The Dolphins’ 16-10 win over the Steelers on Sunday night was a game the 1972 Dolphins were surely proud of. Known for their “No Name” defense, members of the ’72 Dolphins — who were honored at halftime on Sunday’s game — were treated to a defensive battle that saw the current Dolphins’ defense make two crucial stops late to preserve Miami’s fourth win of the season.
An offensively charged first half gave way to a defensive-fueled second half. Miami and Pittsburgh traded punts for the majority of the half until the Steelers made two late charges to win the game. Pittsburgh was turned back both times, with Noah Igbinoghene sealing the win with his end zone interception of Kenny Pickett with 25 seconds left. Javon Holland ended Pittsburgh’s previous drive when he stepped in front of Pickett’s pass intended for Diontae Johnson deep in Dolphins territory.
Miami received just enough offense from Tua Tagovailoa, who threw for 261 yards that included his 8-yard scoring toss to Raheem Mostert on the game’s first drive. Miami led 13-0 after the first quarter before Pittsburgh’s offense woke up with a pair of second quarter scores. Pickett cut Pittsburgh’s deficit to three points after he hit fellow rookie George Pickens for a 7-yard score with 1:50 left until halftime. The Dolphins managed to get a quick field goal before halftime, a score that would ultimately pay massive dividends during the final stages of Sunday night’s game.
Neither offense scored in the second half