But before the game even began, former NFL MVP-turned-broadcaster Boomer Esiason was fawning over the performance of Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa through the first two weeks of the season, even comparing him to a Hall of Famer.
“How about Tua Tagovailoa, guys,” Esiason asked his fellow deskmates. “It does warm my heart to see him play the way that he is playing. And, you know what? He played great last year until he got hurt, and then he came back, he played great again, and then he got hurt again… I will say this: His ball, accuracy, anticipation and the softness of the ball coming to the receiver’s hands reminds me of Joe Montana.”
The statement was met with some expected “oohs” and “aahs,” but it’s one that Esiason believes.
Then, the Dolphins went out and scored 70 points with Tagovailoa completing 23 of his 26 attempts for 309 yards and four touchdowns with a 155.8 passer rating. That’s more touchdowns than incompletions.
It might still be a bit blasphemous to compare a young quarterback who hasn’t even started a playoff game to a four-time Super Bowl champion and two-time league MVP, but what Tagovailoa is doing is clearly impressive. And, if he can continue playing like this and, of course, remain healthy, he’ll have a good shot at helping Miami win their first postseason matchup since 2000.