A banged-up Tua Tagovailoa relieved an injured Jacoby Brissett, but it was the Miami defense that dominated on Thursday night, as the Dolphins hounded Lamar Jackson en route to a 22-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Miami (3-7) won its second straight since a seven-game losing streak and dropped Baltimore to 6-3.

Facing repeated blitzes, Jackson finished 26 of 43 for 238 yards, a touchdown and an interception, and the Dolphins limited the Ravens to total 304 yards, most of which came while trailing by two scores. Miami’s defense also accounted for the game’s first touchdown, as Xavien Howard stripped Sammy Watkins and returned the fumble 49 yards for a touchdown and a 15-3 lead with 11:23 to play.

Jackson pulled the Ravens within five with a 5-yard touchdown to Mark Andrews with 4:12 left, but the Dolphins answered with a 75-yard drive to put it away. Tagovailoa hit Albert Wilson for 64 yards and plunged in from 1 yard out on a QB sneak.

As he did against the Texans last week, Tagovailoa did not start as he continues to recover from a broken finger, but he was active as Brissett’s backup. Brissett was sacked on third down on the opening drive of the second half, and he immediately grabbed at his right knee.

He eventually walked off the field under his own power and was seen jogging on the sideline. Brissett was ruled questionable to return and tried to come back in the game, but coach Brian Flores stopped him and pointed to Tagovailoa to enter.

Tagovailoa, who missed three starts earlier this season with a rib injury, finished 8 of 13 for 158 yards, along with the rushing touchdown. Brissett was 11 of 23 for 156 yards before leaving.

“It doesn’t feel good. I can tell you that. I got it banged up in the game,” Tagovailoa said of his injured finger. “It’s tough when it’s fractured trying to grip a ball. It hurts. I just have to fight through.”

“He did a good job,” Flores added of Tagovailoa. “Definitely some discomfort, but he pushed through it.”

The highlight of the defensive battle may have been a touchdown that didn’t count by 327-pound Dolphins right guard Robert Hunt, who caught an errant screen pass, cut upfield and flipped over a tackle to reach the ball over the goal line for what appeared to be a 6-yard touchdown catch. Of course, Hunt was not an eligible receiver, and the Dolphins were flagged for illegal touching, nullifying the play.

(Photo: Eric Espada / Getty Images)

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