UNDER MONDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Playing much the game without star receiver Tyreek Hill, Miami faded again, this time losing at home for the ﬁrst time this season. PHOTO COURTESY OF MIAMIDOLPHINS.COM
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – Rookie Will Levis threw for a career-high 327 yards and directed two touchdown drives in the ﬁnal 4½ minutes, and the Tennessee Titans rallied to stun Miami 28-27 on Monday night, knocking the Dolphins out of the top spot in the AFC.
The Titans (5-8) held Tua Tagovailoa and Miami’s explosive offense 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 3 yards and 5 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 3- yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins and a 2-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 3-yard rush and the extra point gave the Titans a one-point lead.
Levis ripped off his helmet, screamed for joy and embraced coach Mike Vrabel on the sideline.
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 onegame lead for the best record in the conference.
Miami played much the game with-out star receiver Tyreek Hill, who sat out the second quarter and majority of the third after injuring his ankle in the ﬁrst quarter. He returned and caught passes of 23 and 25 yards to set up Jason Sanders’ 31-yard ﬁeld goal that tied it at 13 at the beginning of the fourth. Hill, who leads the NFL in receiving yards, was in and out of the game from there and ﬁnished with 61 yards.
Tagovailoa was 23 of 33 for 240 yards and had his streak of 21 consecutive games with a touchdown pass snapped.
Levis went 23 of 38 with a touchdown pass and an interception. Hopkins had seven catches for 124 yards, and Henry ran for two scores.
A grind-it-out game took a wild turn in the fourth quarter, beginning when Tennessee’s Eric Garror tried to ﬁeld a bouncing punt with the game tied at 13- all with 6:16 remaining. The ball caromed off his hands and Elijah Campbell recovered for the Dolphins at the 7.
Mostert punched it in, then scored again after the Titans fumbled on their next possession on a botched pitch by Levis to Henry. Mostert leads the NFL with 16 rushing touchdowns.
Henry, who ﬁnished with 34 yards, moved to 15th in NFL history in rushing yards when he scored his 87th career rushing TD in the ﬁrst quarter that tied the game at 7 going into the half.
Miami’s top-ranked offense was held scoreless in the ﬁrst half against a Titans defense that has given up the fewest red zone touchdowns in the NFL. The Dolphins were 2 of 5 in the red zone and lost a fumble at the Titans 2 on a bad quarterback-center exchange on their ﬁrst possession.
Miami went ahead 7-0 when defensive tackle Zach Sieler intercepted Levis at the 5 and took it to the end zone. The Dolphins have had a pick-6 in three straight games for the ﬁrst time in franchise history.
Tagovailoa faced more pressure than usual with the Dolphins missing three starters on their offensive line. Left tackle Terron Armstead (knee/ankle) and right guard Rob Hunt (hamstring) did not play, and center Connor Williams injured his knee in the ﬁrst quarter.
Sanders converted a 20-yard ﬁeld goal that tied the game at 10-all in the third quarter. He also had a 44-yard ﬁeld goal blocked by Denico Autry. INJURIES
Williams did not return after he hurt his knee. … CB Xavien Howard briefly left the game after he collided with teammate Brandon Jones. … WR Jaylen Waddle left briefly after he took a hard hit on Miami’s ﬁrst drive. … S DeShon Elliott left with a rib injury and to be evaluated for a concussion. He did not return.
Dolphins host New York Jets on Dec. 17.