The big play: Jay Ajayi rescues the Dolphins at Buffalo
Jay Ajayi had the real game-winner for the Dolphins on Saturday. (Getty Images)
DAVIE–Credit Dolphins kicker Andrew Franks for the official game-winner in Miami’s 34-31 win over the Bills, but Jay Ajayi basically won the game for the Dolphins with his 57-yard run.
With four minutes remaining in overtime, Ajayi took Miami from its own 15-yard line to the Bills’ 28. The Dolphins ran four more plays, three of which were Ajayi runs to reach the Buffalo seven-yard line and set up Franks for the 27-yarder to end it.
Here’s a look at what went right on Ajayi’s big run:
Adam Gase has no aversion to throwing on first down, and the Dolphins look like they’re lined up to do so here. He’s got Matt Moore in the shotgun, plus Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry and tight end Dion Sims to the right:
Moore shifts Sims from right to left, which comes in handy later:
As Ajayi takes the handoff on the draw, the play is working already. The left sideline is completely open:
Sims comes back inside and delivers a big block on Buffalo defensive end Leger Douzable:
The hole is open, and nobody up high for Buffalo is in position to make a move toward him:
The only Bills player with a shot at stopping this early is Kyle Williams, but Ajayi hits him with his trademark stiff-arm:
Ajayi outruns linebacker Zach Brown by the 20-yard line and has a free sprint from here:
As he approaches midfield, Ajayi only has to beat cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman:
DeVante Parker can’t extend the play with a block on Brown because he has to avoid a block in the back call. Brown later ends up getting a hand on Ajayi’s back, slowing him down:
Robey-Coleman is the first one to get a real handle on Ajayi, and Ajayi is already at the threshold for a 50-yard field goal:
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