Miami Miracle! Dolphins pull off improbable end-of-game TD to beat Patriots
The New England Patriots had a victory all but wrapped up, leading 33-28 with mere seconds remaining and the Miami Dolphins on their own 31-yard line.
Surely, it was over, right?
On one of the most improbable end of game lateral sequences, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill hit Kenny Stills on a short pass, and he lateraled the ball to DeVante Parker, who shuffled it to Kenyan Drake, who ran 52 yards for the stunning touchdown and a 34-33 victory.
This is one play you might want to watch a few times.
Once the replay confirmed it was a touchdown, the reality sunk in: The Patriots blew a chance to win their 10th game of the season in a place that has been a nightmare location for them over the years. They’ve now lost five of six games in Miami, but this one hurt as much as any of them.
Old friend Brandon Bolden shocked the Patriots early with two rushing scores in the first half, as the ex-New England special teamer had his first two-TD game since college. Although the Patriots’ defense was better in the second half (prior to the late meltdown), it allowed the Dolphins 9.2 yards per play.
Stephen Gostkowski hit the go-ahead field goal with 21 seconds remaining to put New England up in a game they looked to be in control of, despite Gostkowski missing an extra-point attempt and a field-goal attempt earlier. Tom Brady, who had 358 passing yards and three TDs, also missed out on points right before halftime by taking a sack with no timeouts left after a Miami turnover deep in their zone.
The Dolphins amazingly remain in the postseason race at 7-6. The Patriots are 9-4 and have work to do to secure a first-round bye.
On the final sequence, Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy missed a tackle on Drake, and Rob Gronkowski — who was deep as a safety — and J.C. Jackson couldn’t take down Drake as the streaked into the end zone to cap the mayhem in Miami. Why Gronkowski, in a season in which he has battled injuries, was on defense is a question many will want answered after this one.
But this is as bad a late-game collapse as the Patriots have had in some time — even in their own house of horrors in Miami.