By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303
Dolphins 34 – Patriots 33
Let me first start out by saying…”Alright Miami!” because that was my very first thought after watching the Dolphins pull off a miracle last play to win the game. I could hear good ole Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich’s voice in my head.
A fitting end to a very typical AFC East match-up. A game that saw nine lead changes, which now stands as the second most in an NFL game.
Don’t think many fans would have expected that outcome when it comes to a shoot-out with future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who been under constant criticism here in Miami of late, showed up and played with some true grit. Playing through an ankle injury after getting stepped on by guard Ja’wuan James during the last seconds before the half, Tannehill was taking back to the Dolphins locker room were x-rays were negative. He emerged several minutes before the third quarter action was to begin.
“Did some drops, did some play-actions, simulated moving the pocket, and felt like I was going to be able to evade a rush and get the ball off,” Tannehill said. “I know if I could do that and hand the ball off, then I would be in good shape. Gave it a go and it worked out.”
After the game, however, when asked how the ankle was doing, Tannehill replied “Honestly, it feels like crap, but it is what it is. You’ve got to be able to fight through some things like that.” And fight through he did.
During most of the game, the Dolphins kept pace but had some mental break-downs. Special teams was a concern as the Dolphins had two blocked punts. But this team never gave up. And just how nice was it to see former Patriots running back Brandon Bolden come in and put it to his former team? So many times as fans we have watched players released only to come back and haunt us. Nice to be finally on the other side of that coin.
With that being said, how about RB Frank Gore (from??? Yep the #U)? Gore passed Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson (18,456) on the all-time yards-from-scrimmage list, moving into fifth place. Gore had quite a game as well he rushed 12 times for 92 yards and caught his lone target for 24 yards.
All looked for naught however, as the Patriots kicked a FG with only seconds left, leaving the Dolphins playoff hopes bleak, to say the least. Tannehill took the field and the play call was Boise, which calls for several laterals. With :07 seconds left, Tannehill took the shotgun snap and threw a perfect pass to wide receiver Kenny Stills who then pitched it back to WR DeVante Parker who then pitched it to RB Kenyan Drake.
— Unfinished Business (@FinishTheBiz) December 9, 2018
And the rest is history. It was especially nice because the Patriots fans were starting to wave bye to us singing “Hey Hey Hey Good Bye”
It was nice to get the last laugh.
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