MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins set a franchise record for points scored in a game and became the fourth team in NFL history to score at least 70 points in a regular-season or playoff game on Sunday, crushing the Denver Broncos 70-20.
The Dolphins (3-0) scored the most points by one team in an NFL game since Washington defeated the New York Giants 72-41 on Nov. 27, 1966, the Miami Herald reported. Miami’s 70 points set the franchise record for points in a game, topping the 55 scored in a Thanksgiving Day victory against the St. Louis Cardinals. Miami won 55-14 on Nov. 24, 1977, according to the newspaper.
The record for most points scored by any NFL team came in 1940, when the Chicago Bears defeated Washington 73-0 in the NFL championship game, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.
The other team to score 70 points in a game was the Los Angeles Rams, who routed the Baltimore Colts 70-27 on Oct. 22, 1950.
Miami’s 726 total yards of offense were 9 yards short of the NFL record of 735, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Rookie running back De’Von Achane rushed for 203 yards and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed his first 17 passes, a new personal best. the newspaper reported. He finished 23 of 26 for 309 yards and four touchdowns, including a no-look shovel-pass that the left-handed Tagovailoa tossed with his right hand for a score.
The Dolphins will travel to Buffalo next week for their third road game in four weeks as they face AFC East rival Buffalo, ESPN reported.