It didn’t contain working by way of Stanford’s band, however in a play that evoked recollections of “The Play,” the Miami Dolphins lateraled their strategy to a last-second miracle landing on Sunday, beating the New England Patriots, 34-31.
Identical to Cal did when going through off with the Cardinal again in 1982, the Dolphins discovered themselves down late and needing a landing to win. And like Cal, they knew they couldn’t get in the long run zone with only one participant carrying the ball.
On this 2018 model, which was pulled off at Miami’s Onerous Rock Stadium, Ryan Tannehill took the snap at Miami’s 31-yard line. He threw 14 yards to Kenny Stills and because the vast receiver absorbed some contact from Jonathan Jones, the published group declared “this can finish it.”
Stills, although, confirmed terrific consciousness of the sector, turned and lateraled the ball to DeVante Parker who ran only a bit earlier than pitching the ball to Kenyan Drake.
The play nonetheless appeared more likely to finish in failure, however Drake, a working again, broke a sort out, minimize left, bought an incredible block to present him some room, after which reduce proper, streaking down the sideline and into the top zone, simply outrunning Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots’ tight finish who had been in on protection to assist in deep go protection.
“These guys executed it in addition to you might,” Dolphins Coach Adam Gase stated after the sport. “Once you follow it, you don’t actually know the way it’s going to end up. Kenyan realized he had a lane and took it.”
The victory retains Miami’s slim playoff probabilities alive.
The Dolphins fell behind on the primary drive of the sport when New England fullback James Develin scored on a 2-yard run. However Miami answered proper again with a 75-yard drive that culminated in Tannehill discovering Stills for a 7-yard landing.
That’s how the sport would proceed to play out, with New England repeatedly seeming to take management just for Miami to battle its manner again right into a lead.
Tannehill accomplished 14 of 19 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns, outdueling Tom Brady regardless of the five-time Tremendous Bowl-winner throwing for 358 yards and three touchdowns.
Miami’s offense appeared to succeed by throwing every part it had at New England. The ageless Frank Gore rushed for 92 yards, the previous Patriot Brandon Bolden ran in two touchdowns, and Stills had eight catches for 135 yards and a landing.
The Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski missed an additional level for the primary time in 38 tries this season early within the recreation, and he additionally missed a 42-yard area aim attempt. However his 32-yarder to cap a 55-yard drive put the Patriots forward 30-28 with 6:45 left.
Coach Invoice Belichick opted to have Gostkowski kick a 22-yarder within the closing seconds somewhat than pin the Dolphins close to their aim line. As an alternative, they returned the following kickoff to the 31 — and on the subsequent play pulled off a miracle.
With the loss, the Patriots dropped to 9-4, dropping floor to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs within the race for dwelling area benefit all through the playoffs. The win gave Miami some hope of getting a wild-card spot, although it will likely be a troublesome slog as a number of groups are bunched up with 7-6 data.
Brady broke the NFL document for profession landing passes together with postseason and now has 582, three greater than Peyton Manning.