The Miami Dolphins were a yard away.
It ended up not costing them the game, but a fumble late in overtime nearly led to a disastrous finish for the Dolphins, who eventually beat the Chicago Bears 31-28 on Jason Sanders' game-winning field goal.
After a back-and-forth second half, Miami’s opening drive in the extra period went eight plays and 84 yards to Chicago’s 1-yard line … until running back Kenyan Drake fumbled the ball before he crossed the plane when he was stripped by Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks. The ball was recovered by Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman.
A touchdown would have won the game, as Miami received the kickoff in overtime.
The play came after running back Frank Gore gained 47 yards on four carries in the series. Then, facing the third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Miami head coach Adam Gase removed Gore from the game and inserted Drake.
At the time of the fumble, Gore had earned 101 yards on 15 carries and Drake had gained 50 on 11 carries.
The Bears then ran seven plays that spanned 45 yards, getting down all the way to the Miami 35-yard line. Kicker Cody Parkey, who played for the Dolphins last season, then missed a 53-yard field goal that gave Miami more life – and a chance for Drake to redeem himself.
Drake touched the ball in each of Miami’s first three plays of the ensuing drive and gained 22 pivotal yards.
The Dolphins eventually moved the ball down the field enough to put Sanders in position to drill the 47-yard kick to win the game.
Brock Osweiler, filling in for injured starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, completed 28 of 44 passes for 380 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.
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