Tannehill leads Dolphins to comeback, 3-0 start

AP

Ryan Tannehill took a huge step in his development as an NFL quarterback, and the Dolphins took one toward legitimacy.

The Dolphins came back for a 27-23 win over the Falcons, getting to 3-0 for the first time since 2002.

Tannehill capped a 13-play, 75-yard drive with a short pass to tight end Dion Sims for the game-winning touchdown, showing poise throughout after an early fumble and interception.

The win was also impressive for the Dolphins, who played most of the game without pass-urhser Cameron Wake (knee).

The Falcons now drop to 1-2, allowing the Saints to open up a two-game lead in the NFC South.

63 responses to “Tannehill leads Dolphins to comeback, 3-0 start

  1. Alright , now — come on , guys , Miami didn’t win this game , Atlanta lost it. The Dolphins are my favorite team , and I’m happy with the win , but they probably did not deserve to win this game.
    Still , if you told me they’d be 3-0 after the first three games , I’d have told you you were nuts. It doesn’t get any easier for the Fins next week.

  2. That sinking feeling I’ve had these past few years when the Dolphins would be in a close game are starting to go away this year…

    Nice change of pace on Sundays now.

    Go Phins!

  3. Tannehill is looking like Drew Brees out there. I don’t know if he has the arm strength, but nine different Dolphins caught a pass. That kind of ball distribution is very impressive for a second year player against top shelf competition. Maybe it’s time to quit slobbering over RG3, and pay attention to a better second year QB who might not be as flashy, but who can win a football game and deliver in the clutch.

  4. The Dolphins have taken a giant step since last season. We haven’t seen a drive like that in Miami since Marino. This team is real, and with the Pats’ struggles the division could easily be ours. Great win Dolphins.

  5. Watching this game, it struck me that mentioning Joe Flacco in the same breath as Matt Ryan is a travesty. With all his weapons, Ryan makes Schaub look good. All Flacco does is win. Don’t put him on your fantasy team. You will be disappointed. He doesn’t care about stats; all he does is win. And don’t give me that crap about a devastating defense. The Ravens are still averaging 2.3 TDs a game against their defense.

    While you are at eating crow, let me throw in the 49er Messiah, Colin Kaepernick. Kind of wish you had Alex Smith back? Or perhaps you want to compare Washington’s wonderboy. RGII sure looks human this season doesn’t he; outplayed by second tier guy Matt Stafford.

    LMAO!!!

  6. tannehil has now out played two of the best qb’s in the game in luck and ryan. Defense who was short handed played solid, Jordan came in and was pressuring ryan often into bad throws on third down, Sturgis is money, coaches are on point, and they are only getting better. Need guys to get healthy and the sky is the limit for this team

  7. Matt Ryan is said to have had Donovan McNabb as his idol. He has Julio Jones & Roddy White over Pinkston & Mitchell. His “clutch” interceptions have no excuse.

    That’s something the two Matt’s have in common. They fold under pressure.

  8. jakec4 says:
    Sep 22, 2013 7:15 PM
    Tannehill is looking like Drew Brees out there.
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    Brees doesn’t fumble on half his sacks and doesn’t fail to see easy checkdowns

  9. craniator, what in the name of Ray finkle are you talking about? So a team who drove 75 yards in the last two minutes on a picture perfect drive didn’t deserve to win? Seems like they earned it to me

  10. craniator says:
    Sep 22, 2013 7:12 PM
    Alright , now — come on , guys , Miami didn’t win this game , Atlanta lost it. The Dolphins are my favorite team , and I’m happy with the win , but they probably did not deserve to win this game.
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    Here’s the thing. Past Dolphins teams would have lost this game (and the one they controlled last week). That’s a HUGE step forward for the Dolphins.

    Yes, the Falcons had injuries but so do the Dolphins. The team looked very shaky on both sides of the ball at different times throughout the game but they rallied to right the ship and earn a victory against a quality Falcons team (even with key injuries).

