Game recap: Miami Dolphins defeat Denver Broncos in historic fashion

The Miami Dolphins return home Sunday to face the Denver Broncos in Week 3 after a perfect opening two weeks to the 2023 regular season.

Miami has been among the most impressive NFL teams in starting 2-0 with victories at the Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has sizzled, particularly in Week 1, in piling up 715 passing yards and four touchdowns in the Dolphins victories. He's connected with star wide receiver Tyreek Hill for a team-high 16 receptions, 255 yards and three touchdowns.

Veteran running back Raheem Mostert has been another bright spot for Miami this season by averaging 5.6 yards per carry.

Tagovailoa will be without one of his top targets in Week 3 as wide receiver Jaylen Waddle has been ruled out due to a concussion.

The Denver Broncos are off to a winless start through two games under first-year head coach Sean Payton.

Last week, Denver blew an 18-point lead in a 35-33 loss to the Washington Commanders. Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson connected on a dramatic Hail Mary touchdown as time expired but was unable to connect on the ensuing two-point conversion try.

Miami leads the all-time series against Denver with a 12-7-1 record in 20 meetings. The teams last faced in November 2020 with the Broncos prevailing 20-13 in front of a COVID-limited crowd of 5,351.

Miami Dolphins demolish Denver Broncos 70-20

The Dolphins shattered franchise records and challenged all-time NFL records in a 70-20 beatdown of the Denver Broncos on Sunday in Week 3 regular season NFL action.

Check back with The Palm Beach Post for further updates from the Dolphins' historic performance.

Dolphins hit 70 on De'Von Achane rushing touchdown

The Dolphins have scored 70 points in a regular season NFL game.

De'Von Achane broke a 67-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to add to the Dolphins demolition of the Broncos.

Achane has 233 total yards and four total touchdowns in his NFL regular season debut.

Miami leads Denver 70-20 with 8:01 left in the fourth quarter.

Dolphins set franchise record for single-game points

The Dolphins have set a new franchise record for single-game points.

Miami's 56 points are the most in franchise history, breaking a record the Dolphins set on Nov. 24, 1977 at the St. Louis Cardinals.

There is 13:55 remaining in the fourth quarter.

De'Von Achane scores another flip-pass touchdown from Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa and De'Von Achane connected a flip pass on the first play of the fourth quarter as the Dolphins grew their advantage to 56-13.

Achane now has 128 rushing yards and three total touchdowns in his first NFL regular season game.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs for a touchdown during the 70-20 rout of the Denver Broncos at Hard Rock Stadium.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs for a touchdown during the 70-20 rout of the Denver Broncos at Hard Rock Stadium.

Emmanuel Ogbah interception ends third quarter

The Dolphins have a third takeaway as Emmanuel Ogbah intercepted a Russell Wilson pass that was batted by the defensive line in the final moments of the third quarter.

Miami goes to the fourth quarter with a 49-13 lead and the ball on the Denver 10-yard line.

Tua Tagovailoa feeds Raheem Mostert his fourth total touchdown

Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert is absolutely dominating the Denver defense.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa found the veteran running back on a swing pass late in the third quarter which Mostert wheeled into the end zone for his fourth total touchdown of the game.

Miami is blowing out Denver 49-13 with 27 seconds left in the third quarter.

Jevon Holland strips Courtland Sutton for second Dolphins fumble recovery

Dolphins safety Jevon Holland forced Denver wide receiver Courtland Sutton to commit his second fumble of the afternoon in the third quarter. Cornerback Kader Kohou made the recovery.

Miami's second forced turnover ended another promising Denver drive and set up the Miami offense to potentially put away the game with another.

Miami leads Denver 42-13 late in the third quarter.

Raheem Mostert finds end zone for third touchdown

Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert scored his third rushing touchdown of the afternoon as the Dolphins converted a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who completed his first 17 passes Sunday, threw his first three incompletions on the drive but still managed to guide the Dolphins to the end zone again.

The Miami scoring drive was 11 plays for 90 yards in 4:29 of game time.

The Dolphins lead the Broncos 42-13 with 7:48 in the third quarter.

De'Von Achane, Raheem Mostert thrill in first half

The Miami Dolphins thrilled with 344 total yards in the first half, including 138 rushing yards and four total touchdowns between backs Raheem Mostert and De'Von Achane.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was essentially flawless in completing all 16 of his passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns.

Miami leads Denver at halftime

The Miami Dolphins took a 35-13 lead into halftime after a dominant first half against the Denver Broncos.

Denver managed a late scoring drive of nine plays over 68 yards in the final 90 seconds of the first half but were forced to kick a short field goal as the Dolphins made a stop on third inside their 10-yard line.

On second down, wide receiver Courtland Sutton shook Xavien Howard in the back of the end zone but was unable to come down with a diving catch from quarterback Russell Wilson.

Jevon Holland forces fumble, recovered by Andrew Van Ginkel

The Miami Dolphins are pouring it on the Denver Broncos late in the first half as Jevon Holland forced a fumble by wide receiver Courtland Sutton. Dolphins linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel recovered the fumble and returned it 29 yards to the Broncos 3-yard line.

Running back Raheem Mostert scored on a three-yard carry on the following play to expand the Dolphins' lead.

Miami leads Denver 35-10 with 1:29 left in the first half.

Raheem Mostert storms in for 20-yard rushing touchdown

The Miami Dolphins immediately stopped the Broncos after the turnover on downs before embarking on a late scoring drive in the first half.

Raheem Mostert broke loose on a carry up the middle for a 20-yard touchdown to extend the Dolphins' first-half advantage.

