MIAMI GARDENS — The positive energy created by an exciting Damien Williams touchdown in the second quarter was sapped a bit when kicker Cody Parkey missed an extra point.
The Dolphins led 6-3, instead of 7-3, and the Dolphins would eventually need to complete a 2-point conversion to make up for the miss.
“I missed, so not good,” Parkey said. “I hit the upright, which is the worst feeling in the world for a kicker. In the first one, I put our team in a bad spot. I’ve got to just keep chopping wood. There is no way around it. I’ve just got to keep getting better. That’s all I can say.”
Parkey has now missed three of his 12 extra-point attempts.
Parkey, a native of Jupiter, did convert on a 49-yard field goal in the second quarter and has made nine of 10 field goals this season, including three game-winners.
Immediately after missing the extra point, Dolphins coach Adam Gase and special teams coach Darren Rizzi gave Parkey the opportunity to redeem himself, and he did, converting a successful onside kick, which Parkey himself recovered after it traveled 10 yards.
“It was something that we work on,” Parkey said. “If we see something we can exploit and get the ball back then Rizzi and Gase, they’re not afraid to call it. So they trust me to make the play.”
Unfortunately for Miami, excellent field position was wasted on a fumble by Kenyan Drake.
With 1:36 left and the Dolphins trailing 27-24, Parkey tried another onside kick. But this one Oakland was ready for.
In fact, the Raiders knew Miami’s plan, calling timeout as it was clear punter Matt Haack was going to fake as if he would kick the ball, before relenting to a crossing Parkey. After the timeout, Miami tried the same play, but it failed.
“Matt’s a lefty and I’m a righty so you kind of don’t know,” Parkey said. “Kind of just go out there and look at the look that we’re given. There are multiple kicks that I can do. There are multiple kicks that Matt can do. So we just go out there and try to execute the best one.”
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