The Miami Dolphins pulled off arguably the play of the 2018-19 NFL season in Week 14 on Sunday, December 9 when they stunned the New England Patriots with a last-second touchdown to earn the win. The Dolphins were trailing the Patriots by a score of 34-28 with just seven seconds remaining on the clock.
That is when “The Miracle At Hard Rock Stadium” took place.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill found wide receiver Kenny Stills down the middle of the field. Stills then lateraled the ball to fellow wide receiver DeVante Parker, who then made a slip move to find some space before lateraling the ball to running back Kenyan Drake.
Drake made some magic of his own happen as he weaved throughout the Patriots defense before beating New England tight end Rob Gronkowski on an angle to the corner of the endzone and finishing off the shocking play.
After the game, Tannehill admitted that the play was named after a college football program that pulled off an epic win of its own years ago. The play, named “Boise,” was an homage to the Boise State Broncos which knocked off the Oklahoma Sooners in stunning fashion in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
Zach Cox of NESN wrote, “Ryan Tannehill said the Dolphins call that final play ‘Boise.’ It’s the same one Boise State used against Oklahoma in that legendary Fiesta Bowl, though Tannehill admitted they ran it ‘a little cleaner’ than Miami did.”
Well played, Dolphins.
We will have to see if they attempt Boise State’s iconic “Statue of Liberty” play next week when they take on the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, December 16. Kickoff between the two teams is set for 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS.