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VIDEO: Remembering the Dolphins' Miami Miracle Game-Winning TD to Beat the Patriots in 2018

Tristan Jung
Kenyan Drake speeds toward the end zone in 2018's Miami Miracle.
Kenyan Drake speeds toward the end zone in 2018's Miami Miracle. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Any time an NFL team scores on a hook and lateral play, it goes down in history. The "Miracle in Miami" from 2018 was an instant classic, and it's worth remembering in full.

On December 9, 2019, the 9-4 New England Patriots and 7-6 Miami Dolphins faced off in yet another divisional showdown. The Patriots were hoping to keep pace in the race for the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC, while the Dolphins were trying to stay in the playoff hunt.

After a back-and-forth game that featured eight lead changes, the Patriots took a 33-28 lead with 16 seconds remaining. Miami advanced the ball to their 31-yard line, but with seconds remaining, they had to employ a lateral play.

Ryan Tannehill threw the ball to Kenny Stills, who was quickly surrounded by defenders. The commentators and most fans thought the game was over, even during the play, but Stills managed to find DeVante Parker on a lateral pass. Parker then tossed the ball to Kenyan Drake, who evaded countless defenders and sprinted for the end zone.

A last-ditch effort by tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was inexplicably on the field rather than safety Devin McCourty, failed as he tripped and Drake found the end zone as time expired. Drake had run 52 yards and singlehandedly won the game.

The touchdown was the first successful walk-off that involved multiple laterals in NFL history. That the play came against Tom Brady and the Patriots, who would go on to win yet another Super Bowl that season, made it even more special. While the Dolphins would fail to win another game in 2018 and Drake, Stills, and Tannehill would all be on a different teams a year later, the miracle will go down in the collective memory as one of the greatest NFL moments of all time.

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