    Many Dolphins fans have been saying they could be a strong team. It was the media (and gun-shy fans “from Missouri”) who laughed at the team and criticized the off-season moves. The fact is that Ireland and Philbin have built a solid playoff caliber team. It is all about execution at this point and that has been good so far.

  11. This team is real, and with the Pats’ struggles the division could easily be ours

    Big win. I agree except for easily. It won’t be easy. Should be good division games to look forward to.

  12. @ craniator says:
    Sep 22, 2013 7:12 PM
    Alright , now — come on , guys , Miami didn’t win this game , Atlanta lost it.

    What are you talking about that 4-5 minute drive ending in a TD leaving ATL 38 secs left is the absolute definition of “winning the game” get a clue man RT17 is the real deal.

  13. @craniator

    how did atlanta exactly blow this one? It seemed to me the phins defense did pretty well 2nd half besides the tannehill fumble with short field position.

  14. This was their third come from behind win, but this was the most impressive. Atlanta controlled the game right up until the Dolphins final drive, then the Dolphins did what winning teams do, they dug down and found a way to when it.

    No, the Falcons didn’t lose it as they dominated the game; on the contrary, the Dolphins got up off the mat went out and won it. They’re not just moving towards legitimacy, they proved today that they are right now.

    PS.
    Hopefully the Saints don’t consider the Dolphins legit, but I bet they do.

  15. jakec4 says:
    Sep 22, 2013 7:15 PM

    “Tannehill is looking like Drew Brees out there. I don’t know if he has the arm strength”

    I like your post, but that sentence… Tannehill has a cannon arm. He’s out-thrown Wallace in practice, so arm strength isn’t the concern, the concern has been weapons around him and his inexperience at the position. We can see dude is coming along well, Philbin isn’t throwing too much on him.

  16. blackhawks2010 says:
    Big win, Dolphins are playing over their heads.
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    Actually, they really haven’t played up to their full potential yet. This win was huge for this teams confidence. They’re only going to get better.

  17. wearethechampsandyourenot says:

    see ya in 14 days

    #champs
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    We’ll be here. Looking forward to it.

    #thechamps

  18. I love that the Fins are 3-0… But the play calling was so super conservative! 2nd and 10 in the third…I’m not calling a running play up the middle! This team could be special with a little ingenuity, but as an old Miami fan, we’ve seen this before and right now the Pats are thinking that they only have to beat Miami…

  19. “Tannehill is looking like Drew Brees out there. I don’t know if he has the arm strength, but nine different Dolphins caught a pass. ”

    I wouldn’t compare him to Brees but Tannehill has an absolute cannon for an arm.

  20. That Falcon defense remains terrible. Won’t win anything meaningful trotting that crap out there game after game.

    Maybe they’ll draft some more WR’s to compensate.

  21. The bottom line is its not how cool it looks, its did you win. In Jan they don’t look at cool, they look at your won record. To day we didn’t look cool, that is until we got to the 1 yard line and won, talk about balls, the fins have them. Bill

  22. stillperfect says: Sep 22, 2013 7:42 PM

    And in other news Jake Long looked like a turnstile out there today! Rams fans are already complaining about him.

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    Jake Long became the “old maid” with the dolphins.

    Dolphins passed it to the rams.

  23. Hey Saints and Ravens fans, just keep underestimating the Phins. We got the same invitations from the Colts and Falcons fans and you’ll notice they disappeared. The Dolphins are playing with house money now, the “experts” (and you too probably) said they would be 0-3 right now.

  24. Looking forward to Florio’s logic as he places Dolphins in the bottom 3rd of the power rankings this week.

  25. Dolphinz won even though it looked like Sherman and his ultra conservative play-calling was trying to lose it, they didn’t even try to stretch the field at all. not once!

  26. @craniator—–I love it when people say ‘so and so team didn’t win the game, the other team lost it.’ Tannehill moved the offense because Atlanta’s defense didn’t stop him. Isn’t that a quality play (s) that defines the best QB’s, putting their team on their back and getting the win. Poor craniator. Has a cranium with no gray matter inside it.

