Tua Tagovailoa extends undefeated streak against Bill Belichick, Patriots

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Tua becomes only QB ever to accomplish this feat vs. Belichick, Pats originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

On Sunday, Tua Tagovailoa accomplished something that has never been done before against the New England Patriots during the Bill Belichick era.

The Miami Dolphins quarterback improved to 4-0 in his career against the Belichick-led Patriots with a 20-7 victory in Week 1. No other QB has stayed undefeated through four or more starts against New England since Belichick became head coach in 2000.

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Tagovailoa previously beat Belichick and the Patriots once in 2020 and twice during the 2021 season.

It's an impressive feat, but the undefeated record says more about the Dolphins as a team than Tagovailoa as a quarterback. The Alabama product has yet to live up to the lofty expectations that come with being the fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft.

In Sunday's win, Tagovailoa completed 23 of 33 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown. He got away with a handful of errant passes that should have resulted in interceptions for the Patriots. New England's inability to capitalize on Tagovailoa and the Dolphins' mistakes proved costly in the season opener.

The Dolphins will travel to Baltimore for a Week 2 showdown vs. the Ravens next Sunday. The Patriots will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers.