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Tua, Dolphins Prove to Be Too Much for Rams in 28-17 Win at Home

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

How about those Dolphins?!

If you don’t count the first plays and minutes of the game, that is.

It started with Tua Tagovailoa making his debut as Miami’s starting quarterback in Sunday’s home game, helping the team to a 28-17 win against the Los Angeles Rams.

The afternoon was filled with surprises.

Rams’ defensive tackle Aaron Donald knocked the ball from Tagovailoa’s hand for a strip-sack on only Miami’s second offensive play of the afternoon.

LA found its way into the end zone first, with a touchdown with 11:13 to go in the first quarter.

Tua and the team managed to tie the game by the end of the quarter, though, as he made his first touchdown pass to DeVante Parker.

Miami then took the lead in the second quarter, as Andrew Van Ginkel turned a 78-yard fumble return into another seven points, putting the score at 14-7.

The ‘Fins then suffered a fumble, but extended their lead soon thereafter, as Jakeem Grant brought in an 88-yard touchdown on a punt return, making it 21-7.

However, turnovers continued plaguing the Rams, allowing Myles Gaskin to put another touchdown on the board for Miami, growing their lead to 28-7…and that’s still in the first half.

Los Angeles did manage to add a field goal to their score going into halftime, reducing Miami’s lead to 28-10.

All in all, Tagovailoa ended up completing 5 out of his 11 passes, good for 34 yards and one trip into the end zone during the first half of the game.

Miami managed to keep the Rams from further closing the scoring gap through the third quarter and into the fourth.

The Rams found their way into the end zone again with 9:58 to go in the game, reducing Tua and team’s advantage to the winning score of 28-17.

The Dolphins improve to 4-3, while the Rams drop to 5-3 on the season.