By Mike Berardino
Sun Sentinel columnist
2:24 PM CST, November 25, 2012
Three Things to consider after the Miami Dolphins rallied past the Seahawks:
Thing 1: This could have made it 50 games since the last time the Dolphins wiped out a fourth quarter deficit of at least seven points to win.
It hadn't happened since Dec. 18, 2005 in a 24-20 win over the Jets.
How long ago was that? Well, it was Nick Saban's first year coaching the Dolphins.
Sunday, in a 24-21 comeback win over the Seahawks, the Dolphins ended that streak at 49 games.
Trailing 14-7 at the start of the final quarter and again 21-14 midway through, Ryan Tannehill brought them back with a 29-yard scoring pass to Charles Clay (where's he been?) and then the final drive to Dan Carpenter's game-winning, 43-yard field goal.
It was a moment long overdue for a franchise that grew spoiled by Dan Marino's magic.
And for Tannehill, this could springboard him down the stretch of his rookie season.
Thing 2: Leon Washington's 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was stunning, especially as it came just 14 seconds after the Dolphins scored the game-tying touchdown on a 3-yard Daniel Thomas run.
Last time an opponent returned a kickoff for a TD against the Dolphins: The Raiders' Jacoby Ford (West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman High School) raced 101 yards for the score on Nov. 28, 2010
Thing 3: Somehow fitting that Tannehill would break Marino's franchise rookie passing record of 2,210 yards against the Seahawks.
Marino's rookie year in 1983 ended with that home playoff loss to the Seahawks after he came back from a knee injury of his own.
How could I forget that one? That was the night someone threw a bowling ball through my dad's car window -- we parked near a dumpster behind a grocery store -- and stole my Dolphins jacket.
Never did get another one that nice.