Tua Tagovailoa scores his first 300-yard pass for Dolphins


In his sixth NFL start, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa recorded his first 300-yard pass, scored his first rushing touchdown and threw his first NFL intercept against Sunday’s 33-27 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The dolphins took advantage of the Super Bowl defending champions and were able to acquire their abilities with a dwindling depth chart as the game progressed. Running quarterback Myles Gaskin, Matt Breida and Salvon Ahmed – the first three rushers – were not dressed for the game, starting wide goalkeeper DeVante Parker left with an injury in the first half, close end start Mike Gesicki left with an injury in the second half and 2 Wide customer Jakeem Grant was on and off before he left.

Lynn Bowden, who had five bets for 40 yards this season, caught seven of 82 passes as Miami’s leading bettor on Sunday. DeAndre Washington, who had 15 yards in 51 yards in 2020, led the dolphins, 35 yards by 13 yards.

“I’m very confident with any boy I play with,” Tagovailoa said. “I have to get a lot of reps with a lot of guys. … I think these guys did a great job of stepping up in this game because a lot of guys failed, but regardless, it just never feels good to lose, no matter who’s inside.

The former Alabama All-American passed 28 of the 48 for 316 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, and ran 24 yards and a touchdown six times.

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

“I thought he made a lot of games for us, especially in the fourth quarter,” said Dolphins coach Brian Flores about Tagovailoa. “He did a few throws into the tight windows, he got a little confused, he put us in a position to score points.

“But at the end of the day, I’m sure you’re not happy.” None of us are. We had to do a better job. I need to make more pieces. They made more pieces than we did.

Gesicki caught a 7-yard touchdown with 1:35 in the first quarter and a 29-yard touchdown with 12:03 in the fourth quarter. The first touch helped Miami get a 10-0 lead. He started the return from the second 30-10 disadvantage. The run of 30 unanswered points in Kansas City involved the safety of Chiefs defending team Chris Jones when he kicked Tagovailoa in the final zone.

Gesicki ended his second TD bet with a six-player, 80-yard lead, with the Dolphins moving 75 yards in 14 games after a 1-yard touchdown by Tagovailoa to stay 4:14, reducing Kansas City’s lead to 30-24.

The Chiefs returned with a field goal in 68 seconds. The dolphins matched for the remaining 16 seconds and Kansas City restored a kick to secure the victory.

In the fourth quarter, Tagovailoa made 12 of 16 passes over 150 yards with a single touch and no interception, and ran three times during 12 yards and a touchdown.

“We didn’t do our job the way it should have,” Tagovailoa said, “and I think — not like I think — I know a lot of things fall on me for driving with the guys in the third quarter, I don’t take what the defense is for me pretty much smooth rookie makes mistakes, and that can’t be done against a Super Bowl-caliber team like the Chiefs.

In the second quarter, Tagovailoa’s long pass cut back the support and Tyrann Mathieu put it into the hands of the lead security. The turn took a series of 153 passes without capturing Tagovailoa, the longest career in NFL history.

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

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