Jay Ajayi calls 200-yard performance a 'special thing'

Jay Ajayi still doesn't have a 100-yard rushing day. The Miami Dolphins back skipped over the singular century mark, right for the 200-plus target.

Ajayi scampered all over a battered Pittsburgh Steelers defense for 204 yards on 25 carries.

Before Sunday, Ajayi hadn't earned more than 48 rushing yards in a single contest (13 games played). He more than quadrupled that high against Pittsburgh. 

"It's a special thing," Ajayi said, via the team's official website. "Definitely something to cherish for sure because I pride myself of wanting to be the best. Just glad I was able to get that opportunity today. All help from the O-line, great job from the receivers. It was an overall team effort. I'll cherish this milestone and celebrate it with teammates."

Ajayi joined Reggie Bush (in 2011) and Ricky Williams (twice in 2002) as the only Dolphins players with 200-plus rush yards in a single game in the Super Bowl era. Ajayi and Williams are the only two Miami players with 200-plus rush yards and 2-plus rush TDs in a single game.

On Sunday the second-year back powered through and around defenders all game:

Having the starting offensive line intact for the first time this season certainly aided Ajayi and quarterback Ryan Tannehill. After being sacked 17 times in five games, Tannehill wasn't sacked once Sunday.

"It was funny because the running backs were just pushing me like, you're not done, keep pushing, keep working," Ajayi said. "My boy (Kenyan) Drake, he kept telling me, go get 200 if you can, go get it, you're not done with it. At the end of the game, I was just thinking we'll get the first down and that'll be it, but it opened up and I wasn't going to let anyone catch me."

After 62-yard TD scamper, Ajayi was over the 200-yard mark. Special day indeed.

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