Bengals beat Dolphins 27-15 after Tua Tagovailoa injured

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow throws during the second half of an NFL football game...
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow throws during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)(AP)
Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 11:50 PM EDT
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Joe Burrow tossed a late 2-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Hurst to seal a 27-15 win for the Cincinnati Bengals over Miami in a Thursday night game marred by the horrific sight of Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa being taken off on a stretcher.

Tagovailoa was chased down and thrown to the turf by Cincinnati's Josh Tupou with about six minutes left in the first half. He remained down for more than seven minutes before being taken to a hospital with reported head and neck injuries.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is examined during the second quarter of the team's...
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is examined during the second quarter of the team's "Thursday Night Football" game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Cincinnati.

Vonn Bell's interception of Miami backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater — the safety's second pick of the night — with three minutes left in the game set up the Bengals' final drive.

Evan McPherson kicked two fourth-quarter field goals — including a 57-yarder.

Burrow was 20 for 31 for 287 yards and two touchdowns as the Bengals won their second game in five days after dropping the first of the season. Tee Higgins caught seven passes for 124 yards and a TD.

Bridgewater threw an incomplete pass on Miami's final drive to turn the ball over on downs with 57 seconds left.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater throws during the second quarter of a "Thursday...
Miami Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater throws during the second quarter of a "Thursday Night Football" game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Cincinnati.

Tagovailoa was 8 for 14 for 110 yards and an interception before his injury. Bridgewater finished 14 for 23 for 193 yards, a touchdown and an interception in relief.

"It's a tough loss," Bridgewater said. "It's tough walking away, especially under the circumstances."

Tyreek Hill paced the Dolphins with 10 catches for 160 yards.

Jason Sanders kicked three field goals and had one blocked. He also missed a point-after attempt.

"You're going to lose games to very good teams if you lose the turnover battle and you're kicking field goals instead of trying for touchdowns," Miami coach Mike McDaniel said. "We had been executing. We didn't today. You don't get free passes against good teams."

Tagovailoa was taken to a hospital, but was expected to be released and fly home with the team. McDaniel said the quarterback sustained a concussion.

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