DeVante Parker explodes in Dolphins’ win over Eagles

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla., Dec. 1 (UPI) — DeVante Parker set career highs in receiving yards and touchdowns after erupting for 159 yards and two touchdowns in a Miami Dolphins win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Dolphins (3-9) trailed 28-14 before scoring 24 unanswered points to pick up their third win of the season.

“It felt great,” Parker said. “I’m still here. I know I still have the ability to make plays and do whatever I can to help the team.”

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 39 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz completed 28 of 46 passes for 310 yards and three scores. Alshon Jeffery hauled in nine catches for 137 yards and a score in the loss.

“I think hats off to DeVante Parker for the display he put on out there today,” Fitzpatrick said. “That was special. He made some really big plays and that really got us going. When you’re throwing to a guy like that that’s making plays like that, it’s easy to play quarterback. So, he did a great job and made my job a little bit easier today.”

Fitzpatrick was intercepted on the first play from scrimmage. The Eagles answered with Wentz connecting with Miles Sanders for a 15-yard touchdown, giving Philadelphia a 7-0 edge.

The Eagles (5-7) pushed their lead to 10-0 on a Jake Elliott 48-yard field goal before the Dolphins got on the scoreboard with 3:14 remaining in the first quarter. Fitzpatrick connected with Parker on a 43-yard touchdown pass to make the score 10-7. The Eagles pushed their lead to 13-7 on another Elliott field goal before the Dolphins returned to the end zone.

The Dolphins got their second touchdown with punter Matt Haack throwing a one-yard touchdown pass to kicker Jason Sanders on a trick play. The score gave the Dolphins a 14-13 lead.

The Eagles answered right away, with Wentz orchestrating a 12-play, 80-yard drive. The Eagles quarterback threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside to cap off the drive, giving Philadelphia a 21-14 advantage at halftime.

Wentz threw his third touchdown pass of the game on the first drive of the second half, hooking up with Jeffery on a 10-yard scoring pass. The Dolphins answered on the next drive, with Fitzpatrick throwing a 17-yard touchdown pass to Parker.

Elliott missed a field goal on the Eagles’ next drive, before Fitzpatrick found Mike Gesicki for a 14-yard touchdown, cutting the Eagles’ lead to two points in the third quarter.

The Dolphins grabbed the lead back with a 96-yard scoring drive at the start of the fourth quarter, with Patrick Laird rushing for a four-yard score. Laird also caught a two-point conversion after the touchdown, giving the Dolphins a 34-28 advantage.

Sanders made a 51-yard kick to give the Dolphins a nine-point lead with 3:42 remaining. Elliott made a 37-yard field goal on the next drive, but the Eagles could not recover an onside kick after the drive, allowing the Dolphins to drain the clock and secure the win.

“We played 60 minutes,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said. “This team went and competed. That’s a good team we beat. That’s a really good team. They got a lot of good players; they got good coaches. It was a tough game we just played. We played well today, and it was a total team effort — offense, defense, special teams.”

The Dolphins face the New York Jets at 1 p.m. EST Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Eagles host the New York Giants at 8:15 p.m. Dec. 9 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.