Saint Louis alumnus and Ewa Beach native Tua Tagovailoa guided the Miami Dolphins to a 24-17 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football, improving to 2-0 for the 2023 season.
Tagovailoa also improved to 5-0 as a starter over the Patriots during his career.
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Tagovailoa completed 21 of his 30 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown to Tyreek Hill, although he also threw his first interception of the year going deep to Hill in the third quarter.
The Dolphins overcame a pair of field goals by Jason Sanders that weren’t converted: One was blocked, while the other was missed in the fourth quarter on an opportunity to give Miami a two-possession lead.
Sunday’s victory marks a special week for the Tagovailoa family. On Friday, Taulia Tagovailoa, Tua’s younger brother, completed 19 of his 30 passes for 142 yards and a score in a 42-14 Maryland win over Virginia. On Saturday, Tuli Tagovailoa-Amosa, the cousin of Tua and Taulia, quarterbacked Kahuku to a victory over defending national champion St. John Bosco in the high school football upset of the year.
Below are how other NFL players with Hawaii ties fared during Week 2:
Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, offensive lineman, Baltimore Ravens (Keaau): Aumavae-Laulu was active but did not play in a 27-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
DeForest Buckner, defensive tackle, Indianapolis Colts (Punahou): Buckner had four tackles, including two for loss and a sack in a 31-20 win over the Houston Texans.
Ka’imi Fairbairn, kicker, Houston Texans (Punahou): Fairbairn made two of his three field goal attempts as well as both of his extra point attempts against the Colts.
Alohi Gilman, safety, Los Angeles Chargers (Kahuku): Gilman had six tackles (three solo) in a 27-24 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Kamu Grugier-Hill, linebacker, Carolina Panthers (Kamehameha): Grugier-Hill had six tackles, including a sack, in a 20-17 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Nate Herbig, guard, Pittsburgh Steelers (Saint Louis): Herbig served as the primary backup guard in the team’s 26-22 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Nick Herbig, linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers (Saint Louis): Herbig had two tackles and nearly had a sack that was prevented by an offensive facemask call against Deshaun Watson in the team’s victory over the Browns.
Andrei Iosivas, receiver, Cincinnati Bengals (Punahou): Iosivas was active but did not accumulate any statistics in a loss against the Ravens.
Keith Kirkwood, receiver, New Orleans Saints (University of Hawaii): Kirkwood received a pass target but did not haul it in during a 20-17 win over the Carolina Panthers, his former team, on Monday Night Football.
Ilm Manning, offensive lineman, Arizona Cardinals (University of Hawaii): Manning was ruled inactive prior to the team’s 31-28 loss to the New York Giants.
Marcus Mariota, quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles (Saint Louis): Mariota was on the active roster but did not play in the team’s 34-28 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football.
Rigoberto Sanchez, punter, Indianapolis Colts (University of Hawaii): Sanchez punted five times for 220 yards, including twice in the 20, against the Texans.
Isaac Seumalo, offensive lineman, Pittsburgh Steelers (born in Hawaii): Seumalo started at left guard in the win over the Browns.
Jahlani Tavai, linebacker, New England Patriots (University of Hawaii): Tavai had a team-high seven tackles (five solo) in the loss to the Dolphins.