At least for one day, Tua Tagovailoa erased all doubt that he’s the long term answer at quarterback in Miami.
On Sunday, the Ewa Beach native and Saint Louis alum threw for a career-high six touchdowns and 469 yards in a stunning 42-38 victory over the Baltimore Ravens as the Miami Dolphins improved to 2-0 for the 2022 season.
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Tagovailoa, who completed 36 of his 50 passes, shook off two early interceptions as the Dolphins outscored the Ravens 28-3 in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback.
Tagovailoa’s six touchdown passes are tied for second most in a game in NFL history.
Speedy receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle certainly aided Tagovailoa’s efforts on Sunday with 11 receptions and two touchdowns apiece. Hill hauled in 190 yards, while Waddle had 171, including the game-winner with 14 seconds left.
Next up for the Dolphins is a game against the Buffalo Bulls, the current Super Bowl favorite against whom Tagovailoa has yet to win a game against.
Below are how other NFL players with Hawaii ties performed in Week 2 of the NFL season:
Alohi GIlman, safety, Los Angeles Chargers (Kahuku): Gilman had one tackle in a 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.
Marcus Mariota, quarterback, Atlanta Falcons (Saint Louis): Mariota completed 17 of his 26 passes for 196 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 31-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, the defending Super Bowl champions. The Falcons were down 28-3 in the third quarter and almost came back behind Mariota’s efforts, but an interception in the end zone with a little over a minute remaining cost the Falcons.
Jahlani Tavai, linebacker, New England Patriots (University of Hawaii): Tavai had four tackles, including a sack, in a 17-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tyson Alualu, defensive lineman, Pittsburgh Steelers (Saint Louis): Alualu had one tackle and a quarterback hit in a 17-14 loss to the New England Patriots.
DeForest Buckner, defensive tackle, Indianapolis Colts (Punahou): Buckner had four tackles (two solo), including one for loss in a 24-0 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kamu Grugier-Hill, linebacker, Houston Texas (Kamehameha): Grugier-Hill had five tackles (three solo) in a 16-9 loss against the Denver Broncos.
Netane Muti, guard, Denver Broncos (Leilehua): Muti was promoted to the active roster ahead of the team’s 16-9 victory over the Houston Texans but did not play.
Nate Herbig, guard, New York Jets (Saint Louis): Herbig was active against the Cleveland Browns in a 31-30 win but did not play.