Tua Tagovailoa marvels at Ryan Fitzpatrick’s incredible no-look throw: ‘They call him Fitzmagic for a cause’,
Ryan Fitzpatrick’s game-winning show for the Dolphins in opposition to the Raiders confirmed why he’s nicknamed “Fitzmagic,” in response to beginning quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Tagovailoa was benched within the fourth quarter on Saturday and his substitute Fitzpatrick produced a phenomenal last drive, discovering Mack Hollins with a 34-yard Hail Mary down the left sideline regardless of Raiders defensive lineman Arden Key grabbing his face masks.
Key’s infringement added a 15-yard penalty to the play, enabling the Dolphins to safe a dramatic 26-25 win with a 44-yard subject objective from Jason Sanders, boosting their hopes of reaching the playoffs.
Miami trailed 16-13 when Fitzpatrick entered the sport and his 59-yard landing cross to Myles Gaskin helped to create an incredible last 4 minutes at Allegiant Stadium.
Tagovailoa stated: “It all the time feels good to win. I do know outsiders are in all probability gonna say, ‘Nicely, it wasn’t you in there that introduced he win’. In fact, it was Fitz.
“I feel it was a nice effort by not simply him however all the offense. Simply him understanding the right way to get within the groove and the place to go rapidly with the ball … that is what makes Fitz who he’s.
“In a means it wasn’t actually that stunning in a means what occurred. They call him Fitzmagic for a cause.”
There was a profession first for Fitzpatrick even earlier than he headed onto the sector, with the backup quarterback having to make a journey to the locker room bogs throughout the recreation.
“The tunnel factor was bizarre as a result of it was the primary time in my 16-year profession that I needed to go to the lavatory so dangerous that I needed to go to the lavatory throughout the recreation,” stated Fitzpatrick.
“So I ran in there to take a pee and after I got here again out Flo [coach Brian Flores] stated, ‘Prepare, you are going in’. So I took the compulsory seven warm-up throws and went on the market and tried to make one thing occur.”
Fitzpatrick handed for 182 yards within the fourth quarter – essentially the most by a non-starting QB since Sage Rosenfels had 202 in 2005, additionally for the Dolphins – tying his profession finest.
In accordance with NFL Subsequent Gen Stats, his 34-yard cross to Hollins, which Fitzpatrick known as the perfect of his profession, had a completion likelihood of simply 10.9 per cent, making it the third-most unbelievable completion of the season.
On that play, Fitzpatrick stated: “In that case you are actually throwing up a prayer a little bit.
“I did not know that it was full, initially. My face masks was getting pulled, and my head was getting ripped off. I circled to verify they noticed the face masks, then [Dolphins right tackle] Jesse Davis or [running back] Myles Gaskin needed to inform me it was accomplished.”
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Flores was delighted his choice to call on Fitzpatrick labored out and praised rookie Tagovailoa’s maturity for the way in which he dealt with the scenario.
“If we bought to go to a aid pitcher within the ninth [inning], that is what we’ll do,” Flores stated.
“Fitz, he is all the time able to go. … I’ve a lot of confidence in Tua. He is made a lot of performs for us. He is made performs at present. We simply felt like we wanted a spark. Fitzy gave us that.
“There’s a lot of individuals in that locker room who’re attempting to win. That is at the forefront of the choices I’ll make right here at present and shifting ahead so long as I am right here.
“Tua is a resilient child. He is a tough-minded child. He is comfortable that Fitzy went in there and we received the sport as a result of he is a selfless, team-first man; that is why he is right here.”