” Your! “
” Your! “
” Your! “
And then he stopped before entering the tunnel to bow out, a rare celebratory moment for the Miami Dolphins this season.
Xavier Howard forced a fumble and sent it back 49 yards for a touchdown, Tagovailoa came off the bench and capped his night with a one-yard sneak for a score with 2:19 to go and the Dolphins knocked out the Ravens from Baltimore 22-10 Thursday night.
“Any win is good,” Tagovailoa said. “No rumors, no external noise factors had anything to do with what we did tonight. “
The Dolphins (3-7) have had three baskets of Jason Sanders in what became their second victory in five days. Tagovailoa – who couldn’t start due to a broken finger on his left hand, or a hand throw – threw 158 meters in relief from Jacoby Brissett, who passed 156 yards before having to start in the third quarter with a right knee injury.
“I think it’s difficult to get into a game, in the second half,” Tagovailoa said. “You have to warm up, you have to get back into the state of mind to get in and play, but that’s the NFL. You have to be ready at all times. “
Baltimore’s 51-game regular-season streak with at least 14 points – the second-longest streak in NFL history behind 63 New England-led games from 2009 to 2013 – has come to an end.
An emphatic end to that.
“We just played badly and it’s because of our training,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “It starts with me. I didn’t do a good job preparing these guys. “
The Miami defense led an offense that injured a quarterback, left him injured in his stead and saw his only trip to the end zone in the first 57 minutes come from an offensive lineman who reached just far enough on a back flip to get the ball over the goal line – only so that it didn’t count because he wasn’t an eligible receiver.
It didn’t matter. The offense has done enough, and the defense has done more than enough.
“The defense played really well,” Tagovailoa said.
Lamar Jackson completed 26 of 43 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown for Baltimore (6-3). Marc Andrews won the scoreline for the Ravens, who had dominated Miami in the teams’ last three meetings on Thursday – winning by a combined score of 137-16.
Not this time. Not even close.
“We have to go to work,” Harbaugh said. “We have to be a lot better. “
Brissett completed 52 yards for Isaiah Ford late in the half on what seemed like a failed game that turned into Miami’s longest win of the season – at this point, anyway. Sanders connected on a chip shot, the Dolphins took a 6-3 lead into the break and somehow had the lead in earnest.
Andrews’ scoring take took Baltimore to 15-10, just close enough that it looked like Miami was on the ropes. Tagovailoa found Albert Wilson for a 64-yard gain – Miami’s longest play of the season and longest assist of Tagovailoa’s NFL career – with about three minutes to go, then the QB beefed up a 1 to seal the victory .
“We just didn’t play a good game of football,” Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell noted. “In the end, they played better football than us today. “
The closest attack came from the end zone as the game’s first 55 minutes was a play halfway through the third quarter, when Tagovailoa passed a pass to the right guard. Robert Hunt. The lineman growled towards the goal line, turned and appeared to hit the ball over the plane.
It wouldn’t have mattered anyway. Hunt was not an eligible receiver, the Dolphins were content with a field goal and a 9-3 lead.
And not long after, finally, a TD happened. Howard withdrew the ball from the Ravens wide receiver Sammy Watkins after a catch over possession of Baltimore that followed, picked up the fumble and scored to give Miami a 15-3 lead.
“A great game,” said Dolphins coach Brian Flores. “X, he did a great job for us and he showed up again, played a big game in a big time. We needed it. I took it out, bailed it out and scored. Big play in the game. “
Ravens: CB Young Tavon, who suffered from a knee problem, injured his foot in the second half.
Runners-up: Brissett looked like he wanted to return to the game shortly after injuring his knee, but Tagovailoa finished the game for Miami. “We just decided to stay with Tua,” said Flores.
One rarity: the Orlando Magic has received acclaim in Miami. Magic rookie goaltender Jalen Suggs made the trip south for the game, and the Dolphins gave him a personalized jersey bearing his number 4. Suggs is the first cousin of the former Baltimore defensive back. Terrell Suggestions.
VETERANS DAY TRIBUTES
In addition to having the American flag displayed for the national anthem, the Dolphins also had flags from branches of the military and a POW-MIA flag also displayed. The anthem was performed by retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Gen. Wilson.
And at halftime, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performed a precision rifle drill.
Ravens: In Chicago on November 21.
Dolphins: at the New York Jets on November 21.
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