Quarterback grade: Ryan Tannehill, 72.9 (passing grade)https://www.profootballfocus.com/pro-az-mia-grades/
Tannehill puts together a solid display, but injury cuts his game (and season) short
Ball-handling conditions were sub-optimal in Miami to say the very least, with Ryan Tannehill and Carson Palmer each contributing a fumbled snap to the game’s tally of turnovers. But aside from a comical fumble which resulted in a 21-yard loss (and caused his overall grade to take a hit), Tannehill managed the conditions well before his game was cut short late in the third quarter with a reported ACL tear that would end his season. An interception by Marcus Cooper was the only other notable blemish on his performance, as he dodged the cloud bursts to hook up with Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills to good effect. Backup Matt Moore came through in the clutch with Kenny Stills on the final drive to keep the Dolphins very much in the playoff mix.
Top offensive grades:
RT Ja’Waun James, 83.2
WR Kenny Stills, 81.6
WR Jarvis Landry, 75.5
RG Jermon Bushrod, 68.1
RB Jay Ajayi, 67.9
Stills and Landry overcome the conditions to lead Miami’s win
Weather created havoc on ball-handling in this one, as Jay Ajayi’s performance was marred by a fumble. His offensive line also failed to create the kind of lanes that led to some big games earlier in the year. Ajayi picked up more yards after contact (56) than he did in total on the ground (49), and broke four tackles to keep the Cardinals’ defense honest. Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills both had strong games. A slip by Stills contributed to Tannehill’s one interception in the game, but he made up for that on the final drive picking up two first downs against Arizona cornerback Justin Bethel to take the Dolphins first into field goal range and then to the Cardinals’ goal-line to set up Andrew Franks’ game winning chip shot.
Top defensive grades:
DE Cameron Wake, 90.1
DT Ndamukong Suh, 85.8
DT Earl Mitchell, 77.5
DE Andre Branch, 76.5
DE Jason Jones, 76.5
Defensive line leads the charge to the playoffs
The Dolphins got back into the top six in the AFC with this victory, and it resulted from a stellar display from their leaders up front. Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh combined to rack up 12 pressures on Carson Palmer, combining a couple of times on the same play to collapse the entirety of the right side of Palmer’s pocket. Suh added a further three stops against the run. Andre Branch and Jason Jones each added a pair of pressures, with Branch racking up his fourth sack in the last five games in his first year as a Dolphin. The Miami defensive line will be integral to their success in the final three weeks of the season, as they seek to prop up their underwhelming linebacking corps and proceed without their starting quarterback.