Clark scorches Dolphins on opening play
September, 21, 2009
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
MIAMI -- Never have I been so prophetic, so fast.
On Monday morning I posted an item about the Miami Dolphins' trouble containing Tony Gonzalez in Week 1 after not letting tight ends break big plays on them all last season and noted how they might have just as much trouble containing Indianapolis Colts star Dallas Clark.
Twelve seconds into Monday night's game in Land Shark Stadium, the Colts are ahead. Peyton Manning threaded a pass down the seam to Clark for what turned into an 80-yard touchdown.
Clark blew past linebacker Akin Ayodele, caught the ball and shrugged off safety Gibril Wilson to rumble the length of the field.
One play, Colts lead 7-0.
Gonzalez caught five passes for 73 yards versus Miami on opening day. Three of his receptions were for more than 15 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown.
The Dolphins didn't allow a tight end to score from more than 15 yards out last year.
The Dolphins get to face San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates next week.