Dolphins come again from down 21 to sink Ravens late in profession day for QB Tua Tagovailoa
Is it time to purchase into the Tua Tagovailoa hype on this new-look Miami Dolphins offense but?
What began as one other story of the Dolphins going through torment in Baltimore become an exhilarating comeback the place Tagovailoa threw for 469 yards and 6 touchdowns, each profession highs.
The Dolphins got here again from down three touchdowns within the fourth quarter to beat the Ravens, 42-38, on Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Dolphins (2-0) gained in Baltimore for the primary time since 1997, snapping a four-game shedding streak. Mike McDaniel is the primary Dolphins coach to start out his tenure 2-0 since Jimmy Johnson in 1996.
Tagovailoa tied a Dolphins document with six landing passes. He was 36 of fifty on Sunday. Four of his landing passes got here within the fourth quarter.
Tagovailoa’s high two targets, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, mixed for 361 receiving yards — Hill with 190 and Waddle with 171. Each had 11 receptions and two landing catches. Tagovailoa beat Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson after the best way he dealt with Miami’s blitz-heavy method seemed to be the story for a lot of the day.
Jackson regarded nearer to how he did within the 2019 opener in opposition to Miami, when he threw for 5 touchdowns in a 59-10 mauling, than he did in final yr’s Dolphins upset after they attacked him with an unremitting blitz.
The Pompano Beach native and Boynton Beach High grad as soon as had an ideal passer score of 158.3 on Sunday. He completed passing for 318 yards for 3 touchdowns to completely different receivers – tight finish Mark Andrews and wideouts Rashod Bateman and Demarcus Robinson. Jackson added 119 yards on the bottom for his eleventh profession 100-yard dashing efficiency, an NFL document for a quarterback.
The last dagger amongst Tagovailoa’s 4 fourth-quarter touchdowns was a 7-yard strike to Waddle with 14 seconds left. A 28-yard Chase Edmonds run set the Dolphins up on the 7-yard line within the last seconds. All Jackson had left to do on the ultimate play was throw a Hail Mary to the tip zone, which fell incomplete.
Down 35-14 to start out the fourth quarter, Tagovailoa first drove 75 yards in seven performs, capping the drive by hitting vast receiver River Cracraft.
Hill was out momentarily, coping with cramps, however as soon as he returned, he scored lengthy touchdowns on back-to-back drives. First, he went deep center for a 48-yard landing excessive of the protection. Then, he flew by Ravens cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis for a 60-yard rating.
Miami tied Baltimore, 35-35, with 5:19 remaining.
The Ravens answered because the dependable Justin Tucker knocked by a 51-yard area aim with 2:18 remaining earlier than the Dolphins had the final snicker.
The Dolphins began down in a landing gap instantly Sunday when Devin Duvernay, an All-Pro return specialist, took the opening kickoff 103 yards for a landing 13 seconds into the motion.
The Ravens appeared primed to increase their early lead with an 18-play, 72-yard possession that took up 10:53, however they got here up empty on the time-consuming drive. Jackson mishandled a snap on fourth-and-goal on the 1-yard line, and the fumble was recovered by Baltimore for a turnover on downs. Jackson appeared to attempt to transfer ahead with the ball for a sneak earlier than he absolutely managed the snap.
Starting at their very own 6-yard line, the Dolphins shortly maneuvered 94 yards to tie the Ravens, 7-7, thanks largely to Tagovailoa’s reference to Waddle. He hit him as soon as for a go over the center that went for 59 yards after Waddle’s run after catch after which once more for a 6-yard landing on a display.
That landing was scored with 10:54 left within the second quarter. The Ravens answered on the 10:44 mark. The very first play of the following drive, Jackson discovered Bateman open reducing in in opposition to Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard with no security to cease Bateman over the center after Baltimore’s pre-snap movement.
Baltimore, after fumbling earlier, took benefit of its subsequent alternative on the 1-yard line. Jackson tossed a simple go to Andrews after their 25-yard reference to Andrews beating cornerback Keion Crossen obtained the Ravens down close to the aim line on a play that was initially referred to as a landing however overturned upon evaluation.
Before halftime, Jackson drove the Ravens 80 yards in six performs over 51 seconds, linking with Robinson for a 12-yard landing.
A 15-yard landing connection between Tagovailoa and tight finish Mike Gesicki inched the Dolphins to inside two scores in the midst of the third quarter, however Jackson reeled off his 79-yard dashing landing late within the third to tug Baltimore again forward by three touchdowns earlier than the fourth-quarter comeback.
Miami’s first possession resulted in an interception as security Marcus Williams tipped a Tagovailoa go meant for Hill after which got here up with the ball from his again. Williams intercepted Tagovailoa once more late within the first half, dragging his toes inbounds alongside the sideline on
The Dolphins return residence in Week 3 to host the Buffalo Bills in a divisional matchup.