  27. And in other news Jake Long looked like a turnstile out there today! Rams fans are already complaining about him.

    Well, DeMarcus Ware makes a lot of Tackles look bad. Today he put Long on the ground at least 3 times, it was hilarious

  28. All summer, preseason, and the first two weeks I’ve been reading people on here saying that the dolphins dont have a QB and that Tannehill can’t cut it… Well what do you have to say now haters? RT17 and the phins are 3-0

  29. sclazo says:
    Sep 22, 2013 7:54 PM

    Thanks for Gibson Rams!
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    And you’re more than welcome for Jake Long.
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    Tell you what: I’ve heard a lot about how RT17 sucks and Wallace is a one-trick pony, but I’d take both of them over most of the players on the teams of the people who have said these comments. And for those who said that Miami only won last week because Indy sucks…….well, they sucked just enough to beat the 49ers pretty badly. Go Fins.

  30. The fins are much improved from last couple yrs and so are the chiefs but lets be honest neither team will actually make the playoffs, not disrespect just telling the truth they are still very young and 2-3 away from being contenders come January!

  31. hehateme2 | Sep 22, 2013, 5:34 PM PDT

    Cajun folk are dumb… learn proper English.

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    Um, have you checked your screen name? Pot/kettle.

    BTW, in addition to whoever the “he” is, all of Who Dat Nation hates you now too.

  32. For those of you wishing to pooh-pooh on the dolphins 3-0 start take note. They have won two opening road games and now beat the Falcons. Two of these wins have come against playoff teams last year. These wins have come with a roster that has been fighting key injuries. So keep your biases in check and give credit where its due. Joe Philbins and the rest of the fins coaching staff deserve much credit for doing what they are supposed to do. Prepare you team to win the games each and every week!

  33. greatestgamensports says:
    The fins are much improved from last couple yrs and so are the chiefs but lets be honest neither team will actually make the playoffs, not disrespect just telling the truth they are still very young and 2-3 away from being contenders come January!
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    Same guy a few centuries earlier…
    greatestgameinsports says: “Sure, the numbers say the earth is round, but anyone can see it’s really flat.

  34. Although they started poorly and trailed for all of 38 seconds, the game was fairly even statistically except maybe in time of possession. The turnovers were even, and it was basically a tale of two halves with Atlanta taking the first half, and Miami the second.

    The Dolphins have also changed logos. I remember when the Bengals went to striped helmets in ’81 and went to the Super Bowl. Maybe, OK, I won’t get ahead of myself, but at least now it is a realistic expectation to say “Playoffs” and not sound like JIM MORA!

    Great coaching job, REGIS!

  35. 3 – 0 Start unbelievable. Just how good is this team, because i have no clue. This team drives me nuts. We beat the Colts a playoff caliber team and they dumped all over the Niners supposedly one of the elite teams which they still are. I know you cant compare or judge a team like that i am just trying gauge were we are in the grand scheme. I suppose its what we do in our Div games but a least we are giving some of the haters some food for thought.

  36. Id just like to point out that the “terrible AFC East” is now 9-3. And NONE of the loses have come from outside the division.

    And they are 4-0 against the “tough” NFC South.

  37. Id just like to point out that the “terrible AFC East” is now 9-3. And NONE of the loses have come from outside the division.

    And they are 4-0 against the “tough” NFC South.

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    I heard Brees does pretty well on MNF at home. just sayin…

  38. ogsaintcharles says: Sep 22, 2013 11:03 PM
    hehateme2 | Sep 22, 2013, 5:34 PM PDT

    Cajun folk are dumb… learn proper English.

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    Um, have you checked your screen name? Pot/kettle.

    BTW, in addition to whoever the “he” is, all of Who Dat Nation hates you now too.

    To Troll Saint Charles,
    The screen name was taken from a past Arena league player named hehateme.
    So there’s that.

    As for who dat “nation”… a question. Do you all still have your bags for your heads? Great history there.

    No one cares about your “nation.” I stand by my comment… learn proper English and don’t sound so illiterate .

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