After throwing for just 18 yards in the first quarter, Ryan Tannehill was forced to the sidelines after being sacked in the backfield by Calvin Pace.
The sack did not seem to be brutal, but Tannehill came off of the ground limping and made his way directly to the sideline, where the Miami Dolphins training staff. Back up quarterback Matt Moore immediately began warming up, and took the field for the rest of the first half.
Moore has been in this situation before, taking over for the injured Chad Henne last season. Moore started for the Dolphins for the remainder of the season and was voted the team MVP.
Moore lost the starting job to the rookie Tannehill in training camp, but as we witnessed on HBO’s Hard Knocks, Moore was willing to be a team player and vowed to do what it took to be an asset.
Going into halftime, Moore had thrown for just 81 yards, no interceptions, and no touchdowns. After their first drive of the second half, Moore has 118 yards, and a touchdown, and the Dolphins are now leading the New York Jets 27-3 in the 3rd quarter.
The game is a pivotal battle in the AFC East and with all four teams in the division within reach, the difference between first place, and fourth place is just a game apart. The Dolphins currently sit at second in the division, while the Jets are tied with the Buffalo Bills.
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