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鈥?until the final play.FRANTIC SEQUENCEThe teams swapped touchdowns and the lead for five consecutive possessions in the second

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Leon Lett learned in the Super Bowl never to celebrate too soon. His blunder the following Thanksgiving night schooled the entire Dallas Cowboys in that same painful lesson.Eleven months earlier Mike Gesicki Jersey , Lett’s showboating shy of the goal line after recovering a fumble allowed Don Beebe to catch him from behind and denied Dallas a sure touchdown. But that had come in the Cowboys’ 52-17 blowout of Buffalo.This time, his gaffe cost the Cowboys a crucial victory over Miami and allowed the Dolphins to pull off a 16-14 win in one of the most bizarre endings in NFL history.Lett, who now tutors defensive tackles for the Cowboys — who host the Dolphins again Sunday — was a Pro Bowl defensive lineman on the Cowboys’ three Super Bowl teams of the 1990s but he’s known as much for two blunders as his big plays.He said he looks back on that Thanksgiving night in 1993 “pretty much the same way. It was a cold-ass game and we were winning and we were up and I made a bone-head play.”The Dallas sideline went crazy when Jimmie Jones blocked Pete Stoyanovich’s 41-yard field goal try with 15 seconds left and the Cowboys clinging to a 14-13 lead at the old Texas Stadium, where a rare thunder snowstorm had made the field both icy and dicey.Everybody on the Cowboys sideline was hugging or high-fiving as the football spun like a top on the slush as the final seconds ticked away.“I thought we had won the game,” Michael Irvin said afterward. “I grabbed Troy Aikman and we were hugging.”“My first thought was to look around for someone to shove into it,” Miami center Jeff Dellenbach said that night. “But then that guy came charging into the damn thing.”The roar of the crowd drowned out Lett’s teammates who were yelling, “Fire! Fire!” — football code for “Stay away!”Lett came barreling in between three Dolphins surrounding the spinning ball and slid between them, his left foot scooting the ball toward the goal line.Suddenly, the ball was live.Dellenbach recovered the ball at the Dallas 1 with 3 seconds remaining, and Stoyanovich was good on his second chance, nailing the 19-yarder as time expired.Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson called it the most disappointing defeat of his life and Miami coach Don Shula called it the weirdest win he’d ever experienced.Lett hid out in the trainer’s room after the game.“My teammates were great. They were my support group. They were doing interviews for me. Nate Newton was doing interviews for me. All my teammates had my back and Coach Johnson had my back,” Lett recalled. “It was a tough time Jason Sanders Jersey , but it was also great for me to have that support and those people behind me.”Lett said winning the Super Bowl two months later was all the catharsis he needed.“I would like to hope people would look at my career as a guy that contributed to three Super Bowl championship teams and (see) a good player that played on some great teams in some great games,” Lett said.Here’s a look at what happened to the teams in the aftermath of that implausible finish:DALLASOddly, it turned out to be the last loss for Jimmy Johnson in Dallas. Jerry Jones fired him a few months later after Dallas had successfully defended its Super Bowl title.The Cowboys fell to 7-4 with the loss but won their next eight, beating Buffalo again in the Super Bowl and giving Lett peace of mind.“Winning that Super Bowl, holding that Super Bowl trophy … erased all of that and I moved forward,” Lett said.So did the Cowboys, who won another Super Bowl under Barry Switzer two years later.They’re 4-10 in the playoffs since then, including 2-3 under Jason Garrett, who was Aikman’s backup QB in 1993.Behind Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott and DeMarcus Lawrence, the Cowboys are 2-0 and believe they’re Super Bowl-capable like those 1990s teams.MIAMIThe Dolphins improved to 9-2 with their bizarre win in Dallas but they wouldn’t win again, losing their last five without an injured Dan Marino and missing the playoffs.Shula retired two years later Raekwon McMillan Jersey , and Jimmy Johnson replaced him and led Miami to the playoffs three times in his four seasons with the Dolphins.Miami has fallen on hard times with only two playoff berths in the past 17 seasons and no playoff wins since the 2000 season.This year, they’ve been outscored 102-10.MEMORABLE GAMES—Jan. 16, 1972. The Cowboys defeat the Dolphins 24-3 in Super Bowl 6 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans after losing to the Baltimore Colts the year before. It was the Dolphins’ only loss until Sept. 23, 1973, at Oakland, after they’d won Super Bowl 7 over Washington to cap the only perfect season in NFL history.—Nov. 22, 1973. The Dolphins beat the Cowboys 14-7 in Dallas on their way to repeating as Super Bowl champs.—Oct. 27, 1996. The Cowboys roll over the Dolphins 29-10 in Miami in a game that was most remarkable for who was on the sidelines: Dallas’ Barry Switzer and Miami’s Jimmy Johnson.