INDIANAPOLIS – Andrew Luck stewed over the mistakes he made Sunday.
There was the forced pass into the end zone that was picked off, the failure to take the potential short gains on the final series and the inability to get away from pressure on Indy's final offensive play.
It was, simply, too much for the Colts to overcome on a day Ryan Tannehill threw for 319 yards and one touchdown, and the Miami defense held Indy to 133 yards in the second half to preserve a 24-20 victory.
"You start thinking about the plays afterward. I think some of those, instead of throwing the ball up for grabs, take the underneath guy, get 5 yards and get in second-and-5 instead of ending up in second-and-10, third-and-10, fourth-and-10," Luck said.
"I don't think I managed that particularly well. They did a good job of pressure on that last play. You never want to get sacked on fourth down. That's almost one of those cardinal sins."
Luck and the Colts (1-1) seemed to have everything working in the first half when they piled up 315 total yards and climbed out of a 14-3 deficit to take a 17-14 lead.
But in the second half, they couldn't get anything right.
After recovering a Tannehill fumble at the Miami 39, the Colts had to settle for a short field goal after Luck's 1-yard touchdown run was disallowed because Miami coach Joe Philbin challenged the prior catch just in time.
A few plays later, Luck thought he had a 15-yard touchdown pass but that was wiped out by an illegal shift.
Then, in the fourth quarter, after underthrowing a deep ball to Reggie Wayne in the end zone, Luck wound up throwing three straight incompletions and took a sack on fourth down with 87 seconds to play.
Luck finished 25 of 43 for 321 yards and one touchdown – the difference came down to managing mistakes.
"We just didn't make enough plays," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "They made just enough to get out of here with a win."
Tannehill is one of the big reasons Miami is 2-0 for only the second time since 2004.
He was 23 of 34 for 319 yards with one touchdown and did a better job managing his offense in the second half. Miami played this one almost perfectly.
Notes: Indy lost left guard Donald Thomas in the first quarter with a torn quad tendon that is likely to end his season. The Colts also played the second half without Darius Heyward-Bey, who injured his ribs. ... The Dolphins snapped a four-game losing streak in this series. ... Luck had the NFL's longest active streak with 165 straight passes without an interception before Grimes picked him off. ... Miami scored 14 points in the first quarter for the first time since 2011, a span of 25 games. ... T.Y. Hilton had a career-high 124 yards receiving on six catches for Indy.
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