SEATTLE — A concussion kept Dan Marino from his usual postgame meeting with the media, but it didn't stop him from throwing the game-winning touchdown pass with 2:15 left.
Marino's 15-yard scoring pass to Fred Banks was the difference in Sunday's 19-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
"When he came out of the game in the fourth quarter, he wasn't sure where he was," Dolphin Coach Don Shula said.
Marino, making his first appearance in the Kingdome, brought the Dolphins (3-0) back in the fourth quarter on the road for the second time this season. He rallied Miami for a 27-23 victory in Cleveland on Sept. 14.
Shula said team physicians gave Marino the OK to go back in the game or he would have been kept on the sidelines. Marino got a game ball from his teammates for his effort.
"It's just another great effort by a great, great player," Shula said. "He struggled out there earlier, but when we had to have it, he gave it to us. He made a lot of plays late in the ball game."
Seattle (1-3) lost despite another strong showing by its defense, which forced four turnovers, two by safety Eugene Robinson.
"I feel like we're getting better, but it's hard to think of anything when we lose a game like this," Seahawks quarterback Kelly Stouffer said.
Marino drove the Dolphins 80 yards in 12 plays in 4:20 for their game-winning score--with a big boost from backup quarterback Scott Mitchell.
After Marino was knocked dizzy by Rufus Porter, Mitchell, who had never thrown a pass in a regular-season game, came in on third and 10 and threw an 18-yard completion to Tony Martin. That put the Dolpins on the Seattle 16 with 3:44 to play.
Marino came back for the next play and the Dolphins went ahead three plays later when, on third and nine, Marino passed to a wide open Banks in the right corner of the end zone. Banks was barely able to get both feet inbounds.
Said Mitchell of Marino: "He's so tough that you could cut off his legs and he'd still play."
Pete Stoyanovich kicked field goals of 53, 31, 37 and 27 yards for the Dolphins.
Shula, 62, recorded his 309th NFL coaching victory, 16 shy of equaling the late George Halas' all-time record of 325. It was his first victory in seven games against Seahawk Coach Tom Flores, who was 6-0 against Shula while with the Raiders.
More important, the Dolphins won on a day when AFC East rival Buffalo (4-0) also won. Miami is at Buffalo next Sunday.