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Let's go back to November 20, 2016, Week 11 of the Miami Dolphins season last year. Their opponent? The Los Angeles Rams, who decided that it was finally time to unveil #1 overall pick Jared Goff in his first career NFL start. The conditions were crappy. It was spitting rain all day and throughout the duration of the game, making for a terribly unexciting offensive game.
Until about midway through the fourth quarter. The Rams, who dominated the game defensively, pressuring Ryan Tannehill into all sorts of bad throws and sacks, led 10-0 with 6:45 left in the fourth quarter. Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein trotted out for what would be a 48-yard field goal to essentially put the game on ice.
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The Dolphins offense had struggled all game to piece together any semblance of a scoring drive, and with little time remaining, the game seemed over.
Then Zuerlein missed. The Dolphins took over on their own 23 yard line and Ryan Tannehill began to mature right in front of his fans' (and doubters') eyes.
Over the course of the next six minutes, Tannehill completely took over the offense, using both huddle and no-huddle to keep the Rams from substituting on defense.
Here is how the first 8 play, 77 yard drive reads:
1st and 10 at MIA 23 (6:38 - 4th) (Shotgun) R.Tannehill pass short right to K.Stills to MIA 30 for 7 yards (M.Barron).
2nd and 3 at MIA 30 (6:06 - 4th) (Shotgun) R.Tannehill pass incomplete short middle to J.Ajayi (A.Donald).
3rd and 3 at MIA 30 (6:02 - 4th) (Shotgun) R.Tannehill pass short middle to J.Landry to MIA 35 for 5 yards (L.Joyner).
1st and 10 at MIA 35 (5:34 - 4th) (Shotgun) R.Tannehill pass short left to J.Landry ran ob at MIA 47 for 12 yards (A.Ogletree).
PENALTY on LA-A.Ogletree, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards, enforced at MIA 47.
1st and 10 at LAR 38 (5:14 - 4th) (Shotgun) R.Tannehill pass short left to D.Parker to LA 23 for 15 yards (M.Alexander; A.Ogletree).
Penalty on LA-R.Quinn, Defensive Offside, declined.
1st and 10 at LAR 23 (4:51 - 4th) (Shotgun) R.Tannehill pass short left to D.Parker ran ob at LA 11 for 12 yards (L.Joyner).
1st and 10 at LAR 11 (4:45 - 4th) (Shotgun) R.Tannehill pass short middle to J.Ajayi to LA 10 for 1 yard (M.Barron).
2nd and 9 at LAR 10 (4:02 - 4th) Jarvis Landry Pass From Ryan Tannehill for 10 Yrds A.Franks extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Denney, Holder-M.Darr.
The touchdown, an incredible feat of perseverance by Jarvis Landry, literally took the entire Dolphins offense to push Landry into the endzone. Tannehill was a nearly perfect 7/8 on the draft, with perfect throws to DeVante Parker.
After a quick stop by the Dolphins defense, the offense took the field down 7-10 with just 2:11 left to play.
Here reads the game-winning drive, engineered to perfection by RT17:
1st and 10 at MIA 25 (2:11 - 4th) (Shotgun) R.Tannehill pass short right to K.Stills to MIA 40 for 15 yards (T.Johnson).
PENALTY on LA-A.Donald, Roughing the Passer, 15 yards, enforced at MIA 40.
1st and 10 at LAR 45 (2:00 - 4th) (Shotgun) J.Ajayi up the middle to LA 47 for -2 yards (W.Hayes).
(2:00 - 4th) Two-Minute Warning 2nd and 12 at LAR 47 (2:00 - 4th) (Shotgun) R.Tannehill pass short right to D.Parker to LA 35 for 12 yards (M.Barron).
1st and 10 at LAR 35 (1:26 - 4th) (Shotgun) R.Tannehill pass short right to D.Parker to LA 26 for 9 yards (T.Johnson).
2nd and 1 at LAR 26 (1:20 - 4th) (Shotgun) J.Ajayi left guard to LA 17 for 9 yards (T.McDonald; A.Ogletree).
1st and 10 at LAR 17 (0:40 - 4th) (Shotgun) R.Tannehill pass short right to J.Ajayi to LA 9 for 8 yards (M.Barron). (0:40 - 4th) Timeout #3 by MIA at 00:40.
2nd and 2 at LAR 9 (0:36 - 4th) DeVante Parker Pass From Ryan Tannehill for 9 Yrds A.Franks extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Denney, Holder-M.Darr.
What sticks out to you? If you said DeVante Parker, you would be correct. Two of the Dolphins' former first-round picks absolutely took over the game, displaying incredible chemistry and working the boundaries perfectly.
There were 2 or 3 throws that Tannehill made that seemed impossible. He fit the ball through tight holes. He stepped up in the pocket. He knew where his receiver would be and how to get him the ball.
More importantly, he was clutch.
This week's Throwback Thursday is all about RT17. The Miami Dolphins' franchise quarterback from last season, this season and future seasons to come.
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