Tua Tagovailoa and Tyreek Hill celebrate after a Miami Dolphins touchdown during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Hard Rock Stadium, Sept. 24, 2023, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
(CNN) -- The Miami Dolphins offered an offensive masterclass Sunday by defeating the Denver Broncos 70-20 and scoring the second-most points by a team in a regular-season game in NFL history.
Miami's win is only the fourth time in NFL history that a team has scored at least 70 points, including the playoffs, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa orchestrated a perfect first half, completing 16 of 16 passes for 206 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions to lead the team to a 35-13 lead. Tagovailoa is the first quarterback since 1991 to complete more than 15 passes without an incomplete pass and throw for more than 200 yards at halftime.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (right) talks with Denver Broncos quarterback Jarrett Stidham after Sunday's win in Miami Gardens, Florida. Rebecca Blackwell/AP
Meanwhile, Dolphins running backs Raheem Mostert and De'Von Achane combined for a total of eight touchdowns and Miami set a franchise record of 70 points in the win.
Achane finished the game with 203 rushing yards on 18 carries, while Mostert had 142 total yards of his own.
Tagovailoa and most of the team's stars were substituted early in the fourth quarter. Tagovailoa finished with four touchdown passes on 23 of 26 passes completed.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Dolphins had a chance to break the NFL regular-season record for most points in history, but opted to kneel rather than kick a field goal from the Broncos' 28-yard line.
Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel referred to not breaking the record after the game, saying, "I felt like chasing points, chasing a record that's not what we came here to do. That does not influence the overall result of the season. Ten times out of ten you concede and kneel in those situations because there was an achievable record, but the message I thought it would send was not in line with my way of seeing things."
Washington set the regular-season points record in 1966 with a 72-41 victory over the New York Giants. The Chicago Bears scored 73 points in a shutout victory over Washington in the 1940 NFL championship game.
Miami's 726 total yards set the franchise record for most yards in a single game.