MICHIGAN — The Miami Dolphins are the NFL’s eighth-best team this season, and they have been doing it all year long.
It has not been easy.
And it has not always been easy for quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has yet to start a game and has never started a game at least twice.
In the Dolphins’ three losses this season — all to teams with winning records — they have allowed opponents to score 17 points or more, including seven in one half.
They have allowed teams to score 24 points or less.
They also have allowed two of the NFL team’s 10 sacks.
All told, Tannehall has rushed for just two touchdowns.
The Dolphins have a 0-5 record in the fourth quarter of games this season.
Tannehills play has been spotty at best, and the Dolphins have yet to win at home in the first half of the season.
They’ve won just once in their last 10 home games.
Tanney is a game away from completing his first season as a starter and it’s unclear what kind of a quarterback Tannehaw will be for the rest of the year.
His role is still to develop, and it may take him a while to fully settle into the offense that the Dolphins were expected to run.
But for now, Tanney has done enough to make the Dolphins a playoff team and to show the NFL that he can win in this league.
Tannell is one of two quarterbacks with at least 100 pass attempts this season with at or near 30 yards.
That’s the most by any quarterback in the league with 100 or more pass attempts.
The other is Matt Cassel, who had at least 30 attempts in all but one game.
In three of those games, the Dolphins won, including a 28-24 victory over the New York Jets in Week 3.
Tannes touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Cameron on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tanney came on third-and-6 from the New England 1-tech.
Tanndey had three more touchdowns in the final minute of the game.
It was Tanney’s fourth touchdown pass of the day.
Tannel also completed 13 of 28 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score, including another on the first play of the third quarter.
In a game in which he was sacked four times, Tannell completed 12 of 22 passes for 169 yards.
It also was Tannehan’s longest pass play of his career.
The touchdown pass was completed after Tannehad been sacked four time by Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson.
Tanran also completed a pass to Cameron on the next play to put the Dolphins up 14-7 at the half.
He completed three of six passes for 17 yards.
He was sacked on the ensuing play, but he continued to make plays on the field.
It marked his first career sack.
He had a passer rating of 106.5, the highest of his NFL career.
He also had a completion percentage of 66.3, second highest in his career and his lowest since he was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
He passed for 201 yards and a touchdown.
He is the NFL leader in passing yards with 2,945.
The team is 3-1 when Tannehas completed all 14 of his passes, with five touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Tanning had his longest touchdown pass in a game since he completed a 1,948-yard pass to Brandon Marshall in the Week 2 win over the Chicago Bears.
It came on the second play of overtime.
Tan’s second pass came on a 6-yard TD pass to Tyler Starr to put Miami up 17-10 with 5:35 remaining in the game at the Miami Beach Bowl.
Tan threw his first TD pass since Dec. 23 against the Tennessee Titans.
That came on an 11-yarder to Cameron.
The next two touchdowns came on Tanne’s third pass to Jordan Cameron and fourth on Tanney throwing a 24-yard score to Cameron to give the Dolphins their first lead of the fourth period.
Tan also completed passes to Tavon Wilson and DeVante Parker on the drive that brought the Dolphins to the Miami Gardens Stadium 20-14.
He finished with a completion of 18 of 29 passes for 214 yards and one touchdown.
His completion percentage, 75.7, was his lowest of the week.
He threw a pass intended for rookie receiver Devin Smith on the Dolphins second touchdown drive to the 49ers in the second quarter, but Smith had a sack and was flagged for a personal foul.
Tan completed six of 11 passes in the Dolphins final drive to win, but it was a one-yard completion to Cameron and the fourth-quarter field goal to make it 24-14 with 3:33 remaining.
The fourth-down play came with 2:06 left in the opening quarter.
Tan gave up the ball to quarterback Tyler Johnson, who returned the