Dolphins’ unsung hero on Damien Williams touchdown? Jarvis Landry

Jarvis Landry did some of everything against the Raiders. (Andres Leiva/The Post)

DAVIE–This is why they love Jarvis Landry.

The most impressive highlight for the Dolphins in their 27-24 loss to the Raiders on Sunday was Damien Williams’ 10-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter, when he wowed the national audience by spinning off two tacklers and diving across the goal line. But he might not have pulled it off without Landry’s block.

When coach Adam Gase talked about the play this afternoon, that was probably his favorite part.

“Just seeing Jarvis turn around and just know that he was going to get crushed–and he didn’t care,” Gase said

Have a look at the full video of the play:

The play got off to a rough start, as Landry and Julius Thomas did not appear to be lined up correctly. “It wasn’t as clean as everybody sees it because we were running all over the place, guys lined up on the wrong side,” Gase said. Cutler had to get Thomas (bottom of the screen) and Landry to switch. This is before the motion:

Here’s the look after Cutler’s correction. Now Landry is to the right of Ja’Wuan James:

Once it starts, the play develops quickly. Williams and Jay Cutler are rolling right, and it looks like Landry’s job is to run cornerback Dexter McDonald as deep as possible to take him out of the play:

Landry’s at the three-yard line when Williams catches it just past the 10. This is right after Landry shoved McDonald toward the end zone:

Landry turns his attention toward Raiders linebacker Cory James, who is in pursuit of Williams:

Here’s the point at which the play could’ve fallen apart. Landry appears to lose his footing, which was an issue throughout the night at Hard Rock Stadium:

Now on his knees, Landry remains committed to the block and is ready to be obliterated by James, who outweighs him by 27 pounds:

James demolishes him:

Here’s why that particular block mattered so much. As Williams shook off the hit from McDonald and safety Karl Joseph, James would’ve been the only other player in range to stop him. Many Raiders, as shown here, assumed the play was over after the initial contact:

But Landry took him out of the play. James has no shot at stopping Williams as he spins back:

In his final desperate attempt to aid Williams, Landry braces his arms underneath the dive to help propel him into the end zone if he needed it (he didn’t):

Here’s another video of the play, zeroing in on Landry’s contribution:

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