In the months leading up to the 2012 NFL draft, we heard plenty about Ryan Tannehill's weaknesses, namely inexperience and rawness.
There was another weakness that went overlooked: his ability to close games.
With Tannehill under center in 2011, Texas A&M blew four double-digit halftime leads. Entering Sunday's game, he was yet to lead the Dolphins to a comeback victory or put together a signature game-winning drive.
On Sunday, Tannehill put any outstanding concerns about his late-game play to rest. He led the Dolphins on three scoring drives within the last 12 minutes of the fourth quarter (two of the drives were of more than 80 yards). On the drive that set up Dan Carpenter's game-winning field goal, Tannehill was 3-of-3 for 51 yards.
In total, he finished the afternoon with this stat line: 18/26, 253 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 97.1 Rating.
Although Tannehill was nothing shy of spectacular in the fourth quarter, he was anything but in the other three quarters of this game. He made some absolutely awful decisions—most notably throwing across his body over the middle at the 6-yard line—and struggled to move the chains.
Overall, this was a promising and positive step in Tannehill's development, but let's not ignore the first three quarters of his afternoon.