Dolphins outlast Cardinals for 34-31 win

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The NFL’s current scheduling procedures call for the Dolphins and Cardinals to play each other every four years and that sounds like a bad thing given the way Sunday’s game between the teams played out.

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa turned in starring performances in an entertaining game that you’d like to see more often. As it stands, though, Murray’s going to have to wait a while for a shot at beating the Dolphins.

Zane Gonzalez was short on a 49-yard field goal attempt just after the two minute warning and the Dolphins were able to run out the clock on a 34-31 win. Tagovailoa got the final yard needed for the fateful first down and that was a fitting end for the rookie’s day.

Tagovailoa was 20-of-28 for 248 yards and two touchdowns. His second scoring pass was Mack Hollins‘ first catch as a Dolphin and it tied the score with just over 11 minutes left to play in the game. He then drove the team for a 50-yard Jason Sanders field goal that put them up with 3:30 left.

Sanders’ kick was set up by the biggest defensive play of the game. The Dolphins stuffed Chase Edmonds on fourth-and-one at the Dolphins’ 40-yard-line to give Tagovailoa a short field to work with.

The choice to use Edmonds on that play and on two plays ahead of the missed field goal is one that should lead to questions for head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Murray ran 11 times for 106 yards and a touchdown, including 15 yards on that drive and 28 yards on a previous fourth down run.

Murray also completed 21-of-26 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns, but he was incomplete to Christian Kirk one play before Gonzalez’s kick. That made for a tough finish for the 2019 first overall pick and he’ll try for a better outcome against the Bills next week.

Tagovailoa and company will be back home to face the Chargers. They’ll carry a four-game winning streak into that matchup of 2020 first-round quarterbacks.

46 responses to “Dolphins outlast Cardinals for 34-31 win

  1. Entertaining game. Tua looked great in his second start. I’m surprised the cardinals didnt go for it on that 4&1.

  2. The Dolphins haven’t been this fun to watch in over twenty years, it’s a new era of football in Miami. Fins up!

  3. Only loss to an NFC West team was Seattle 31-23.. Things are cooking down here in Miami.. We need WR’s though for Tua..

  4. For the first time since Dan Marino the Miami Dolphins have a real quarterback!
    Phins Up! 🐬 Mask On! 😷

  5. These analyst say the NFC West is such a tough division but it looks like even the dolphins are tougher than the NFC West!

  6. Is this the Tua everyone was looking for?? Last week folks were talking bust…patience is a must! The Dolphins are being built to win. This fins team is young, and the future looks bright.

  7. If I am Hopkins I am demanding a trade next season. What a joke. You give a guy a huge extension and then when every receiver is claiming to be the best you back up Hopkins by not even targeting him in the first half? Worst play calling ever.

  8. After Tua’s 1st game last week, some in this room were looking to 2021 draft for another QB. I thought, “take it easy people”. Well, at least Tua (2 games in) gets to play another week. Guys, I hear this guy Tua is pretty good. Chill.

  9. So much for the Jury being out on Tua. Every part of this game fell back on Tua’s shoulders and he carried the load every time. Amazing play on his part and so was that 4th and 1 stop for the Fins defense. Murray to me looked a little shaken at the end of his run on that late 3rd down play. Slugfest blow for blow and it was Tua that lead an offense with few weapons to put up 34. Big time performance to win 4th straight.

  10. So that NFCW is the best division and AFCE stinks? Idk but as a longtime Dolphins fan something is starting to happen that I haven’t seen in quite awhile

  11. Get this Dolphins Offense some stud WRs, RBs, TEs in next years draft and the sky is the limit.

  12. Tua played a clean game and protected the football.
    What more can you ask for.
    This is year 2 of a 3 year plan. Next season will be legitimate!!

  13. Everyone who is saying the Jury is not out, Tua is the best QB since Marino, and Tua is the answer. Let’s pump the brakes a bit. He has 2 starts under his belt. He looked bad last week, looked good this week. Let’s wait until he has a bit more of a body of work to analyze. I’d like to see him with some semblance of a running game, without one, it is going to be tough. Flores has done a very good job, but his lack of attention to the running game is inexcusable.

  14. Kyle Murray is a special player. Man, is he tough to contain! I really think the Cardinals could go deep in the playoffs with what they have across the board in their coaching staff and the talent on their roster. They have really turned it around in a little over a year. After receiving an incomplete in his first start, Tua passed the “eye test” in his second game. He didn’t have much of a running game to support him and when he was forced to make plays, he delivered. The ninety-three yard drive he orchestrated late in the third quarter after the Cardinals took over the lead and the momentum of the game, was a indication that the NFL isn’t too big of a stage for him and that he is fully healthy, both physically and mentally. So far, so good for the Dolphins.

