Three More Things to consider on the morning after a 24-21 Miami Dolphins win:
Thing 1: What happened on that interception that wasn't for Ryan Tannehill with a little over eight minutes left Sunday?
"That was just a bad play," the rookie quarterback said. "As soon as I let it go, I knew it was a bad play before he had even intercepted it."
What could have been a game-altering end zone interception by Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner instead got wiped out by a roughing-the-passer flag on star safety Earl Thomas.
That's what the former Texas Longhorn gets for trying to rough up an Aggie.
Tannehill, rolling right, threw across his body into heavy traffic in the middle of the end zone. Turns out he was looking for tight end Anthony Fasano, but those odds diminished even further when rookie wide receiver Rishard Matthews took his route into the same area.
"He was going to Fasano," Matthews said. "That was my messup. I was just going for the ball."
That meant besides Tannehill, no Dolphin was more relieved to see the flag thrown against Thomas.
"I didn’t see it," Matthews said. "I was just making sure Fasano was ok. I ran into him. I was trying to help him up and make sure he was good. [Later] I let Tannehill know it was my bad."
It's all good now that the Dolphins have ended that three-game losing streak.
Thing 2: Before Sunday, it had been four weeks (Oct. 28) since the Dolphins last won and the Seahawks last lost.
Of course, things might have worked out differently if the Seahawks had a kicker they trusted from 53-56 yards.
Instead, with Steven Haushka having missed three of his four attempts from 50-plus yards this year, Pete Carroll chose to punt both times in the first half on a calm day.
Who else doesn't have a kicker who can make a 53-yarder in today's NFL?
Thing 3: Karlos Dansby led the Dolphins with seven tackles, six of them unassisted.
Anyone who doubts the toughness of the veteran linebacker as he plays through a torn bicep should consider those numbers.
Those doubters also should have seen those three locker room attendants helping Dansby finish dressing after Sunday's game. The man needed help tucking his tie under the collar on the back of his neck, that's how banged up he is at this point in the season.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times