In a potential tie-breaker game, the Miami Dolphins offense rallied into the final moments to seal a victory over the Seattle Seahawks, riding on Ryan Tannehill’s wisely run routes and ending a third week losing streak that started in early November.
Following are the three key notes out of the Miami Dolphins 24-21 win:
1. The Miami Dolphins were on the verge of a 50th game since they rallied back from at least a seven point deficit in the fourth quarter to ultimately win the game but the offense rose up to the action.
The Miami Dolphins had last rallied back form a fourth quarter deficit in a 24-20 win over the New York Jets during December 2005, back when Nick Saban was on his first season coaching the team.
But the Miami Dolphins ended the 49 game streak with a turnaround in the final 92 seconds of the game against the Seattle Seahawks. Trailing 14-7 at the beginning of the second-half before coming up 21-14 closer to the Seattle Seahawks midway through, the Miami Dolphins didn’t lose composure later in the half. Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill bought the team back in the game with a 29-yard scoring pass to fullback Charles Clay and followed by a final drive to Dan Carpenter.
It was an overdue victory for the Miami Dolphins to help inculcate some self-confidence in their offensive line after the era of Hall of Famer Dan Marino. It was also a big stepping stone for rookie Ryan Tannehill, and probably the highlight of his season, after he was relentlesy criticized for botched plays.
2. Seattle Seahawks’ running back Leon Washington made a stunning response with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown just moments after the Miami Dolphins tied the score with on a 3-yard run by running back Daniel Thomas for a touchdown.
The last team to return a kickoff for touchdown against the Miami Dolphins were the Oakland Raiders on 28th November 2010, when running back Jacoby Ford racing 101 yards on the play.
3. Ryan Tannehill made franchise history by breaking former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino’s rookie passing record of 2,210 yards established in the 1983 season. The 24-year-old Ryan Tannehill completed 18-of-26 passes for 253 yards in the game.