The Miracle in Miami

Even as I write this, I still can’t believe the Miami Dolphins completed the Miracle in Miami. With seven seconds left in the game against their AFC East rival the New England Patriots, the Dolphins executed a hook and ladder play lateraling the ball back between players and it worked. They scored as time expired beating their rivals and thus dubbing the ending of the game as the Miracle in Miami.

This game was to be the highlight of my season being an NFL photographer as I got to photograph my favorite team and my favorite player, Tom Brady. It still was the highlight actually. I was excited for this game since last year there was no Gronk and no Edelman. This game had all the players I wanted to shoot for years and years.

The game itself was everything a sports photographer would want. High paced action on both sides. Touchdowns, blocked punts, sacks and more. I don’t think I ran up and down the sidelines in any other game as I did for this game and I’ll be honest I could use the workout.

Towards the end of the game, the NFL sent me a text saying if the Patriots win, they wanted me to grab video of Brady and Gronkowski. The Patriots kicked a field goal with 14 seconds left and I was ready to run onto their field to get the video. And then the Miracle in Miami happened. I stood there stunned for a second asking myself did I really just see that happen. I did. I had to deviate from my plans for Brady and Gronk and I ran to the opposite end of the field to grab celebration video.

It was crazy to witness the bedlam afterwards. Players jumping in the air. The screams of utter joy perforating through the stadium walls for all to hear. It was definitely a moment to remember and this season has been full of them. I was witness to the longest game in NFL history and now I was a witness to the Miracle in Miami.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is all smiles before the game
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is all smiles before the game
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11)
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11)
New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) warms up
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) and New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) catch up
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) and New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) catch up
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (13)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (13)
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) hugs Miami Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola (80)
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) hugs Miami Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola (80)
Not often do you see New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick smile
Not often do you see New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick smile
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a pass in drills
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a pass in drills
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11)
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11)
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) and the rest of the New England Patriots line up to run out of the tunnel
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) and the rest of the New England Patriots line up to run out of the tunnel
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) runs through smoke
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) runs through smoke
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17)
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32)
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32)
New England Patriots offense
New England Patriots offense
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26)
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) catches a pass
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) catches a pass
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks at the defender
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks at the defender
New England Patriots fullback James Develin (46) lunges in for the touchdown
New England Patriots fullback James Develin (46) lunges in for the touchdown
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) hands off to Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore (21)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) hands off to Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore (21)
New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54)
New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) scrambles
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) scrambles
Miami Dolphins offense
Miami Dolphins offense
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87)
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87)
New England Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) finger tip grabs a touchdown
New England Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) finger tip grabs a touchdown
New England Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) scores
New England Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) scores
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32)
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32)
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) returns a kick off
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) returns a kick off
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) leaps for a pass
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) leaps for a pass
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) with a stiff arm
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) with a stiff arm
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) throws a pass
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) throws a pass
New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers (98) tries to shed blockers
Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore (21) tries to find a hole to run through
New England Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90)
Miracle in Miami
New England Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls an audible
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls an audible
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs after a catch
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs after a catch
New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) runs up the sideline
New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) runs up the sideline
just a little pass interference from Miami Dolphins free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (29)
just a little pass interference from Miami Dolphins free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (29)
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (10)
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (10)
New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore (21)
New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore (21)
Miami Dolphins defensive back Walt Aikens (35) tackles New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11)
Miami Dolphins defensive back Walt Aikens (35) tackles New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10)
New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) runs after a catch
New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) runs after a catch
New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung (23) and New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) tackle Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32)
New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung (23) and New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54) tackle Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands off to New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (34)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands off to New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (34)
New England Patriots running back James White (28)
New England Patriots running back James White (28)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) runs a quarterback draw
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) runs a quarterback draw
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) after halftime
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) after halftime
Miami Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain (28) tackles New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10)
Miami Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain (28) tackles New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after halftime
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after halftime
New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) kicks a field goal
New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) kicks a field goal
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) signals 1 to the bench before a timeout
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) signals 1 to the bench before a timeout
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) takes the hand off from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12)
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) takes the hand off from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12)
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) smiles on the way to the bench
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) smiles on the way to the bench
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches the Dolphins winning play on the jumbotron
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches the Dolphins winning play on the jumbotron

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