GLENDALE, Ariz. – The first professional matchup of Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray certainly lived up to the hype.
The two young quarterbacks traded pinpoint passes, timely scrambles and other big plays in a dazzling show of the league's future. In the end, it was the rookie who came out with the win.
The 22-year-old Tagovailoa threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns in just his second NFL start as the Miami Dolphins rallied in the fourth quarter for a 34-31 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
“That was awesome. It was fun for the fans as well, not just us competing,” Tagovailoa said of the duel with Murray. “You know what you’re going to get when it comes to Kyler. You know the kind of explosive player he is. He might be the fastest player in the NFL right now. Oh my gosh, he’s faster than me.”
But Tagovailoa was the winner. He's 2-0 since taking over for Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter following the team's bye week.
Miami (5-3) has won four straight games. The Cardinals (5-3) had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Murray, the 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year, finished with 283 yards passing and three touchdowns, adding 106 yards rushing on 11 carries in another stellar performance. He was obviously frustrated the Cardinals couldn't score in the fourth quarter and watched the Dolphins score 10 unanswered points for the victory
Arizona’s Zane Gonzalez was short on a 49-yard field goal attempt that would have tied the game with 1:53 left.