Dolphins vs. Bears score: Tua Tagovailoa outduels Justin Fields in a game of historic performances

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields played Sunday’s game like it was Saturday’s showdown between Alabama and Ohio State, each putting up numbers that can only be imagined in an NCAA Football video game in the Dolphins’ 35-32 victory in Sunday in Chicago. Tua Tagovailoa became the first quarterback in Dolphins history with over 300 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and no interceptions in consecutive games thanks to his 302 passing and three scores on 21-of-30 passing.

Justin Fields matched up against Tagovailoa and his powerful pass catchers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle with an unprecedented performance. Fields became the first player in NFL history with three passing touchdowns and over 150 yards in the same game. He also broke the NFL regular-season record for a quarterback in a single game with 178 yards against Miami, 61 of which were his only rushing score of the day. Fields’ rushing touchdown marked the longest drive of his career. Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick had the previous record with 173 yards in Week 13 of the 2002 season against the Minnesota Vikings.

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One of the key differences between Tagovailoa’s afternoon and Fields’ afternoon was how Miami’s players made some of their own magic because basically everything the Bears did offensively just came from Fields’ singular brilliance. Hill finished with seven receptions, 143 receiving yards and a 3-yard receiving touchdown, bringing his season receiving total to 1,104, the most by a player in the first nine games of the Super Bowl era. Hill surpassed Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson’s record of 1,083 receiving yards through his first nine games of the 2013 season.

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Waddle also showed up for his quarterback, recording 85 yards receiving and a touchdown on five catches. The Dolphins’ dynamic duo has combined for 1,916 receiving yards this season, the most by a teammate through nine games in the Super Bowl era. They broke the previous record of 1,878 yards set by the great tandem of Hall of Famers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt.

The Dolphins scored touchdowns on four of their first five offensive possessions, while their fifth score of the day came on the Bears’ first punt, which they blocked for a 25-yard punt return. Fields had one last chance to lead the Bears to overtime or a win with Chicago taking over with 2:50 left. He was only able to get one first down before a sack and back-to-back incompletions thwarted their last-ditch efforts.

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The win improved the Dolphins to 6-3 overall, and 6-0 this season when Tagovailoa starts and finishes a game. Chicago fell to 3-6 overall with losses in five of its last six games after starting the season 2-1.

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