Here's a look into the team stats, individual metrics, milestones and more that fueled Miami's Week 2 comeback on Inside the Numbers, presented by BDO.
Mike McDaniel became just the second Dolphins coach to start his first season 2-0, and he did it in a historic way – by overcoming a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit to stun the Baltimore Ravens, 42-38, at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Miami is the first NFL team in 12 years to win a game after trailing by at least 21 points in the fourth quarter, according to ESPN Stats and Info. Teams had previously gone 0-711 since 2011.
The Dolphins scored 28 points in the final frame, the most in a fourth quarter in team history.
"Talk about what it takes to be able to do something like that," McDaniel said. "It's an entire team with the right type of people. Everyone echoing the same type of messages. All the credit goes to Baltimore for putting us in that bind. And then we had a lot of players make a lot of plays to get out of it."
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was one of those players. His career-high 469 passing yards and six touchdown passes, which tied a franchise record, helped mount the largest road comeback win in Dolphins history. Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino is the only Dolphin to throw for more yards in a single game, which he did three times, most recently totaling 473 yards against the Patriots in 1994.
Tagovailoa threw four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, a franchise record, and the Miami offense totaled 547 yards on the day, the fifth-most in team history.
The quarterback out of Alabama also boasted a 154.2 passer rating in the fourth on 13-of-17 passes for 199 yards. His 36 completions on Sunday were a career-high and the third most in franchise history.
Tagovailoa's chemistry with wide receivers Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill was on full display, as the Dolphins became the first team in NFL history to have a player record 400+ passing yards and 5+ passing touchdowns while two teammates registered 170+ receiving yards and 2+ receiving touchdowns in the same game, according to NFL Research.
After exiting the game briefly with cramps, Hill returned for 142 receiving yards in the final frame, the most by an NFL player since Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson had 150 receiving yards in the fourth quarter of the Chicago win in 2018. Hill also had touchdown grabs of 48 and 60 yards in the fourth quarter. On the latter, he exploited the Ravens' defense to get free down the left sideline, where he caught Tagovailoa's deep ball to tie the game at 35.
Waddle then snagged a seven-yard pass on the ensuing drive to give Miami the victory. He finished with 11 catches for 171 receiving yards and two touchdowns, while Hill had 11 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns. It's the first time in the Super Bowl era that two teammates totaled 170+ receiving yards and 2+ receiving touchdowns in the same game.
"I still feel like [Waddle and I've] got a long way to go," Hill said. "It's still early during the season and I think we complement each other well. Whether I'm blocking for him and a screen, or he's blocking for me, I know that each and every play, each one of us is going to have each other's back."
With the win, the Dolphins have beaten Baltimore in back-to-back games for the first time since the 2002-03 season. It was also Miami's first time winning at M&T Bank Stadium, where it was previously 0-4.
The Dolphins return home to Hard Rock Stadium next Sunday to face the Buffalo Bills. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.