Lightning strikes halt play in seven-hour National Football League game in Miami

Lightning strikes halt play in seven-hour National Football League game in Miami

Lightning strikes halt play in seven-hour National Football League game in Miami

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota left the game in the third quarter due to an elbow injury.

Receiver Jakeem Grant added: "When he's back there, we know we can make splash plays". But it wasn't just me, it was a total team effort.

"I guess it's within the rules, but again, it is a referee's determination, and I was just making sure he saw it".

A win is a win, no matter how long it takes to achieve. By the time it was over more than seven hours later, the late afternoon games were all in the books. The previous longest game since 1970 was a Bears overtime victory against the Ravens in 2013 that took 5 hours, 16 minutes.

The defensive squad as a whole showed a lot of promise, especially considering the number of first and second year players.

Gabbert completed 11-of-22 passes for 117 yards and an INT, pulling the Titans within a touchdown before the ensuing onsides kick was recovered by Miami in the waning seconds. On a first-and-10 play for the Titans, Blaine Gabbert hit Walker on a crossing route that went for a 15-yard gain.

"I love the way we responded - the way we were able to overcome the delays, to come out with energy after sitting around", Tannehill said. He returned to the contest, but things didn't get any better. Tennessee also lost standout left tackle Taylor Lewan (concussion) and tight end Delanie Walker (lower leg).

Although the Titans didn't know the extent of the injury after the game, coach Mike Vrabel seemed to know it was serious. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him".

But that was the end of the fireworks as the two teams traded field goals to close the game as Miami secured a season-opening win in front of the home crowd. But we have to give special praise to the fans who remained.

"That's the job we have - to make sure we play through whatever situation", Vrabel said. "Part of me felt like we'd still be playing today".

Sandwiched between the delays was a brawl that started after Lewan appeared to be briefly knocked out. "I was going, 'Please run by me'".

"I reflected a little bit on the grind that it was to get back here", Tannehill said.

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