NFL Preview: Tua Tagovailoa leads Dolphins to clinch playoff berth against in dramatic fashion

After going down to the Tennessee Titans days ago, the Miami Dolphins led by Tua Tagovailoa, were determined to go wild in their following games. They did so by giving a blowout 0-30 loss to the New York Jets. The team continued their winning streak further by securing a 22-20 win over Dak Prescott’s mighty Dallas Cowboys squad.

With the recent win, the Dolphins are sitting atop the AFC East with a 11-4 record. The win also saw them clinching the coveted playoff spot. After witnessing some lackluster performance this season and ultimately getting bashed by the NFL community, this win will be a thing to cherish for Tua.

Tua Tagovailoa leads Dolphins to clinch playoff berth vs Cowboys

Tua Tagovailoa has once exhibited nerves of steel by paving the way for the Dolphins to a thrilling 22-20 victory. The late-game heroics of him not only secured a crucial win but also punched his team’s ticket to the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Trailing by just one point with only a few minutes on the clock, the signal-caller masterfully steered a 64-yard drive. This decisive push positioned the Dolphins at the Cowboys’ 11-yard line, setting the stage for a game-winning field goal by Jason Sanders.

Reflecting on the team’s achievement, Tagovailoa expressed his elation at securing a coveted playoff spot. He also highlighted the team’s persistent dedication, from offseason training activities to grinding through the regular season, to reiterate their unwavering commitment to success.

“It’s awesome. That’s what we work hard for throughout the entirety of OTAs and training camp. That’s why you try to win as many games as you can early on in the season. I don’t think that changes our mindset as a team, he said via NFL.com.

The QB’s standout performance in the match saw him tally an impressive 293 yards and a touchdown without conceding an interception. The return of wide receiver Tyreek Hill from an ankle injury further bolstered the Dolphins offense, as the MVP frontrunner recorded seven catches for 84 yards. Tight end Durham Smythe also did a fantastic job by recording a season-high five catches.

Securing a playoff berth with two weeks remaining in the regular season represents the earliest entry into the postseason for the Dolphins since 1994. The team’s previous nine playoff appearances often hinged on securing the position during the closing stages of the regular season. With the playoffs secured, they now set their sights on a more ambitious goal of securing their first AFC East title since 2008.

Tedy Bruschi calls Tua Tagovailoa ‘NFL comeback POTY’ over Damar Hamlin

The NFL season is hurtling toward its culmination, and discussions surrounding the Comeback Player of the Year (CPOY) award have reached a fever pitch. The prevailing favorite, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, emerged from a harrowing incident last season, where his heart stopped on the field, to return and excel on the field.

However, former NFL linebacker Tedy Bruschi has stirred a debate by placing a spotlight on Tua Tagovailoa and his awe-inspiring journey back to prominence.

Bruschi’s advocacy for the QB to claim the coveted NFL CPOY title rests on his resilient comeback from circumstances that transcend the conventional narrative of physical injury. The signal-caller was diagnosed with two concussions last season, with many fans and analysts questioning if it was safe for him to continue playing. However, he resumed play strongly and has been pushing the Dolphins squad to success. Bruschi champions Tagovailoa’s story as one of unparalleled resilience and determination.

“People were saying he shouldn’t play anymore because of the multiple concussions. This is the Comeback Player of the Year – and I know people love the Damar Hamlin story, but what Tua’s comeback from… it’s incredible”, he said.

Hamlin’s tale of overcoming a terrifying on-field incident that necessitated a revival and subsequent cancellation of thgamead initially made him a strong favorite for the award. The odds heavily favored the veteran’s triumphant return, improving after he stepped back onto the field in Week 10, reflecting the remarkable odds shift from -110 to -200. Conversely, Tua Tagovailoa’s odds, starting at +1600, painted a less optimistic picture in the journey for the title.

Maliha

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Maliha is an insightful sports writer with over a year of experience focusing on the NFL. Initially venturing into both NFL and NBA coverage, her journey began without a particular affinity for American football. However, her passion for the sport blossomed as she started following football more. Now, a huge NFL fan, Maliha meticulously follows every development within the league. She always wants to ensure her analysis is comprehensive and up-to-date to fellow readers.

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