This town hasn’t had such a quarterback in more than a decade. The Dolphins, meanwhile, hadn’t had a fourth-quarter comeback victory since 2009.
And Carpenter’s game-winning kick was his first since 2010, atoning for a missed would-be winner in Miami’s home loss to the Jets.
While Tannehill and Carpenter closed it out, a resurgent running game and a stout defense made it possible.
Reggie Bush had 87 yards on 14 carries. Daniel Thomas went for 60 on nine. Both had touchdowns. And as a team, the Dolphins grinded out 189, cracking 100 yards for the first time in 63 days.
Meanwhile the defense regrouped late after Wilson gashed them early. He threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 38 more, accounting for 81 percent of Seattle’s total offensive output.
But the Dolphins got a stop when they had to have one. Jared Odrick, who let Wilson slip away on the quarterback’s first touchdown pass, sacked him on third down to end a Seahawks (6-5) drive with less than two minutes to play.
Seattle had to punt, and hope Tannehill would play to form. Instead, he began writing his legacy, which is still mostly blank.
And by doing so, he gave a jolt to the Dolphins’ faint playoff hopes. They’re now 5-6 and, amazingly, just a game out of the AFC’s final wild card spot, with division-leading New England on deck.
“When you look at it, every game is a playoff game from now on out,” linebacker Kevin Burnett said. “Now is the time, and this is it.
“One play, one series, and if we can keep that attitude, we are a tough to beat. We are tough. You have to play dang near flawless to beat us.”
And hope Tannehill hasn’t finally figured this game out.