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.

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.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Phin fan here. Said it elsewhere on this site. Want Tua to be great but they labor to get the ball down the field. Fitz comes in and we get rolling. Why is that? Worried beyond belief about Tua. I get to watch Justin Herbert tho for the next 10 years. Sigh.

  2. The thing about Fitzmagic is that he can come off the bench and do that for one game, then turn around the next week and turn into Fitztragic throwing 3 picks. There’s a reason why Tua is starting. The coach thinks he gives them the best chance to win week in week out.

  3. The Dolphins are an interesting watch with an interesting future. Can’t wait to see how they perform with everything on the line these next couple of weeks. It was a lot of fun watching Fitz come off the bench last night and do his thing but these are moments for Tua to grow from. For better or worse Fitz will throw the ball to anybody at any time. Tua is obviously much more cautious with the ball and will benefit from Devante Parker being back out there.

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