A look of deep concentration crossed Ryan Tannehill’s face as he stood in the end zone with just 92 seconds left in the game, showing no signs of doubt while mentally running the long-drive that would break the tie and liberate the Miami Dolphins from a three-game losing streak.
"You're excited," said Ryan Tannehill. "You know your team needs you to step up."
Ryan Tannehill was spot-on last night, moving the Miami Dolphins across 65 yards in six plays to set up Dan Carpenter for a 43-yard field goal on the final drive, and claim a 24-21 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
After raising criticism over piling mistakes in the last stretch of close games, Ryan Tannehill seemed pulled-together, helping the Miami Dolphins score 17 points on the 8:08 mark and making pass completions of 19, 25, 7 and setting-up a 15-yard run on the final drive of the game.
Subsequently, the 5-6 Miami Dolphins broke a third game-losing streak while the 6-5 Seattle Seahawks ended-up losing five-of-six road game this season.
Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill had another high moment in the game after he finished on 18-for-26 with 253 yards, breaking Hall of Famer Dan Marino’s 1983 rookie record of 2,210 yards passing in the process.
"In this league you need to win some games like this," said Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin. "It's important for any quarterback to do that."
The Seattle Seahawks were leading 14-7 following the start of the fourth quarter, when the Miami Dolphins dodged Bobby Wagner interception after safety Earl Thomas was called for pass interference. On the next play, Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas tied the score with a 3-yard run for a touchdown.
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll labeled the penalty as questionable claiming Earl Thomas was already in motion when he unintentionally landed on the quarterback.
Leon Washington returned a 98-yard kickoff for touchdown to give the Seattle Seahawks a lead with eight minutes remaining. But Ryan Tannehill brought the Seattle Seahawks back in the game with an 80-yard drive, which included a 29-yard scoring pass to full back Charles Clay to tie the score at 21-21.
Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback Russell Wilson boasted a passer rating of 125.9 but the Seahawks still lost yardage on costly final three plays. The situation resolved to the Seattle Seahawks taking a midfield punt handing the ball to Miami Dolphins to start form their own 10-yard line on the 1:32 mark.
Russell Wilson made 21-of-27 pass completions on 224 yards scoring two touchdowns as well as running for 38 yards in the game.
Pete Carroll had his team play field position when punting from the Miami Dolphins’ 40, 48 and 38 yard line to keep a lid on any explosive reaction in the deep from the opposing offense, and the Seattle Seahawks started outside their 20 yard line on just one possession. Their touchdowns resulted from drives of 94, 82 and 80 yards.
"The guys kept believing," said Joe Philbin. "They never buckled."