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Dolphins finally play a complete game in win over Pittsburgh

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The Miami Dolphins not only won a Sunday afternoon. They de-pressurized the air around them.

With a 30-15 victory over the powerful Pittsburgh Steelers, the Dolphins took the heat off of head coach Adam Gase, quarterback Ryan Tannehill and offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen. Not bad for a day’s work.

The Dolphins played their most complete game of the season – perhaps of several seasons – in the win over the Steelers. Running back Jay Ajayi ran the ball 25 times for 204 yards against what had been the fifth-rated defense in the league. It was the first time the Dolphins have had a 200-yard rusher since Reggie Bush in 2011.

“This game was just the next one,” said Gase, trying to downplay the moment. “But when we play team football, it makes a big difference.”

Tannehill added 252 yards passing and no interceptions. He had thrown seven in the Dolphins’ previous five games (one win).

The Dolphins play Buffalo next week.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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