Tua Tagovailoa records his first 300-yard passing game for Dolphins




Tua Tagovailoa records his first 300-yard passing game for Dolphins

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa passes during an NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.AP Photo/Doug Murray

In his sixth NFL start, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa recorded his first 300-yard passing game, scored his first rushing touchdown and threw his first NFL interception in a 33-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Dolphins took on the defending Super Bowl champion with a depleted depth chart in their skill positions that dwindled as the game progressed. Running backs Myles Gaskin, Matt Breida and Salvon Ahmed – the top three rushers – weren’t dressed for the game, starting wide receiver DeVante Parker left with an injury in the first half, starting tight end Mike Gesicki left with an injury in the second half and No. 2 wide receiver Jakeem Grant was in and out before leaving.

Lynn Bowden, who had five receptions for 40 yards this season, caught seven passes for 82 yards as Miami’s leading receiver on Sunday. DeAndre Washington, who had 15 carries for 51 yards in 2020, led the Dolphins in rushing with 35 yards on 13 carries.

“I’m very confident with whatever guys I’m playing with,” Tagovailoa said. “I get to get a good amount of reps with a lot of the guys. … I think those guys did a great job stepping up in this game because a lot of guys were down, but regardless it’s just never a good feeling when you lose no matter who’s in there.”

The former Alabama All-American completed 28-of-48 passes for 316 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and ran six times for 24 yards and one touchdown.

Tagovailoa became the first Alabama alumnus to pass for 300 yards in an NFL game since Nov. 4, 1990, when Jeff Rutledge threw for 363 yards in the Washington Redskins’ 41-38 victory over the Detroit Lions.

“I thought he made a lot of plays for us, especially in the fourth quarter,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said of Tagovailoa. “Made some throws into tight windows, scrambled a little bit, put us in position to score some points.

“But at the end of the day, I’m sure he’s not satisfied. None of us are. We got to do a better job. Got to make more plays. They made more plays than we did.”

Gesicki caught a 7-yard touchdown pass with 1:35 left in the first quarter and a 29-yard touchdown pass with 12:03 left in the fourth quarter. The first touchdown helped Miami build a 10-0 lead. The second started a comeback from a 30-10 deficit. Kansas City’s run of 30 unanswered points included a safety by Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones when he sacked Tagovailoa in the end zone.

After an six-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Gesicki’s second TD reception, the Dolphins moved 75 yards in 14 plays for a 1-yard touchdown sneak by Tagovailoa with 4:14 remaining that cut Kansas City’s lead to 30-24.

The Chiefs came back with a field goal with 68 seconds left. The Dolphins matched that with 16 seconds remaining, and Kansas City recovered an onside kick to secure the victory.

In the fourth quarter, Tagovailoa completed 12-of-16 passes for 150 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions and ran three times for 12 yards and one touchdown.

“We didn’t execute the way we should have,” Tagovailoa said, “and I think – not that I think – I know a lot of that falls down on me with the leadership with these guys in the third quarter, not taking what the defense is giving me, pretty much plain rookie mistakes, and you can’t do that against a Super Bowl-caliber team like the Chiefs.”

In the second quarter, a long pass from Tagovailoa bounced off grant and into the hands of Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu for an interception. The turnover ended a streak of 153 passes without an interception by Tagovailoa, the longest streak in NFL history to start a career.

While the Chiefs improved to 12-1, the Dolphins dropped to 8-5 with the New England Patriots, Las Vegas Raiders and Buffalo Bills left on their regular-season schedule.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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