Dolphins beat Patriots on last-second lateral fiesta, touchdown

Dolphins beat Patriots on last-second lateral fiesta, touchdown

Dolphins beat Patriots on last-second lateral fiesta, touchdown

Especially at the end.

Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake scores the game-winning touchdown to stun the Patriots, 34-33 on Sunday. "It was sandlot football", Drake said. They find themselves among the teams who saved their playoff hopes for at least one week. "They got it to their fast guys". The Patriots had many of their best athletes on the field, including tight end Rob Gronkowski.

But while the game will be remembered for the final seconds, the Patriots (9-4) could blame many other plays for a role in the defeat. Stunningly, it was an offensive shootout for much of the game.

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. "We work on it every Friday and Saturday", Gase said. "We have to continue to be very gritty, hard-nosed, never-say-die attitude, and continue to get these wins".

Gronk, for his part, didn't question the call, but lamented his inability to make a play.

Regardless of where you watched the "Miracle in Miami" or what network you saw it on, it seems like one of those sports finishes that isn't going to be forgotten anytime soon. "It was just me and Gronk. So it was just a play that should never happen". A missed field goal and an extra point by one of the best kickers in the NFL.

Belichick opted to have Gostkowski kick a 22-yarder in the closing seconds rather than try for a clinching TD or - worst-case scenario - give the Dolphins the ball near their goal line. Instead, they returned the ensuing kickoff to the 31 - and on the next play pulled off the miracle.

But with the Dolphins taking the final snap from their own 31-yard line, a throw that long from Ryan Tannehill would have been almost impossible.

Gronkowski was out there to combat a potential Hail Mary pass from Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill. It came down to one play, but there were a lot of things besides that.

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