But when the offense stalled in the fourth quarter, it was Miami’s defense that got stronger. Trailing 35-32 in the final eight minutes of the game, Chicago quarterback Justin Fields had two chances to lead game winners.
Instead, linebacker Melvin Ingram recorded Miami’s first sack of the game to sabotage a Bears practice that ultimately ended in a punt with 3:10 remaining. When Chicago (3-6) got the ball back after a Dolphins trio, Fields’ pass fell incomplete on fourth-and-10 to seal the game.
“The resilience of our team, the resilience of our guys to keep fighting, to keep not giving up the game…that’s what I’m proud of with our team,” said Tagovailoa, who finished with 302 yards. passing and 135.7 quarterback rating, said.
With the win, Miami (6-3) is now on a three-game winning streak for the second time this season.
Chicago scored 17 points in the first half, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the Dolphins’ top-flight offense, which led the NFL with 2,455 passing yards heading into Sunday’s game.
Tagovailoa picked up where he left off after torching Detroit’s secondary with 382 passing yards last week. He completed his first nine passes for 119 yards on Miami’s first two possessions today to give the Dolphins a 14-10 lead.
Running back Raheem Mostert found the end zone in the Dolphins’ opening practice with a one-yard run. A pass interference call on Chicago gave Miami 32 yards and set the score.
On the Dolphins’ subsequent possession, Hill and Waddle each recorded a catch for over 25 yards, with Hill closing the drive by notching a three-yard touchdown reception, his third of the year.