Yesterday, the Miami Dolphins celebrated a total team win over the defensive powered Seattle Seahawks. The Dolphins played their first complete football game in three weeks, and were down the majority of the game. In the end it came down to the battle of the two rookie quarterbacks, Miami’s Ryan Tannehill and Seattle’s Russell Wilson. While Wilson beat Tannehill in almost every stat, Wilson failed to move the chains with time running out in Miami territory, and gave Tannehill enough time to lead a fourth quarter comeback. With roughly a minute and a half left in the game, Tannehill executed what I consider to be his best drive this season, leading the Fins offense from their own ten yard line deep into Seattle territory. Tannehill completed two beautiful passes to WR Davone Bess, and even scrambled for a lengthy gain to pick up a first down. Tannehill completed his passes crisply and precisely, and made zero errors. Even after getting picked off twice (one was called back), Tannehill kept his cool during the most important drive of the game.
The finishing icing on the victory cake came on a Dan Carpenter 43 yard field goal as time expired. Not only did Carpenter break the curse of missing the big kicks (NY, AZ), but he also won the game on his birthday. While turning 27, Dan “The Man” Carpenter gave Miami a much needed win over the Seahawks, a win that not only keeps Miami alive in the AFC playoff picture, but a win that will set the tone for the rest of the season. Hats off to Dan Carpenter, Happy Birthday!