Ryan Tannehill excelled vs. Falcons' blitz

September, 23, 2013
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Miami Dolphins second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill (236 passing yards) didn't put up huge numbers in Sunday’s landmark victory over the Atlanta Falcons. But when you look deeper at the statistics, Tannehill excelled in key categories to pull out the come-from-behind win.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, Tannehill completed 15-of-18 passes for 155 yards against Atlanta’s blitz packages in Sunday's 27-23 victory for the Dolphins. His 83-percent completion rate against five or more pass-rushers was the second best of Tannehill's career.

Tannehill was under duress for most of the game. He was sacked five times and took some big shots. But Tannehill didn't get flustered and continued to stand tall in the pocket to make big throws. He also was 9-of-10 passing on third down and converted seven of those for first downs.

The Dolphins needed Tannehill most on the final drive of the game in the fourth quarter. Tannehill completed 9-of-12 passes during Miami’s 13-play, 75-yard drive that was capped with a 1-yard touchdown throw to rookie tight end Dion Sims.

Miami offensive coordinator Mike Sherman showed a lot of confidence in Tannehill by calling 12 passing plays and one running play on the drive. In turn, Tannehill delivered.

Opponents will continue to blitz Tannehill, especially considering Miami's shaky pass protection. But Tannehill's ability to handle the blitz has been an underrated reason the Dolphins (3-0) remain undefeated.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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