HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MIAMI MIRACLE

I was there to see it in person, and I still do not believe it. It was
the craziest, zaniest, most incredible play that I have ever
witnessed. It happened three years ago to this day. The New England
Patriots were visiting the Miami Dolphins in a late season tilt at
Hard Rock Stadium.

Entering the game, the Patriots were leading the AFC East with a
record of 9–3, while the Dolphins had a record of 6–6. A Patriots win
would clinch them their 10th consecutive AFC East title. After the
Patriots struck first with a touchdown, there would be a total of
eight lead changes, but Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski would miss
not only the extra point on the aforementioned first touchdown, but a
field goal attempt later on. Leading 30–28 after an unsuccessful
attempt to score a touchdown in the waning seconds, he would score
another field goal to put them up 33–28 with 16 seconds left to play.


Trailing by five points with seven seconds to go, the Dolphins had the
ball at their own 31-yard line. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a
pass over the middle that was caught by wide receiver Kenny Stills,
who lateralled the ball to the right side of the field that was caught
by DeVante Parker at midfield. Parker then tossed the ball to running-
back Kenyan Drake, who ran the ball 52 yards for a touchdown to win
the game 34–33. The Dolphins declined to kick the extra point, per the
rule change for the 2018 season following the Minneapolis Miracle.

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