Overall Game Grade — A
Why not an A+? Because of the first quarter interception. Other than that, Tannehill was excellent in the pocket, throwing for 253 yards and a touchdown to go along with the interception, completing 18 out of 26 passes.
Tannehill was at his best when Miami needed him the most, completing his last five passes leading to a touchdown on one drive, followed by the game-winning field goal.
Fourth Quarter — A+
Tannehill’s first two passes of the fourth quarter were bullets that gave Miami first-downs. The first one to Charles Clay was zipped in there perfectly, while his pass to Davone Bess wasn’t the best throw, but instead an example of doing a great job reading the defense and reacting to what they were giving him (a wide-open Davone Bess).
Tannehill did make one mistake in throwing an interception, however the call would be overruled thanks to Tannehill getting hit in the head on the play, giving Miami new life, and on the ensuing play there would be a touchdown run by Daniel Thomas.
The next drive would start off with some nice runs by Reggie Bush, but it would be Tannehill who scored the touchdown thanks to a beautiful 29-yard pass to Charles Clay. While the running game spearheaded the drive, Tannehill was able to evade heavy pressure twice against the Seahawks defense, with one of them coming on third-and-seven (completed pass to Daniel Thomas).
Tannehill would have a chance to win the game for Miami with 1:32 left with the drive starting at their own 10-yard line. The drive would start off well, with Tannehill connecting with Bess two passes to Bess, along with a 15-yard gain on a scramble, which put Miami at the Seattle 37-yard line.
Tannehill would then find Clay (who would go out of bounds to stop the clock), which along with a four yard run by Daniel Thomas would set up a Tannehill field goal attempt.
The kick was good, giving Tannehill his first of hopefully many fourth-quarter comebacks.
Third Quarter — C
Tannehill’s first drive of the half would start off well enough, as he completed two passes to Brian Hartline, gaining a first down out of one of them. However on the other pass, Hartline was short, causing Seattle to decline an illegal shift penalty on the Dolphins and force them to punt it away.
Meanwhile Ryan Tannehill would break one of Dan Marino’s records, hopefully the first of many as he passed Marino in passing yards by a quarterback in a rookie season. However with the way the running game has performed in the second half, Tannehill might be forced to obliterate that record (and not make any mistakes) in order for Miami to have a chance in this game.
Right after breaking the record, Tannehill would gain 19-yards on a run of his own, but one problem with it: why didn’t he slide? Maybe it would’ve prevented the sprinklers from going off.
Second Quarter — B+
Miami played it conservatively in the second quarter, with the running game picking up a majority of the yards. However Tannehill still managed to give the Dolphins three very good throws, all for completions to Charles Clay and Davone Bess.
First Quarter — F
The good news about Ryan Tannehill in the first quarter is he out-performed Russell Wilson. The bad news however is he gained only 17 yards and already threw an interception. So far not a great start for the rookie.