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Tannehill's Record-Setting Day Ends In Tough 24-21 OT Loss To Arizona

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Cardiac kids strike again, but fall short in overtime.

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s coming out party with the Miami Dolphins was one for the ages – taking overtime to complete.

Unfortunately for him, the effort ended the same way as Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino’s did in his rookie year back in 1983. The Dolphins fell, 24-21, to the host Arizona Cardinals on former Dolphin Jay Feely’s 46-yard field goal with 8:29 left in overtime and are now 1-3 on the season. Arizona remained unbeaten at 4-0.

Taking advantage of a Cardinals defense totally intent on stopping the run, Tannehill shredded the secondary for a Dolphins rookie record 431 yards, relying mostly on wide receivers Brian Hartline and Davone Bess. He completed 26-of-41 passes for a touchdown and two interceptions, connecting with Hartline 12 times for a franchise record 253 yards. The 26 completions were one more than Marino’s 25 that same year.

Marino’s memorable game ended in a 38-35 overtime loss at home to the Buffalo Bills, but Tannehill made huge strides with his performance. He was helped by a defense that forced two turnovers and sacked Arizona’s Kevin Kolb five times, but it wasn’t enough.
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