In one of the drunker NFL games in recent memory, Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Miami Dolphins to a 26-25 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders and preserve their pole position for the seventh and final spot in the AFC playoffs.
To recap, here is what happened in the fourth quarter:
- Tua Tagovailoa was benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick
- Fitzpatrick promptly led the Dolphins down the field, where they would have scored a touchdown if not for a dropped ball in the end zone, and settled for a field goal to make it 16-16.
- On the first play of the next drive, Derek Carr hit Nelson Agholor for a wild 85-yard touchdown. Raiders missed extra point. 22-16.
- Fitzpatrick leads a three-play 75-yard touchdown drive, culminating in a 59-yard TD reception by Myles Gaskin. 23-22 Dolphins.
- The Raiders get deep into Dolphins territory on a pass interference call. Instead of trying to score a touchdown they run the clock down to kick a field goal with 23 seconds remaining, giving the Dolphins the ball with 19 seconds left.
- Fitzpatrick hits Mack Hollins for 41 yards, 15 more get tacked on the play on a roughing the passer call, Dolphins hit field goal.
So wild. pic.twitter.com/b9pHsZaKcM
— Ryan Glasspiegel (@sportsrapport) December 27, 2020
If you’re a Ravens fan, it is going to haunt your dreams for potentially a long time that Jon Gruden did not try to score a touchdown on the Raiders’ final drive. If the Dolphins had lost, the Ravens would have controlled their own destiny. The Browns could also be affected if they don’t win their final two games. Now, the Dolphins are in the playoffs with a Week 17 win over the Buffalo Bills.