  15. Last week people were bashing him but failing to acknowledge the Rams has twice the possession time that Miami had. I recall about 4 dropped passes too.
    TUA

  16. Maybe Nick Saban knew what he was talking about when he said it would be a mistake for the Dolphins to pass on this kid.

  17. Coach Flores may break the so-called Belechick Curse of former Pats coaches becoming HCs. Bill O’Brian won his division regularly as HC, but was undone when he became the defacto GM. Mike Vrabel turned the Titans around but he was a Pat’s LB, not a coach. Matt Patricia’s future looks somewhat doubtful. Too early to see how Joe Judge will do in NY. MY money is on Flores to be the most successful from the Belechick coaching tree.

  18. PFTSelectiveCensorship says:

    November 8, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Everyone who is saying the Jury is not out, Tua is the best QB since Marino, and Tua is the answer. Let’s pump the brakes a bit. He has 2 starts under his belt. He looked bad last week, looked good this week. Let’s wait until he has a bit more of a body of work to analyze. I’d like to see him with some semblance of a running game, without one, it is going to be tough. Flores has done a very good job, but his lack of attention to the running game is inexcusable.

     

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    Nobody is expecting Tua to be Marino unless they’re sick in the head. Anyone who watched Marino play can just imagine the numbers he’d put up nowadays.
    People forget this kid had a career ending injury just over a year ago. He just put together a masterful game. Dolphins fan or not it’s hard not to root for the guy.
    Also keeping in mind Miami has only selected 4 quarterbacks in the first round. Bob. Dan. Ryan. And now Tua(highest pick at 5) so yes there is excitement. But nobody and I mean nobody is Marino.

  19. phillyfinsfan says:
    November 8, 2020 at 8:28 pm
    I really think the Cardinals could go deep in the playoffs with what they have across the board in their coaching staff and the talent on their roster.
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    coaching staff is lacking

  20. Tua has nothing going for him at FB or RB. His WRs barely making separation. Oline has been solid but he’s making something of this team using guys who were practice squad dudes! Tua is the answer

  21. So Tua is the greatest thing since Marino? How many SBs did Dan win? How many SBs did he play in? Did he have a HOF coach? Heck,I think Trent Dilfer has a ring. Yes?

  22. Miami sent 10 guys on that stuffed 4&1 and Zach Seiler mightve been the only guy who won on that play and it was the only guy we needed. Murray played exceptional ball but the Dolphins made plays in all facets of the game while the Cardinals offense was the only side they had show up. It is rare to see a CB get called for PI FOUR TIMES in a game. Not Howards best day, showing he is no lockdown corner. That undrafted rookie Ahmed looked good and is already a more dynamic RB than Jordan Howard.

  23. Miami went on the road across the country against a really good team who had won 3 straight,, with a rookie QB making his second start, missing their top 2 running backs, losing one of their top two wide receivers during the game, playing with practice squad RBs and special teamers at WR, missing 5 asst coaches because of COVID, and won.

    Brian Flores is a fantastic coach.

  24. Kyler Murray is a load. Tua showed flashes of brilliance. That was a fun game. It is looking like after 20+ years of futility the Dolphins finally have a good coach and a quarterback. I hope it works out. This is my team. We’ve been god awful for a very long time. I am cautious because I have been burned so many times. Please get speedsters and bruising backs in the draft. Make us fans happy to finally have a team! Go Tua! Go Dolphins!

  25. Either Tua is for real, or the Cardinals aren’t as good as we think they are. I heard someone say that Kyler Murray is who we thought Lamar Jackson would be. Oh really? As much of a mirage as anyone wants to say last season was and credit it as an aberration, he doesn’t produce as many interceptions as Kyler does. None today, but it’s still a glaring issue. His skill set alone would be the reason Kilff Kingsbury would’ve gone for the 4th & 1 and have a better chance of having won this game. He knows Zane Gonzalez his shaky. Lamar wouldn’t have lost to the Panthers or the Lions/Dolphins at home no matter how much better of a team they are with Tua at the helm. Kluge Kingsbury was always a puzzling head coach hire. The air raid isn’t really working in the league, just Kyler Murray’s mobility is making it salvageable. They really had a big chance to go ahead in the division with the Seahawks losing today. That being said, it is still a rebuild but the Duke acquisition should have made it more expedient than it is currently. They should be 7-1 at this point in the schedule at the very least.

  26. The Cardinals Badly needed Byron Murphy and Dre Kirkpatrick this week who were both sidelined by Covid issues and an Injury.

    Difference in the game in my opinion

  27. Do not want to hear about how great Kyler Murray is. Hopkins had complete bums throwing to him in Houston at times and he was still getting hundred plus yards and touchdowns. Kyler Murray meanwhile runs around like a chicken with his head cut off and appears to run first all the time. If Hopkins was in LA with Herbert right now, they’d be lighting up the scoreboard. Murray is average at best.

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