Dolphins beat Patriots on last-second lateral fiesta, touchdown

You ready for the nicest play of the season?

You’re the New England Patriots, you’re up by five points with less than 10 seconds remaining, and you’ve got the Dolphins pinned at their own 31. Game over, right?

Not so fast, slick. The Dolphins unveiled the play of the year: a two-lateral sprint for 69 yards that left the Patriots grasping at air, a loss wrapped around their disbelieving necks.

In order:

• Quarterback Ryan Tannehill took the snap in shotgun formation at Miami’s 31.

• Tannehill found Kenny Stills on the right side for a short completion.

• Stills ran for 14 yards, then lateraled to DeVante Parker.

• Parker scuttled for another five yards, then lateraled to Kenyan Drake.

• Drake then wove his way through the last vestiges of the New England defense, including a flailing Rob Gronkowski, for a 50-yard touchdown.

It was a brilliant maneuver — New England was prepped for a Hail Mary, but Miami opted for a dump-and-lateral showpiece. And amazingly enough, it paid off.

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Sep 9, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (left) and Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson (right) both kneel during the national anthem prior to a game against the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 09: Receivers Kenny Stills #10 and Albert Wilson #15 of the Miami Dolphins sit on the bench during the playing of the national anthem prior to playing against the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 09: Robert Quinn #94 of the Miami Dolphins raises his fist during the National Anthem against the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 09: Albert Wilson #15 and Kenny Stills #10 of the Miami Dolphins sit during the National Anthem against the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 09: Albert Wilson #15 and Kenny Stills #10 of the Miami Dolphins sit during the National Anthem against the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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