Lessons from the return of NFL Week 2

Sunday was the day the NFL came back. Four teams beat fourth quarter deficit for wins, including three that fell for being less than two digits. It only happened six times Throughout the 2021 season. We’ve seen a penalty kick recovery, an amazing long touchdown and what may be the longest two-point conversion in league history.

Let’s analyze these four comebacks and see how the lagging teams managed to pull off their victories in the last second. I will also try to understand what that means for those teams moving forward. Naturally, I should start in Baltimore, where we may have seen the next big league offensive announce themselves to the world in one amazing quarter of football:

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Four hundred and sixty-nine passing yards and six touchdowns. We’ll get to the comeback, receivers, blown coverage, controversial calls, and everything else that happened during Miami’s massive comeback to beat the Ravens, but Sunday’s most dramatic solo performance came from Toa Tagoviloa. If I had told you before the season that the quarterback would throw for 469 yards and six touchdowns in September, how many passers-by would you have guessed before you hit Tagovailoa? ten? fifteen? twenty?

Let’s start here, because that’s the first question that came to my mind after the match: Is that enough to say that Tagovailoa will be a superstar? Are there quarterbacks with mediocre jobs who are even capable of producing roof top performances like this? Or is something like this exactly the signal callers area?

I’ll leave the decision up to you. To ease the baseline, here are other quarterbacks who have had 400 passing yards and five touchdowns in a game over the past decade: Tom BradyAnd the Drew PressAnd the Nick FolesAnd the Jared GoffAnd the Peyton ManningAnd the Patrick MahomesAnd the Aaron RodgersAnd the Ben RoethlisbergerAnd the Matt Schwab And the Deshaun Watson. Looking back at Season 11, we can add a previous backup of the Packers Matt Flynnwho threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a Week 17 win over the Lions in 2012. There are a few Hall of Famers out there, a few superstars and a couple of guys who were in great charts and had great afternoons.

For most of Sunday’s games, the quarterback with a breakout performance felt like the guy on the other side of the field. When Lamar Jackson He kept the ball on a strength QB read and took it 79 yards home, and it looked like he had the Ravens on track for a comfortable victory. After throwing for three touchdowns before running for fourth, he was enjoying one of his best games as a pro. The Ravens were up 35-14 with a second remaining in the third quarter. Teams with a 21-point lead have won the hat-trick in their last 107 encounters, the last losing in 2006.

You know what happened after that. Tagovailoa, inconsistent with this point and throwing two objections, was one of the most impressive fourth quarters we’ve ever seen. Including 33 complete yards for Jaylen Waddell On the last shot of the third quarter, he went 14 of 18 for 232 yards and four touchdowns. No quarterback has thrown four touchdowns in the fourth quarter in 15 years. The last person to do that was Sage Rosenfels.