The Dolphins scoring drive was six plays over 86 yards in 1:21 seconds of game time.

Miami leads Denver 28-10 with 1:49 left in the first half.

Alec Ingold stuffed on back-to-back plays for turnover on downs

The Miami Dolphins failed to convert a fourth-down try in their own territory, setting Russell Wilson and the Broncos up with favorable field position.

Full back Alec Ingold received back-to-back carries but was unable to generate enough progress to move the chains.

Denver Broncos settle for Wil Lutz field goal after long drive

The Miami Dolphins managed to get off the field in their own red zone with help from a Broncos penalty.

On third down, Russell Wilson found Courtland Sutton wide open again for his second touchdown of the afternoon but the play was wiped out by an offensive pass interference call against wide receiver Brandon Johnson.

Denver failed to convert third-and-goal from the 17-yard line after throwing a short screen to Johnson and settled for a 31-yard Wil Lutz field goal.

The Broncos' scoring drive was eight plays for 62 yards and .3:40 of game time. Miami leads Denver 21-10 with 6:36 left in the first half.

Dolphins overcome penalties for second De'Von Achane touchdown

The Miami Dolphins overcame a pair of holding penalties against center Connor Williams for a third touchdown of the afternoon.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa faked a reverse play to Tyreek Hill and flipped a pass inside to rookie running back De'Von Achane, who fought through Broncos defenders for a gorgeous touchdown.

The Dolphins scoring drive was 11 plays for 75 yards over 5:56 of game time.

Miami leads Denver 21-7 with 10:17 left in the second quarter.

Miami Dolphins lead Denver Broncos after first quarter

The Dolphins are off to a fast start in Miami Gardens with a 14-7 lead after the first quarter.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has completed all seven of his pass attempts for 117 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown to Tyreek Hill on the Dolphins' first drive of the game. Hill had three catches for 81 yards in the quarter.

Russell Wilson cooks up touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton

The Denver Broncos are on the board in the first quarter as veteran quarterback Russell Wilson escaped pressure from the Miami defensive front to find a wide-open Courtland Sutton in the back corner of the end zone.

Wilson is off to an efficient start after completing five of his first seven passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.

The Broncos scoring drive was 10 plays over 75 yards in 5:19 seconds. Miami leads Denver 14-7 with 1:12 left in the first quarter.

Dolphins turn to De'Von Achane, Raheem Mostert on second touchdown drive

The Miami Dolphins spotlighted their running back duo of De'Von Achane and Raheem Mostert on their second drive, which ended with an eight-yard Achane rushing score.

Achane, a rookie back out of Texas A&M, broke a 26-yard run on his first NFL regular season carry and finished the drive by breaking through a host of Broncos defenders. Mostert exits the drive with two carries for 21 yards and a team-high three catches for 17 yards.

The Dolphins scoring drive was 9 plays over 81 yards in 5:33 of game time.

Miami leads Denver 14-0 with 6:31 left in the first quarter.

Tua Tagovailoa hits Tyreek Hill for 54-yard touchdown on opening drive

A picture-perfect opening drive for the Miami Dolphins as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hit a wide-open Tyreek Hill for a 54-yard touchdown less than two minutes into the first quarter. The Dolphins went 75 yards in three plays.

Miami leads Denver 7-0 with 13:37 left in the first quarter.

Denver Broncos inactive players list includes Justin Simmons

Martin County High School graduate Justin Simmons is among several Broncos listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

Denver Broncos head coach Sean Peyton, left, and Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel meet before an NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Sept. 24, 2023.
Denver Broncos head coach Sean Peyton, left, and Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel meet before an NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Sept. 24, 2023.

Other players set to miss the game include: Ronnie Perkins, Frank Clark, Alex Forsythe and Elijah Garcia.

How will Dolphins do without Jaylen Waddle?

The speedy receiver is in concussion protocol so he will not play against the Broncos. Expect Denver to double-team Tyreek Hill and see if Miami's other receivers - including the activated Robbie Chosen - can help fill the void left by Waddle.

More: Miami Dolphins inactives: Salvon Ahmed injury. Terron Armstead injury. Jaelan Phillips injury.

When do the Dolphins play today?

  • When: 1 p.m. Sunday, September 24

  • Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Where can I watch Dolphins vs. Broncos on TV, streaming?

Kevin Harlan will be on the play-by-play with Trent Green as analyst for CBS. Streaming options include fuboTV, which offers a free trial to potential subscribers.

Where can I find the Dolphins game on radio?

Jimmy Cefalo has the play-by-play with Joe Rose and Kim Bokamper as analysts for the Dolphins' radio feed.

Dolphins schedule 2023



Sunday, Sept. 10

at Los Angeles Chargers: W 36-34

Sunday, Sept. 17

at New England Patriots*: W 24-17

Sunday, Sept. 24

vs. Denver Broncos

Sunday, Oct. 1

at Buffalo Bills

Sunday, Oct. 8

vs. New York Giants

Sunday, Oct. 15

vs. Carolina Panthers

Sunday, Oct. 22

at Philadelphia Eagles*

Sunday, Oct. 29

vs. New England Patriots

Sunday, Nov. 5

vs. Kansas City Chiefs^

Sunday, Nov. 12


Sunday, Nov. 19

vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Friday, Nov. 24

at New York Jets

Sunday, Dec. 3

at Washington Commanders

Monday, Dec. 11

vs. Tennessee Titans*

Sunday, Dec. 17

vs. New York Jets

Sunday, Dec. 24

vs. Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, Dec. 31

at Baltimore Ravens


vs. Buffalo Bills

* - primetime game

^ - morning game in Germany

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