On Miami’s second snap, Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald knocked the football out of the Dolphins quarterback’s hand. The Rams recovered Tagovailoa’s fumble at the Miami 15-yard line to set up the first points of the game on Robert Woods' 4-yard end-around.
Miami’s next two series ended in punts, but defensive tackle Christian Wilkins' first NFL interception gave the Dolphins the football at the Los Angeles 33-yard line for their fourth possession.
Tagovailoa’s 15-yard completion to Jakeem Grant moved Miami into a goal-to-go situation, and his third-down throw from the 3 got the Dolphins into the end zone.
Tagovailoa connected with wide receiver DeVante Parker for his first NFL touchdown pass on the final play of the first quarter as Miami tied the score at 7-7.
Tagovailoa threaded the ball to Parker, who caught it even though he was hit early by Los Angeles cornerback David Long Jr. Long was flagged for defensive pass interference, a penalty that Miami declined.
Tagovailoa joined the Dolphins as the fifth player picked in the NFL Draft on April 23. He had served as the backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick in Miami’s first six games, taking only five snaps before making his first start on Sunday.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at?@AMarkG1.