—Nov. 24, 2011. The Cowboys beat the Dolphins 20-19 on another Thanksgiving Day but this time the temperature was 59 degrees, not 32 with 100 percent humidity and wind chill of 19 as it had been in 1993. The celebratory mob scene in the corner of the end zone broke out far from Ryan Tannehill. He was in the open field, running and screaming as he waved his arms, and couldn’t find anyone to hug. So flopped to the grass on his back Laremy Tunsil Jersey , the job done and the game won.“I collapsed 鈥?just the emotion of the whole thing,” Tannehill said.Sixteen seconds from defeat, Tannehill threw a short pass and then watched his teammates save the season.Kenyan Drake ran the last 52 yards as the Miami Dolphins scored on a pass and double lateral on the wild final play Sunday to beat the New England Patriots 34-33.Miami lived up to its nickname 鈥?the Magic City.“They just made one more play than we did,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.And what a play.The Patriots were on the verge of clinching their 10th consecutive AFC East title when the Dolphins lined up at their 31 after a kickoff return trailing 33-28.“We had them right where we wanted,” Tannehill said dryly. “Not really surprised with how things turned out.”He threw a 14-yard pass to Kenny Stills, who lateraled to DeVante Parker, who quickly lateraled to Drake along the sideline. He cut toward the middle, found a seam and beat two Patriots to the corner of the end zone 鈥?defensive back J.C. Jackson and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was on the field as part of New England’s prevent defense.“Drake runs a 4.3, and Gronk probably runs a 4.6 or 4.7, so you feel good about that matchup,” Tannehill said.Then came one last pass 鈥?Drake reared back and threw the ball into the stands as the Dolphins’ bench emptied and teammates mobbed him.The Dolphins call the play “Boise” because it was borrowed from the Boise State playbook Myles Gaskin Miami Dolphins Jerseys , and they had been working on it all year.“Those guys executed it as well as you could,” coach Adam Gase said. “When you practice it, you don’t really know how it’s going to turn out. Kenyan realized he had a lane and took it.”The play brought to mind other NFL last-second stunners, including Roger Staubach’s “Hail Mary”, the “Miracle in the Meadowlands” and the “Immaculate Reception”. It was the longest play from scrimmage to win a game with no time remaining in the fourth quarter since the 1970 merger.Tom Brady threw for 358 yards and three scores, but the stunned Patriots (9-4) lost in Miami for the fifth time in their past six visits. The Dolphins (7-6) came from behind five times to help their slim wild-card chances.“We’re playing one week at a time right now,” Gase said. “Any loss could be the end.”The Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski missed an extra point for the first time in 38 tries this season early in the game, and he also missed a 42-yard field goal try. But his 32-yarder to cap a 55-yard drive put the Patriots ahead 30-28 with 6:45 left.Belichick opted to have Gostkowski kick a 22-yarder in the closing seconds rather than pin the Dolphins near their goal line. Instead, they returned the ensuing kickoff to the 31 鈥?and on the next play pulled off a miracle.Brady broke the NFL record for career touchdown passes including postseason and now has 582, three more than Peyton Manning. His scores covered 2 yards to Julian Edelman, 37 to Cordarrelle Patterson and 16 to Gronkowski.Brady finished 27 for 43 with no turnovers, and Gronkowski had eight catches for 107 yards. Albert McClellan blocked a punt to set up a touchdown for the Patriots Miami Dolphins Jerseys 2019 , and they also deflected a punt.Tannehill missed two plays at the end of the first half after a teammate stepped on his right foot. He returned to start the second half, and his 23-yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler put the Dolphins ahead 28-27 late in the third quarter.But they managed only three first downs and no points thereafter 鈥?until the final play.FRANTIC SEQUENCEThe teams swapped touchdowns and the lead for five consecutive possessions in the second quarter over an entertaining span covering less than 11 minutes.Miami’s fourth-string running back Brandon Bolden, who spent six years with the Patriots, scored untouched on a career-long 54-yard run up the middle, and added a 6-yard scoring run.MISSED OPPORTUNITYThe Patriots squandered a scoring chance at the end of the first half. With 14 seconds left and no timeouts, Brady took the snap at the Miami 2, and when he was sacked by Robert Quinn the clock ran out, leaving the Patriots with a 27-21 lead.INJURY REPORTX-rays of Tannehill’s right ankle were negative, but he acknowledged it didn’t feel good after the game. “I rolled it pretty good,” he said. “Got X-rays and buttoned it up tight.”UP NEXTNew England plays Sunday at Pittsburgh. The Patriots also traveled there in Week 15 last year, and won 27-24.Miami plays Sunday at Minnesota.

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