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Moore Steps Up When Tannehill Goes Down

Posted Oct 28, 2012

Last year's team MVP doesn't miss a beat coming off the bench.

Dolphins rookie starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill sustained a left quad/left knee knee injury when he was sacked by Jets linebacker Calvin Pace during the first quarter. He didn't return to the game.

“I'm optimistic about it,” Tannehill said. “I was optimistic about getting back in the game and optimistic about getting ready to go for next week.”

Matt Moore, the team’s MVP last season, came off the bench and threw a touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano after stepping in for Tannehill and the Dolphins didn't miss a beat, rolling past the Jets 30-9 on Sunday for their third straight victory. Overall, Moore completed 11-for-19 passing for 131 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He helped stake the Dolphins to a 20-0 halftime lead that basically won the game.

"It was different at first," Moore said." I had to get a couple of plays under my belt at first. I think once we got in the swing of things and put some drives together, I felt pretty comfortable. There are obviously some things that we’re going to have to correct. There’s no doubt. If you play a game, there’s going to be corrections. I felt good."

Moore's play did not surprise Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin.

"I think my comments have been consistent about Matt (Moore) since April," Philbin said. "He’s a good football player. The guy’s a football player. (He) loves the game and (an) excellent teammate. He’s worked his tail off since the day I’ve been here. He’s impressive, I’m happy for him. I’m glad he played well. Not surprised, but happy."

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