NFL Late Slate: Dolphins Edge Out Cowboys to Clinch Playoff Berth


In a thrilling showdown, the Miami Dolphins secured a playoff spot with a dramatic 22-20 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at Hard Rock Stadium. The game reached its climax as Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders, already successful with three 50-yard field goals, sealed the win with a 29-yard kick as time expired.

The Cowboys, trailing by nine points in the fourth quarter, mounted a comeback. A 49-yard touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb gave them an early lead, setting the stage for a field goal battle until the final quarter. Brandon Aubrey’s 33-yarder narrowed the gap to six points, and a touchdown pass from Dak Prescott to Brandin Cooks put Dallas ahead by a single point with just 3:27 on the clock. This remarkable play unfolded during a 17-play drive, marking the Cowboys’ longest of the season.

However, the Dolphins, displaying resilience, marched down the field, efficiently managing the clock and positioning Sanders for the game-winning field goal. Despite Prescott’s impressive performance—20-of-32 for 253 yards and two touchdowns—the Cowboys fell short. Tony Pollard contributed 38 yards on 12 carries, while Lamb showcased his skills with 118 yards on six catches.

On the Dolphins’ side, Tua Tagovailoa’s efficient quarterbacking (24-of-37 for 293 yards and a touchdown) played a crucial role. Raheem Mostert added 46 yards on 11 carries, and wide receiver Hill made significant contributions with 99 yards on nine catches.

This hard-fought victory not only solidified the Dolphins’ playoff berth but also showcased the team’s ability to withstand a late-game surge from the Cowboys. As the regular season unfolds, both teams will reflect on this intense clash as a pivotal moment in their respective campaigns.

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