The Miami Dolphins pulled off the upset Thursday night over the Baltimore Ravens in what can only be described as a unique viewing experience.
The score was 6-3 in favor of Miami heading into the fourth quarter, which is when the real excitement began.
Those who stayed up and watched the final quarter saw the new NFL play of the year, courtesy of Dolphins offensive lineman Robert Hunt.
Just watch for yourself.
One of the greatest plays that didn't count in the history of sport. Robert Hunt looked like he was the designed recipient of this screen. He even juked a defender! He got flagged for illegal touching. pic.twitter.com/Lwa983BC0c
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) November 12, 2021
Tua Tagovailoa is attempting to throw a screen pass when Hunt, an ineligible lineman, catches the pass and literally flies toward the end zone.
Anyone with basic knowledge of the rules knew this was a penalty, but the play remains a magical one.
The Bizarre Sequence
The irrational confidence from Hunt is off the charts on this play.
He knows he cannot touch the ball, yet he turns around like the pass is for him and makes the catch.
Then, even though the penalty is ready to be called, he leaps for the end zone, stretches the ball out, and lands on his head.
Robert Hunt is a hero
1) He decides the screen is meant for him
2) Catches the ball and directly heads to the end zone with purpose
3) He makes an amazing effort to "score"
4) While knowing the play is illegal, he celebrates like it should be a TD
5) All of the above pic.twitter.com/8oyt0DfBYp
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) November 12, 2021
The fair assumption here is that Hunt saw the ball coming his way and reacted in the way anyone would, which is heading to the end zone for glory.
This play only added to the odd feeling this game had all night.
The Dolphins blitzed the Ravens on nearly every play, or at least it felt like that, and Hunt’s run to the end zone was just one of many plays Miami fans will be talking about Friday morning.
Luckily, his team did manage to get a field goal to finish that drive, so his penalty did not hurt too much.
And now, a day later, Hunt’s play will do down in Dolphins history and is easily the play of the year in the NFL this season.