the Dolphins a 14-0 lead following the completed extra point attempt.
In the second half, the Dolphins briefly went 17-0 up, only for the Bengals to click into gear to complete a comeback. Andy Dalton found Mixon to make it 17-10 after a field goal early in the second half, and the wheels quickly fell off for the Dolphins when the scores were leveled.
Cincinnati made it 17-17 when a deflected Tannehill throw landed in the arms of Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, who did the rest.
A Bengals field goal later, and the home side soon held a 10-point lead when Sam Hubbard caught a fumble before racing home, completing an 18-yard fumble return. That was the last of the scores as the Bengals’ defense held strong in the final moments.
A 27-17 comeback win for the home side, who take on the Steelers next weekend. The Dolphins host the Bears.
The result leaves the Dolphins 3-2 from their first five games after two successive defeats, and they slip to second in the AFC East standings by a hair, behind the also 3-2 Patriots. The Buffalo Bills are also putting the pressure on in the East. They sit in third with a 2-3 record after a shock final-seconds win over the Tennessee Titans.
The Bengals, meanwhile, are now 4-1 and they remain top of the AFC North, ahead of the Ravens.