It’s arguably the most famous play from the regular season last year in the NFL, and it’s no surprise that the “Miami Miracle” that the Dolphins used to defeat the Patriots has made the ESPN Espy award final four for top play in any sport for 2018.
The “Worldwide Leader in Sports” made the announcement earlier on Tuesday of the four finalists plays and it also includes one involving the Jacksonville Jaguars:
The finalists are in!
— ESPN (@espn) July 3, 2019
First, the Dolphins amazing final play of their December victory over New England has been getting tons of attention in the voting.
The play began with just :07 remaining and the Fins trailing 33-28 at their own 31 yard line.
That’s when quarterback QB Ryan Tannehill hit Kenny Stills with a pass over the middle. Stills then lateraled to DeVante Parker and Parker scrambled around and then threw a second lateral to running back Kenyan Drake. Drake, proceeded to weave through the Patriot defenders downfield outracing two of them (above), including tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was on the field for the final play defensively.
Drake covered the final 52 yards himself and scored with nothing but “zeros” remaining on the clock.
He was mobbed my nearly the entire Dolphin team in the corner of the end zone, as Miami celebrated an improbable victory. The play made NFL history as the only time ever that a play with at least two laterals had been converted into a touchdown on the final play of a game.
Of the other finalists, involves another Florida team, as Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry’s 99-yard touchdown run during the Thursday night meeting with the Jaguars in Nashville also made the cut. On that play, it seemed as though the bruising Henry ran through, or past, almost every member of the Jaguars defense on his way to the record-tying touchdown scamper.
While it was impressive, it was not on the final play of the game and that’s where it may lose out to the “Miami Miracle.”
Speaking of final plays, one of the other four finalists is Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard’s game-winning buzzer-beater at the end of game 7 of the Eastern Conference playoff series with the Philadelphia 76ers. Leonard’s shot bounced around the rim four times before it finally dropped to win the game with no time left. And it eventually enabled Toronto to upset Golden State in six games to win the NBA Championship.
The fourth and final nominee is gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s scoring a “perfect 10” with her floor exercise with a couple of dramatic somersaults.
The four finalists for best play have been whittled down from 16 original entries and with fan voting is still ongoing. The Espy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on July 10th on ABC with comedian/actor Tracy Morgan, as the host.
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