Ravens vs. Dolphins score: Tua Tagovailoa throws six TDs, leads Miami to shocking fourth-quarter comeback – CBS Sports

Ravens vs. Dolphins score: Tua Tagovailoa throws six TDs, leads Miami to shocking fourth-quarter comeback - CBS Sports

If there’s any reason to show why Tua Tagovailoa is the franchise quarterback in Miami, Sunday’s amazing fourth quarter comeback against the Baltimore Ravens should silence the doubters. Tagovailoa threw for four touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Miami Dolphins rallied from a 21-point deficit to shock the Ravens 42-38.

Tagovailoa threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle with 14 seconds left to complete the massive comeback — and tie the Dolphins’ franchise record with six touchdown passes in a game. The Dolphins rallied behind the three big playmakers: Tagovailoa, Waddle and Tyreek Hill — as Miami’s top two receivers caught three touchdown passes in the final quarter to help Miami pull off the upset. The victory marks the biggest comeback in franchise history entering the fourth quarter.

Hill caught a 48-yard touchdown as well as a 60-yard touchdown run from Tagovailoa in a span of 2:28 to tie the game with 5:19 left. He finished with 11 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns while Waddle had 11 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Tagovailoa finished 36 of 50 for 469 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions (both coming in the first half) and a 124.1 passer rating.

The Ravens built a 35-14 lead after three quarters behind the play of Lamar Jackson, who finished 21 of 29 for 318 yards and three touchdowns and rushed nine times for 119 yards and a score. Jackson is the first player to have a 75-yard passing touchdown and a 75-yard rushing touchdown in the same game. He also had his 11th 100-yard rushing game as a quarterback, breaking Michael Vick’s record for most in NFL history.

The Dolphins never held a lead until scoring the game-winning TD.

This was the game of the year in the NFL, one that you can see a wild recap of in the live blog below!

Why the Dolphins won

The Dolphins looked dead in the water until Tua Tagovailoa and the vertical passing game arrived in the fourth quarter. Tagovailoa threw four touchdown passes in the quarter and 189 yards to lead Miami’s comeback. The Dolphins outscored the Ravens 28-3 in the final frame.

Tagovailoa is only the second quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter on the road, joining Joe Montana in 1989.

Why the Ravens lost

Although the Ravens secondary had two turnovers, they couldn’t make the play to stop the deep ball — or the Dolphins’ drive. Marcus Williams dropped an interception opportunity from Tagovailoa in the second half to slow the momentum, but Tagovailoa was able to find Hill deep against a rebuilt Ravens secondary with Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey back.

Baltimore’s offense became stagnant after Jackson’s 79-yard touchdown run, having just 89 yards in 18 plays for just three points. The Ravens finished with just 33 rushing yards from their running backs, which doesn’t help when Baltimore is trying to close out games. Jackson can’t do it all, although he almost did on Sunday.

Turning point

Tagovailoa threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Hill with to cut Miami’s deficit to 35-28 with 7:47 left – the first big play to Hill that sparked the Dolphins’ vertical passing game. The Dolphins quarterback took advantage of a gassed Baltimore defense and lobbed the pass up for Hill.

Hill got past the defenders and had to slow down just to corral the ball for the score. That set the tone for Miami’s next possession, when Tagovailoa found Hill for a 60-yard touchdown to tie the game 35-35 with 5:19 left.

The deep pass brought Miami back into the game, and kept the Ravens defense on their heels for the remainder of the contest.

Game of the game

Tagovailoa’s pass to Waddle with 14 seconds left gives the Dolphins the 42-38 lead and capped the thrilling comeback. Miami didn’t play for overtime when Tagovailoa scrambled left, stayed in the pocket, and threw the winner to a leaping Waddle for the lead.

The Dolphins never led in this game until 14 seconds left. Tagovailoa tied the franchise record for touchdown passes in a game with six, matching Bob Griese and Dan Marino. That was the play that may have silenced the doubters about Tagovailoa being a franchise quarterback.

The quote

“It’s a collection of everybody working together. The offensive line gave me time in the backfield. The receivers got open and I was able to get the ball to them because they were able to get yards after the catch. We just have to keep playing. regardless of what does the scoreboard look like.” — Tua Tagovailoa to CBS on his six-touchdown performance.


The Dolphins (2-0) host the Buffalo Bills (1-0) next Sunday in an AFC East battle. The Ravens (1-1) travel to Foxborough to face the New England Patriots (1-1) next Sunday.

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