The Miami Dolphins 2016 season was definitely one to remember. From a grueling 1-4 start, to a thrilling 9-2 finish that included the franchise’s first playoff berth in eight years, the Dolphins kept us on the edge of our seats all season long.
During the offseason, I will be doing a weekly article on the team’s finest moments from 2016. We’ll start this series off in Week 11 when the Dolphins wrapped up their two game west coast road trip in style by defeating the Los Angeles Rams.
The Dolphins last minute victory in Los Angeles was up there with my favorite moments of 2016. Like all of us, I was a frustrated fan five weeks into the season. After the Dolphins rattled off four in a row I went all in, but at the same time remained, in my words, “cautiously optimistic” about the future.
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The Dolphins then showed me why I remained cautiously optimistic during their first three quarters of football in Los Angeles. Although it seemed unlikely that the Fins would win due to their complete inability to pick up even a first down, I remembered that during the last three games, they were all close games in which clutch players made clutch plays.
I had a weird feeling that this game would be no different. Now, I’m not going to be one of those people who tells you they knew Devante Parker and Ryan Tannehill were going to connect five times in the fourth quarter to come out on top against the Rams, mostly because I thought it would be Jarvis Landry.
A Dolphins offense that couldn’t do anything for 55 minutes of play, suddenly turned it on when it mattered most.
It all started with 5:14 on the clock when Ryan Tannehill connected with Devante Parker for a 15-yard completion that put the ball on the LA 23-yard line. On the very next play, Tannehill went to Parker again for a 12-yard completion that put the ball on the Rams 12. Two plays later Tannehill hit Jarvis Landry for a touchdown to make it 10-7 LA.
After a quick stop the Dolphins offense went back to work. Right after the two-minute warning, Tannehill and Parker hooked up once again for a 12-yard completion. Then, again, on the next play, Parker got the Dolphins down to the LA 26 yard line with just under 1:20 on the clock.
After some veteran clockwork by Coach Gase, Tannehill connected with Devante Parker one last time with 0:36 on the clock in arguably the most beautiful touchdown catch a Dolphins receiver had all season.
Parker finished the game with eight receptions for 79-yards and the game winning touchdown. A player whose young career has been hampered by injury finally got his chance to shine and did just that. Five of Parker’s eight catches came with less than five minutes to play in regulation.
Parker helped keep the winning streak alive in a breakout performance. How fitting it was in LA.