Mike McDaniel explains why Dolphins didn’t go for all-time scoring record against Broncos

Sep 25, 2023, 8:50 AM

Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins looks on during the fourth quarter against the Denve...

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 24: Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins looks on during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Hard Rock Stadium on September 24, 2023 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Mike McDaniel and the Miami Dolphins had a chance to make NFL history. Leading 70-20 with 33 seconds to play on Sunday, Miami faced a fourth-and-14 at Denver’s 27-yard line.

A field goal would move their point total to 73, which would’ve been the most ever scored by an NFL team in a single game, besting the 72 scored by Washington in 1966. Instead, Mike McDaniel chose to take a knee and turn the ball over on downs.

Why did the Dolphins head coach make that decision? Why didn’t he take a shot at going down in the history books?

McDaniel explained in his postgame press conference. And his response was classy, keeping an eye on the big picture.

Clearly, McDaniel didn’t want to embarrass Sean Payton and the Broncos. But his decision wasn’t about sparing feelings. It was about keeping his team focused on the bigger picture.

The Dolphins had their win. They’re 3-0 on the season. They’re a legit Super Bowl contender.

That’s what McDaniel cares about. He’s not concerned with setting records along the way.

This story was first published by Sactown Sports‘ sister station, Denver Sports. Thank you for reading Follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.



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