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NFL roundup: Levis, Titans rally in final quarter to beat Dolphins 28-27

By The Associated Press on December 11, 2023.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) and Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis hug at the end of during an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, in Miami. The Titans defeated the Dolphins 28-27. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – Rookie Will Levis threw for a career-high 327 yards and directed two touchdown drives in the final 4 1/2 minutes, and the Tennessee Titans rallied to stun Miami 28-27 on Monday night, knocking the Dolphins out of the top spot in the NFL’s AFC.

The Titans (5-8) held Tua Tagovailoa and Miami’s explosive offence in check for most of the game but still fell behind by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, thanks to critical mistakes that gave short fields to the Dolphins (9-4). Raheem Mostert ran for TDs of three yards and five yards to put Miami ahead 27-13.

Levis, a second-round draft pick making his sixth career start, took over from there. He led a nine-play, 75-yard drive that took 1:54, capping it with a three-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins and a two-point conversion throw to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine.

The Titans got a stop and Levis quickly went to work, hitting Hopkins for 28 yards and Chigoziem Okonkwo for 16 yards to get into scoring position. Derrick Henry scored on a three-yard rush and the extra point gave the Titans a one-point lead.

The Dolphins took over with no timeouts left and got to their own 45, but Harold Landry III sacked Tagovailoa to put the game away. Miami lost at home for the first time this season, and its three-game winning streak was snapped. Baltimore now has a one-game lead for the best record in the conference.

Dolphins star receiver Tyreek Hill missed a significant portion of the game with an ankle injury. He finished with six catches for 61 yards.

Elsewhere in the NFL on Monday:

GIANTS 24 PACKERS 22

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Tommy DeVito threw a 32-yard pass to Wan’Dale Robinson to set up Randy Bullock’s 37-yard field goal as time expired, and New York beat Green Bay.

The Giants went 57 yards in eight plays for the winning kick, handing the Packers their first December loss under coach Matt LaFleur, who took over in 2019.

Jordan Love threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Malik Heath with 1:33 to play to put Green Bay on top. The two-point conversion try failed.

DeVito threw for 158 yards and rushed for 71 in the third straight win for the Giants (5-8). The undrafted rookie threw an eight-yard TD pass to Isaiah Hodgins while leading four scoring drives, two of them capped by runs of five yards and one yard by Saquon Barkley. The Giants’ defence forced three turnovers.

Jayden Reed scored on a 16-yard run and Anders Carlson kicked field goals of 36, 32 and 48 yards for the Packers (6-7), who had won three in a row.

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