(Please welcome new edition to the F.F.I. crew, Abbey Radeka, who has an update on one of the wildest plays, not only in Dolphins, but NFL history.)
The legendary touchdown play known as the “Miami Miracle” is still being talked about as one of the best finishes to a game that Miami Dolphins fans have ever seen (and likely will ever see). As you are probably aware, in December Miami pulled off nothing short of a miraculous touchdown in the final :07 seconds to defeat New England 34 – 33.
Now, it’s up for “Best Play” for ESPN’s 2019 ESPY Awards. The Dolphins tweeted this today, encouraging fans to vote.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) June 20, 2019
The 69 yard touchdown by RB Kenyan Drake, is just 1 of 16 highlights that are in the running for Best Play. Here is the complete list from espn.com
– Miami Miracle: Miami Dolphins Stun the New England Patriots
– Kawhi Leonard Drains Game-Winner at Buzzer in Game 7
– Derrick Henry’s NFL-record 99-yard run vs. Jaguars
– Wayne Rooney Just Single-Handedly Won A Match For D.C. United
– UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi scores a perfect 10
– Andrew Benintendi calls game
– Damian Lillard Sends OKC Home On Buzzer Beater
– Manchester QB Brendon Clar throws this ball to Kevin Henderson for the 48 yard TD catch
– Texas Tech WR makes one-handed grab that mirrors OBJs best catch
– Kinsley Washington singled home Jacqui Prober to win the Bruins’ 12th softball title
– Julie Ertz gives the USWNT the lead early in the second half
– Texas A&M’s Infinite Tucker goes ALL OUT for the gold
– Arike Ogunbowale Behind the Back Pass
– Kihei Clark, Mamadi Diakite Save Virginia at the buzzer
– Wilmington Charter’s Taylor Gillis with CATCH OF THE YEAR!
– “Hail Mary” pass helps Texas high school football team win state title
The winning play will be determined through bracket-style, online voting from the fans. Right now, plays are being voted on to make it into the “Elite Eight.” Fans can also vote for other categories such as Best Male/Female athlete, Best Breakthrough Athlete, Best Performance, and many more.
Voting is open now at espn.com/espys. Winners will be announced during the show on July 10th, airing on ABC at 8pm (EST).
Whether it officially becomes “Play of the Year” or not, the Miracle in Miami can claim that it is the first walk-off game-winning touchdown to involve multiple lateral passes in NFL history.
Sunday sees Dolphins and Jaguars back in action
Two of the state NFL teams will be in action Sunday afternoon and both or trying to avoid 0- 2 for different reasons.
First, you have the Jaguars, who already resemble a “M.A.S.H. Unit” of injuries, as they head to Houston to play the Texans in an AFC South showdown. The excitement of the addition of free-agent quarterback Nick Foles lasted exactly part of one quarter last Sunday against the Chiefs. That’s when Foles suffered a broken clavicle and a report Sunday says he will not be back until at least week 11 with the injury:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2019
That means that backup quarterback Gardner Minshew, a rookie 6th round pick out of Washington State, will now lead the Jaguars at least in the short-term. Minshew was very effective last week completing a high percentage of passes and moving the offense. Jacksonville also made a trade earlier in the week for Steelers backup QB Joshua Dobbs, but it’s not expected he will be able to contribute today.
Besides the Foles injury, the Jaguars will be without their top pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue, who suffered a hamstring strain in the lost to KC. The team will also be without left tackle Cam Robinson for the second straight game, as he suffered an injured knee in practice prior to the opener. The team also has ruled out defensive back A.J. Bouye and receiver Marqise Lee with injuries prior to this game.
The good news is the Texans are on a short week having lost an emotional, heartbreaking last second game to the Saints Monday night. Quarterback Deshaun Watson was also banged up, including an injured back off his first-half touchdown run. Still, the Texans will test the Jaguars pass defense the same way the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes did last week.
Meanwhile, in South Florida, the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots travel to take on the spiraling downward Dolphins. Miami was embarrassed 59 – 10 by Baltimore last week. And, that defeat now apparently has numerous players on the current roster wanting to be somewhere else, just as the Dolphins have gotten rid of most of their high-priced veterans already.
Controversial wide receiver Antonio Brown will apparently be active for New England for this game. Brown is being accused of sexual assault in a civil complaint that the NFL is investigating. However, the league took no action on keeping Brown from playing today and he did travel with the team.
The Dolphins do have some consolation in that under previous coaching staffs, they have won six of the last seven meetings against New England at Hard Rock Stadium. However, Miami’s got to find some kind of offense with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the backfield of Kenyan Drake and Kallen Ballage, to have any chance against the Pats.
Report- NFL will allow Antonio Brown to play for Pats Sunday
Despite all the drama surrounding him, it does appear that new Patriots WR Antonio Brown will be allowed by the NFL to make his Pats debut Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium against the Dolphins. That is, if the Patriots intend to have active and playing.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported early Friday afternoon that the nine year veteran acquired by New England last weekend after his volatile off season in Oakland led to his release last Saturday, would not be put on the “Commissioner’s Exempt List,” as a form of paid suspension, while sexual assault allegations are investigated:
More on the NFL not placing Patriots’ WR Antonio Brown on the commissioner's exempt list at this point, making him eligible to play Sunday against the Dolphins:https://t.co/89089aQkaK
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 13, 2019
Schefter reiterated that while the NFL has launched an investigation into the charges against Brown, after a civil lawsuit was filed in South Florida earlier this week, there is no criminal proceeding, yet and they will take the process in steps.
The lawsuit alleges that Brown inappropriately touched, committed a lewd sex act and then eventually, raped a 28 year old personal trainer, identified as Brittney Taylor, a former college classmate of Brown’s at Central Michigan, in three separate incidences from 2017-18.
That revelation was something that the NFL, and the Patriots, as well, did not know about, when Brown was signed Monday after he was released by the Oakland Raiders. Taylor is scheduled to meet with the NFL next week to give her version of the events.
Brown has been at Patriots practice on Wednesday and Thursday wearing jersey number #1 (above) during the portion of the practice that was open to the media. His lawyer, Darren Heitner, has publicly disputed the civil suit charges and told the media that Brown and Taylor “had a consensual relationship” in the past.
On Friday, Pats coach Bill Belichick refused to confirm whether Brown would make his debut against Miami or not on Sunday. Giving the non-answer on Brown’s status to play, “We’ll do what’s best for the team.”
He further told the New England media that Brown has; “long way to go, obviously. Not familiar with our offense. The systems he’s been in have been quite different. He’s working hard to pick it up and we’re working hard to get it to him.”
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