Dolphins vs Bears score takeaway: Tua Tagovailoa defeats Justin Fields in historic performance game

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields played Sunday’s game as if it were a Saturday showdown between Alabama and State of the State. Ohio, each putting up numbers one could only imagine in an NCAA football video game in the Dolphins’ 35-32 win over Chicago. Tagovailoa became the first quarterback in Dolphins history with more than 300 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and no interceptions in consecutive games thanks to his 302 passing yards and three scores on 21 passes on 30.

Fields took on Tagovailoa and his high-powered pass catchers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle with a performance never seen before. Fields became the first player in NFL history with three passing touchdowns and more than 150 rushing yards in the same game. He also broke the NFL regular season quarterback’s single-game rushing yards record with 178 against Miami, including 61 on his only rushing score of the day. Fields’ rushing touchdown marked the longest run of his career. Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick had the previous record with 173 rushing yards in Week 13 of the 2002 season against the Minnesota Vikings.

One of the main differences between Tagovailoa and Fields’ afternoon was how the Miami point guards worked magic on their own, because essentially everything the Bears did offensively stemmed solely from the game. unique brilliance of Fields. Hill finished with seven receptions, 143 receiving yards and a three-yard receiving touchdown, bringing his season total for receiving yards to 1,104, the most in a player’s first nine games in the Super era. Bowl. Hill broke the Calvin Johnson Hall of Fame record of 1,083 receiving yards in his first nine games of the 2013 season.

Waddle also showed up for his quarterback, recording 85 receiving yards and one touchdown on five catches. The dynamic Dolphins duo totaled 1,916 receiving yards this season, the most by teammates in nine games in the Super Bowl era. They broke the previous record of 1,878 receiving yards set by “The Greatest Show on Turf,” Hall of Fame formidable duo Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt.

The Dolphins scored touchdowns on four of their first five offensive possessions with their fifth score of the day on the Bears’ first punt, which they blocked for a 25-yard return score. Fields had one last chance to lead the Bears to overtime or a win with Chicago taking possession of the ball with 2:50 left. He was only able to earn one first down before a sack and consecutive failures thwarted their final efforts.

The win takes the Dolphins to 6-3 overall and 6-0 on the season when Tagovailoa starts and ends a game. Chicago drops to 3-6 overall with losses in five of its last six games after starting the season 2-1.

Why the Dolphins won

The Dolphins couldn’t be stopped from the get-go, scoring an offensive touchdown on four of their first five drives in addition to their special teams seven points blocking a punt for a score. Tagovailoa completed his first nine passes for 111 yards and a touchdown on the Dolphins’ first two touchdowns. Shanahan’s offense that head coach Mike McDaniel imported to Miami – after working alongside current San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in 14 of his 15 NFL seasons in as an assistant with five different teams – took his quarterback’s game to another level. Tagovailoa leads the NFL in yards per attempt (9.2) and passer rating (115.9) for nine weeks. If he can maintain that level through the end of the season, Tagovailoa would be the first Dolphin to lead the NFL in passer ratings since Dan Marino in his 1984 MVP season.

Tagovailoa’s best was needed after Fields’ career-long 61-yard touchdown cut Miami’s lead to three, 28-25. He delivered, walking the Dolphins 75 yards all the way down the field, and he punctuated the drive with his third and final touchdown of the day to trade deadline pick-up, running back Jeff Wilson Jr. The Connection stretched Miami’s lead to double-numbers, 35-25. McDaniel continues his rebuilding of the 49ers backfield he coached for five seasons (2017-21) with Raheem Mostert and Wilson Jr. once again leading his running back depth chart.

Why the Bears lost

Playing from behind isn’t a recipe for success for this Bears team which leads the football on 59.5% of its offensive plays, the highest rate in the NFL. Chicago faced 11-point deficits twice, down 21-10 in the second quarter and 28-17 in the third quarter. Fields’ legs and arm accounted for 301 of Chicago’s 378 total yards, with running back David Montgomery finishing as the team’s second-leading running back with 36 yards on 14 carries and wide receiver Darnell Mooney finishing as as the team’s leading receiver with 43 yards and a touchdown on seven catches. The quarterback was just one more rush, 15, but 142 more rushing yards than Montgomery.

For the Bears to finish these types of rocking offensive plays, Fields needs more of his supporting cast. His last pass of the day hit a diving Equanimeous St. Brown to the chest, but the receiver couldn’t hang on to a potentially extended hold. Tight end Cole Kmet recorded a career-high two touchdowns in the red zone, but he didn’t add much else to the offense in terms of his ability to regularly help move chains, finishing with five receptions for 41 receiving yards.

Turning

Wilson Jr.’s 10-yard catch-and-run for six stood up as the game-winning touchdown, creating a double-digit lead that Fields and the Bears simply couldn’t reach before the end of regulation. The newly acquired running back co-led the Dolphins with him and Mostert each with nine. However, the Dolphins’ most recent former 49er running back led the team in rushing yards with 51. It was an encouraging start as McDaniel can continue to reintegrate Wilson Jr. into his game plans at higher volumes. more important.

Game of the game

The game of the game is Miami’s blocked punt they return for a touchdown as they needed the five touchdowns the team scored today to delay Fields’ historic outing. The special teams score allowed the Dolphins to relax for the first time on Sunday as it gave them their first double-digit lead of the game, 21-10.

And after

The Dolphins will return home for one more game before their Week 11 bye against the Cleveland Browns. The Bears host one of their NFC North rivals, the Detroit Lions in Week 10, a team that is coming off a 15-9 takedown of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The Lions forced the back-to-back NFL MVP to multiple interceptions in a division game for the first time since Week 17 of the 2013 season.

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