April 24, 2024

The Miami Dolphins had an opportunity to tie the game against the Buffalo Bills late in regulation Sunday night, but quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s blunder destroyed his team’s prospects of a comeback victory. With just over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, Tagovailoa was intercepted by Bills safety Taylor Rapp, thereby sealing the game in favor of Buffalo, who is now the AFC East division champion following a 21-14 triumph over Miami.

During the play, Tagovailoa was hoping to connect with wide receiver Chase Claypool, but Rapp appeared to have an excellent read on what was going to happen.

 

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“They went two high. “I tried to anticipate the throw, and that’s what happened,” Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said after the game (h/t Henry McKenna of FOX Sports).

In a vital game, Tagovailoa had a forgettable overall performance. On 17/27 completions, he finished with 173 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted twice and finished the game with a 73.3 QB rating. His dismal performance against the Bills was not a good omen for the Dolphins heading into the playoffs, but there is still time for him to improve.

With their loss to the Bills, the Dolphins not only allowed Buffalo to win the AFC East for the fourth season in a row, but they also dropped all the way to the sixth seed in the conference. That means Miami will face the reigning Super Bowl champions and AFC West division champs Kansas City Chiefs this Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.

 

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