Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase on 548 yards allowed: ‘It just snowballed.’

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton runs up field against the Miami Dolphins in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte on Monday. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

CHARLOTTE — The Miami Dolphins defense allowed the Carolina Panthers to gain a franchise-record 548 yards on Monday Night Football, including 294 rushing yards.

The Panthers scored touchdowns on five consecutive drives, including the first four of the second half. And the Dolphins allowed rushes of 69 and 43 yards and passes for 32, 28, 23, 20 and 19 yards.

It was a horrid, atrocious performance by the Dolphins defense that left coach Adam Gase stunned.

“We had an eight-minute span there where the game got away from us and it just snowballed for us after that,” Gase said. “We couldn’t prevent the big runs once they got it going after the turnover, a 14-point swing between the end of the half and the third quarter. It’s one of those things you can’t do against a team like this.”

The Panthers were 11-for-14 (79 percent) on third down and 4-for-4 in the red zone (100 percent).

Gase said the game featured some bad matchups and that corrections must be made.

Gase also agreed that receivers were running too wide open. In particular, cornerback Xavien Howard had a poor night.

“Take a look at the tape and find out where we were not aligned,” Gase said. “Something’s not going as planned and we just have to go back and look at this. Is it the personnel? Is it the calls? Sometimes just because a guy’s open you’re not really sure of the answer and you’ve got to go take a look at it and figure out where you need to make adjustments.”

In his Dolphins debut, T.J. McDonald led the team with nine tackles, though it’s not particularly good when a safety leads the team in tackles. Linebacker Kiko Alonso had eight tackles, but some tough moments, including missed tackles.

The Dolphins didn’t have a single sack.

“I thought we were in better shape than we ended up being,” Gase said. “We’ve just got to kind of see what went wrong for us.”

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