As Sunday’s game against the Falcons was around the corner from being out of reach, quarterback Jay Cutler and Jarvis Landry connected on a key touchdown late in the third quarter.
The 7-yard touchdown pass hauled in by Landry cut the Falcons lead to 17-14 with 1:32 remaining in the third quarter. A pair of Cody Parkey fourth quarter field goals sealed a 20-17 win for Miami.
On Landry’s score, the Dolphins’ leading receiver lined up on the left side of the field and went in motion to the right, mimicking a potential reverse to Landry. The speedster pulled up as Cutler took the snap, then darted back to the left. Cutler found a wide-open Landry, who strutted into the end zone to cap off a five-play, 51-yard drive.
Landry has become Cutler’s go-to target on Miami’s offense. His reception total doubles the next closest receiver on the team, DeVante Parker, and nearly 35-percent of Cutler’s throws have gone to Landry. Landry leads the team in receiving yards and is tied for the lead in touchdowns.
“He’s just a football player,” Cutler said. “He has a high football IQ, tough as nails, competitor, wants the ball on the play. You know he sees those third- and fourth-down plays, he’s going to get a catch and he’s going to get more. He’s going to attack the defense.”
Landry finished the afternoon with eight receptions for 62 yards. He has reeled in two touchdowns and 272 yards on 38 receptions this season. Landry is on pace for 121 catches, which would break the franchise record of 110.
Written by: Ben Faunce