With 16 seconds left and the Dolphins backed up their own territory, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s right arm and twisted head formed an “L” shape as he let go of a high arch pass.
The losses for the Raiders defense in this miracle were twofold: the ball somehow found receiver Mack Hollins, and unloaded male Fitzpatrick grabbed 15 yards on the already long gain. Miami entered the field goal field at Las Vegas 26 with the sequence.
Moments later, Dolphins shooter Jason Sanders made a 44-yard shot winning the game.
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“If we have to go to a first-aid pitcher in the ninth, that’s what we’re going to do,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said of bringing Fitzpatrick into the fourth quarter to replace a healthy Tua Tagovailoa.
Fitzpatrick, who has earned the nickname “FitzMagic” during his career, won a wide celebration on social media for his heroics. The Raiders, who lost an extra point and settled for a field goal within 10 in their final two possessions, were mocked.
Below are some of the reactions to the unlikely finish, which eliminated the Raiders from the playoffs as they put the Dolphins about to make a bed.
I don’t see the problem, Tua is the starter and Fitzpatrick is the closest, he normalizes the initial rotations in football
– BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) December 27, 2020
Imagine being one of the best quarterbacks in high school and watching tonight who knows, deep down, that Ryan Fitzpatrick is taking over his job in six years.
– Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) December 27, 2020
If I’m the Dolphins, I ask Ryan Fitzpatrick in the morning for a contract for 2021. Backup. Mentor. Liberator. Mag. Give it any title you want.
– Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 27, 2020