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Dissecting Tannehill’s Performance

The Miami Dolphins had a spectacular win on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, but while it truly was a team win, it also marked the emergence of rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill as the solid foundation for the team to build on. Tannehill’s season thus far has had its share of ups and downs, but his recent rash of interceptions and the stalling of the offense the last couple weeks had led some to wonder whether Tannehill was the right long-term solution for the Fins. With one drive, he seemed to silence the doubters and restore his own confidence at the same time, as he put together a game-winning drive within the game’s last two minutes to break Miami’s losing streak and return the team to its winning ways.

While the comeback win was exhilarating for Miami players and fans alike, Tannehill and the Fins know they have a big showdown ahead of them this week against the New England Patriots. The rookie will also get to come face-to-face with one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history with Tom Brady leading the charge for the Pats. Miami hasn’t matched up well against New England the past few years, but the Fins are hoping to start a winning streak against one of the top opponents in not only their division, but the entire NFL. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to grab these prime Miami Dolphins tickets right here on! We are your No. 1 source for Miami Dolphins VIP ticket packages, so for the hottest tickets of the year, be sure to grab the best seats in the house before they’re all gone!

So just how good was Tannehill in the fourth quarter against Seattle? For one, he completed 8-of-9 passes (his completion tally was 7-for-9, but that included a spike) for 156 yards and two TDs. And during the final drive of the afternoon, Tannehill absolutely took over. With 1:32 on the clock and backed up to their own 10-yard line, he first completed a pass to Davone Bess for 19 yards. He then got his second first down in a row by scrambling 15 yards on the next play after going to no huddle. Tannehill then connected with Bess again for a deep pass down the middle for a 25-yard gain, bringing the Fins all the way to the Seattle 39. With time running out, Tannehill completed one more pass to Charles Clay for a pick-up of seven yards, and then Daniel Thomas took the handoff to gain four more yards, setting up Dan Carpenter’s game-winning 43-yard field goal.

In all, Tannehill completed five plays for 15-or-more yards in the fourth quarter, including completions of 18, 29, 19 and 25 yards while also accounting for the previously mentioned 15-yard scramble.

So what does this mean for Miami? For one, it showed that the Fins are capable of coming back to become victorious, something they haven’t done in seven years (the last time Miami overcame a seven-point deficit in the final quarter was in 2005), and the poise he showed during not only his perfect final drive, but the entire fourth period was more Brady-like than it was rookie-like. In short, I believe it means that while there will still undoubtedly be some growing pains associated with Tannehill, it also means that he is worthy of competing in this league and is someone the Fins can invest in and be patient with, because he has certainly shown glimpses of what the future can look like down in Miami – and it sure looks bright to me.