Lightning strikes halt play in seven-hour National Football League game in Miami

Heather Diaz
September 10, 2018

Aside from Walker, the Titans also saw quarterback Marcus Mariota and offensive tackle Taylor Lewan suffer injuries in the Miami game.

Miami outlasted Tennessee - and more than four hours in lightning delays - to earn the 27-20 victory in a bout that lasted seven hours and 10 minutes.

Not to be left out of the party, Tennessee's Darius Jennings took the ensuing kickoff 94 yards to keep the game within reach at 24-17 with 10:11 left in regulation. Mariota missed one play, and then returned to throw two interceptions before again coming out of the lineup.

With the game tied 10-10 early in the fourth quarter, Dolphins kick returner Jakeem Grant fielded a kickoff in end zone and raced up the sideline for a 102-yard touchdown return to give Miami the lead.

The game featured two lengthy lightning delays, 1:57 in the second quarter and 2:02 in the third. The teams went to the locker room during the delay and stayed on the field for halftime, which was shortened to 3½ minutes.

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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills runs in a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans.

But that was the end of the fireworks as the two teams traded field goals to close the game as Miami secured a season-opening win in front of the home crowd. "There are a lot of plays I wanted to have back". Jackson hurt his shoulder on a 26-yard punt return.

Lewan left the game with a concussion.

FRACAS: Lewan appeared to be briefly knocked out when flattened on Andre Branch's blindside block during an interception return by Reshad Jones. 30 minutes into Sunday's game against the Titans, that certainly was the case.

The Dolphins marched down the field with a 12-play, 98-yard drive in the second quarter to take their first lead.

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