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Ryan Tannehill, Brian Hartline set records for Dolphins

It didn't take long for Ryan Tannehill to rewrite history.

Most passing yards by an NFL rookie in one game
Year
Player
Team
Opponent
Yds
2011
432
2012
431
2011
422
2009
422
2006
Matt Leinart
405
1997
Jake Plummer
388
2004
382

In just his fourth game as a pro, the Miami Dolphins quarterback shattered the team record for single-game passing yardage by a rookie. Tannehill was 26 of 41 for 431 yards, eclipsing Dan Marino's 1983 mark of 322. League-wide, Tannehill's rookie mark was second only to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who rattled off 432 yards against the Green Bay Packers a season ago.

Tannehill wasn't the only figure of note in Sunday's 24-21 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

The lion's share of Tannehill's handiwork was channeled through receiver Brian Hartline, whose 12 catches for 253 yards set a franchise record.

Maybe Tannehill can't draw you a map of how the NFL's eight divisions break down, but his ability to pick apart a defense was on display against the Cardinals. He still commits too many turnovers -- Tannehill had two picks and one fumble in the loss -- but he's productive.

Tannehill's finest work came in finding Hartline as he crossed through the heart of the Cardinals' defense for an 80-yard touchdown strike midway through the final quarter.

Miami's group of receivers was ripped all summer as a weak-sister bunch that left their rookie quarterback without a viable target. Hartline silenced critics with a nine-catch, 111-yard performance in Week 2 and continued his to be Tannehill's favorite outside target while Davone Bess worked the slot. Part of the problem in Miami post-Marino has been the lack of a strong-armed passer that showed any ounce of ability to build rhythm on drives.

Tannehill and Hartline fell short on Sunday, but for the Dolphins -- after years in the desert at the quarterback position -- there's reason for hope.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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