MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — It was a Miami miracle.
With their playoff hopes hanging on by a slim thread, the Dolphins known as a last-ditch hook-and-ladder appropriately named “Boise.” Two pitches, a cross-field zigzag and Kenyan Drake outrunning a stumbling Rob Gronkowski for a landing as time expired resulted in a 34-33 Dolphins victory Sunday over the Patriots.
“Now we have one thing for these sort of conditions. We work on it each Friday and Saturday,” coach Adam Gase stated. “It is boring since you would possibly go three years with out calling considered one of them. However these guys caught with it and so they executed that one for certain.”
South Florida as soon as once more proved to be a nightmarish vacation spot for the Patriots, who could not cease a multiple-lateral play to clinch the AFC East.
Ryan Tannehill, on his personal 31-yard line, dropped again for a cross to Kenny Stills. A number of Patriots surrounded him, however Stills pitched the ball to receiver DeVante Parker as he was falling down.
Stills’ key position within the landing got here after he dropped a third-down cross that would have prolonged a fourth-quarter comeback drive on the Dolphins’ earlier possession; he responded with a well timed, heads-up play within the sport’s largest second.
“The Miami miracle sounds good,” Stills stated.
Parker pitched to working again Drake, who broke a sort out, appeared for an additional participant to pitch for earlier than deciding to flip it again upfield. He outran a number of Patriots, however the closing man between him and the top zone was Gronkowski.
The Patriots possible put Gronkowski again there getting ready for a jump-ball state of affairs, however the tight finish proved a legal responsibility as a tackler as Drake tightroped the sideline working proper previous him. Gronkowski misplaced his footing and tripped as Drake galloped into the top zone.
“The way in which it ended sucked,” Gronkowski stated. “I’ve by no means been part of something like that. I really feel prefer it’s going to take a look at our character big-time. I’ve to make that sort out.”
Exhausting Rock Stadium erupted in cheers. Drake was mobbed by a number of teammates. Two Dolphins offensive linemen lay on the sphere simulating snow angles. Patriots gamers, in shock, walked towards the locker room.
“[There’s] a number of pleasure,” Gase stated. “These guys are fired up.”
Miami has lengthy been the Patriots’ home of horrors, and Sunday might need probably the most horrifying loss of all of them for New England. Miami has now won 5 of its previous six houses video games vs. the Patriots. Tom Brady is 7-10 vs. the Dolphins in Miami.
The Dolphins (7-6) prevented the Patriots (9-Four) from clinching the AFC East for a 10th consecutive season on their dwelling area. In addition they moved right into a tie for sixth place with Baltimore, Indianapolis and Tennessee for the No. 6 AFC playoff spot.