MIAMI — Miami Dolphins rookie Ryan Tannehill had a so-so showing Friday night, which was more than some of his offensive teammates could say.
In his first game as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback, Tannehill went 11 for 27 for 112 yards and one interception, and Miami lost to the Atlanta Falcons 23-6.
Four of Tannehill’s passes were dropped, including a potential 4-yard touchdown throw that Anthony Fasano bobbled in the end zone. Tannehill was sacked once, forced to run twice and hit several other times.
Miami fell to 0-3, and Atlanta improved to 1-2.
The Dolphins managed only three points in Tannehill’s seven possessions. Atlanta’s first-team offense couldn’t muster a touchdown, either, until Miami’s defensive starters left the game at halftime.
Matt Ryan played midway into the third quarter and went 18 for 26 for 220 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown to Roddy White against reserves.
Both teams played their starters for the entire first half, when the Falcons outgained the Dolphins 175-166 and took a 9-3 lead.
Dominique Davis, an undrafted rookie free agent bidding to become Ryan’s backup, hit Tim Toone deep for a 39-yard score in the fourth.
Ryan led Atlanta 66 yards for a touchdown against backups. Michael Turner carried 10 times for 35 yards, and Julio Jones made four catches for 90 yards.
The Dolphins’ No. 1 defense got off the field without giving up points for the first time this exhibition season by stopping the Falcons on downs on the opening series. Cameron Wake finished with 1½ sacks for Miami.
The final eight minutes were played in heavy rain.