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Dolphins Dismantle Jets, Tua Makes Debut

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) on the field before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Scot Tucker)

By Stephen Diener

It was a day of firsts for the Miami Dolphins in their 24-0 win over the hapless New York Jets.

It was the first time they shutout an opponent since 2014.

It was the first time a defensive player, (Xavien Howard) caught an interception in four straight games since Terrell Buckley did it in 95′-96′.

And most notably, it was the first time Tua Tagovailoa took the field for the Miami Dolphins.

The 13,000 fans in attendance rose to their feet as if the Phins had just scored the game winning touchdown as Tua made his way to the huddle and went under center for the first time.

The play its self wasn’t anything special, just a handoff for a three yard gain. But that wasn’t the point, it was the moment that every Dolphin fan had been waiting for since the night of the draft back in late April. That moment, that visual to solidify what so many fans had been hoping for, that Tua is indeed a Dolphin.

The cheers got louder on plays number two and three as he completed his first two passes of his career, the second one was for a first down that effectively ended the game.

And so it was a day of firsts, but it was also a game that many Dolphins fans couldn’t get enough of and relished in the beat down of their hated rival Jets and former coach in Adam Gase.

It was also a game where Miami, now back at .500 with a 3-3 record, found themselves in sole possession of second place in the AFC East behind the Bills, after the Patriots shocking loss at home to the short handed Broncos.

With the Dolphins back in playoff contention, they now move onto their newly scheduled week 7 bye week before facing the Rams at home during week 8.

Will Tua get the chance to play in that game too? Will it be “Tua time” from now on?

Time, in fact, will tell.