The Dolphins scored a touchdown on a wild final play Sunday to edge New England 34-33 in Miami and put the Patriots’ NFL playoff plans temporarily on hold.
The Patriots led 33-28 with seven seconds remaining, but couldn’t stop what coach Bill Belichick dubbed a “desperado” play.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill took the snap and connected with Kenny Stills, who made a 14-yard gain before shovelling a lateral pass to DeVante Parker.
Parker made it another five yards then flicked another lateral pass to Kenyan Drake, who raced in to complete the 69-yard gain for the winning TD.
“They could throw it deep or run one of their ‘desperado type’ plays,” Belichick said of what he thought the Dolphins’ choices were coming down to the wire. “Twenty-yard pass, and then it turned ‘desperado.'”
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— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 9, 2018
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It was the fifth defeat in the Patriots’ last six trips to Miami, and prevented them, for now, from clinching a 10th straight AFC East division title.
“The way it ended sucked,” said New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was on the field in a defensive role and was the last Patriot player with a chance to stop Drake.
The Dolphins, who erased five deficits on the way to victory, improved to 7-6 to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
bb/gph/ch (Additional editing by Sean McMahon)
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