The Dolphins have not secured a Super Bowl win since 1973, defeating the Minnesota Vikings, 24-7. There has been stress, losing seasons, adversity and confusion over the years for the Miami Dolphins.
On Sunday, all was pushed aside. In one of the craziest finishes to a football game, Miami, on the final play of the game, used hook-and-laterals to shockingly defeat the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium, 34-33. Dolphins improve their overall record to 7-6, keeping playoffs intact for another week.
So here are ten takeaways from that game.
1) Hard Rock Stadium is Tom Brady’s House of Horrors: New England quarterback Tom Brady had an amazing day statistically, but was not able to secure an all-important victory. The future Hall of Famer completed 27 out of 43 of his passes, for 358 yards, 3 TD’s and zero interceptions. The loss drops Brady to 7-10 all-time against the Dolphins in South Florida. The last time New England defeated Miami outside of Gillette Stadium? January 1, 2017.
2) With Baltimore loss, Miami is alive: The Kansas City Chiefs knocked off the Baltimore Ravens in overtime, 27-24. Good news? Yes. The loss drops Baltimore to 7-6, resulting in a tiebreaker with Miami.
3) Miami Miracle: The play that will have Dolphins fans and football fans reminiscing about for years to come. With the Patriots ahead, 33-28, and fourteen seconds remaining on the clock, QB Ryan Tannehill completed a 14-yard pass to Kenny Stills. Stills lateraled to DeVante Parker, who then lateraled to RB Kenyan Drake. Drake took the football 50 yards for the score, and pandemonium erupted across Hard Rock Stadium.
4) Ryan Tannehill Injury: In the closing minutes of the first half, Ryan Tannehill appeared to have his ankle stepped on by RT Ja’Wuan James. Tannehill slowly walked to the locker room, but the medical staff was able to put tape around Tannehill’s ankle during the intermission. Tannehill returned at the start of the third quarter and ultimately helped the team to victory, but it will be something to watch going forward.
5) Kenny Stills made presence felt: WR Kenny Stills, who hasn’t been getting the football enough, was in full force today. Stills caught a team-high eight passes, gaining 135 yards, including a touchdown in the first quarter. However, he also had two costly errors that nearly ruined the team, including sliding to protect himself from taking a hard hit one yard short of a crucial first down, and also dropping a pass that would have also counted as a crucial first down. He needs the ball, but he needs to not make those errors as well.
6) Patriots Big 3: WRs Josh Gordon, Julian Edelman and TE Rob Gronkowski all toasted the Miami defense Sunday. Gronkowski secured a touchdown on eight catches, 107 yards. Gordon, acquired in a trade earlier in the season, hauled in 5 receptions, contributing 96 yards. Edelman had 86 yards on 9 catches.
7) Kiko Alonso, Kiko Alonso, Kiko Alonso: All season long, LB Kiko Alonso has been making plays on the defensive side for Miami. Alonso paced the Dolphins defense with 8 solo tackles, including one for a loss of yardage.
8) Ryan Tannehill Balls against New England at home: With Sunday’s victory, QB Ryan Tannehill improved to 4-1 all-time against New England in Miami. Away from Hard Rock Stadium, Tannehill is an eye-scratching 0-6.
9) Stephen Gostkowski two crucial misses: Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski is one reason New England fell Sunday. Gostkowski missed an early PAT and a 42-yard FG attempt, ultimately costing New England four crucial points
10) Next Opponent - 12/16 at Minnesota: Miami is currently 2-0 in December, but the schedule does not get much easier. The Dolphins will travel to a hostile environment, in U.S. Bank Stadium, to battle the Minnesota Vikings. December 21, 2014 was the last time these two squared off; a 37-35 Dolphins victory.
This story was written by Brandon Liguori. Follow him on Twitter: @BLiguoriSports
Latest Dolphins News