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The Tua Tagovailoa-lead Miami Dolphins shocked the Ravens in an improbable comeback that included 28 unanswered fourth-quarter points on Sunday.
The Ravens were leading the Dolphins heading into the fourth quarter 35-14 and showed no signs of slowing down.
For three quarters, Tua had struggled, having thrown two interceptions, while Lamar Jackson dominated on both the ground and through the air. It appeared the Ravens were on their way to an easy blowout win that would’ve given the Tua doubters more ammunition to use against the third-year quarterback. That is until fourth-quarter Tua came out and showed the NFL universe just how dangerous this offense can be.
Tua Tagovailoa threw four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter alone, giving him six total for the game. Good enough to tie for the second most touchdown passes thrown in a single game.
The Dolphins are now Tu-and-0, with Tagovailoa having played his best game as an NFL pro. Yes, I apologize for the awful pun. Don’t let Baltimore’s fourth-quarter collapse skew your view of what Tua did, though. The Ravens are a solid defensive team with a lot of talent in their secondary. What Tua did to the Ravens as a whole was no easy feat.
Next Up, The Buffalo Bills
Tua’s NFL career thus far has been rather unique, so for him to have this game in just week two of his third season is special. I’ve had doubts about the Alabama prospect since he came into the league, but this may be the season that everything comes together. After all, not everyone storms into the NFL the way Patrick Mahomes did. Their next game is against their division rival Bills, who so far have owned Tua Tagovailoa. If Tua wants to shut down the doubters, beating the Bills in a fashion similar to what he did to the Ravens would go a long way.
The Bills have one of the best rosters in the NFL and are a favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Tua has an opportunity to show the NFL world that the Dolphins are finally ready to compete not just for their division but for a spot in the playoffs.