The Miami Dolphins pulled off an upset 21-19 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday despite one of the most embarrassing episodes on the field since the New York Jets’ infamous “butt fumble” in 2012.
Dolphins punter Thomas Morstead bizarrely kicked the ball off a teammate’s butt during a punt attempt in the fourth quarter from the Miami end zone. The play, which resulted in a safety and nearly cost Miami the game, was immediately dubbed a “butt punt” on social media.
The title is a nod to Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez’s infamous fumble in a 2012 game against the hated New England Patriots, where he ran into the butt of offensive lineman Brandon Moore. Sanchez lost the ball, which was recovered by Patriots safety Steve Gregory, returning for a touchdown.
Sanchez couldn’t help but laugh at Sunday’s situation, perhaps because he wasn’t the butt of that joke.
“Woah… stay out of my lane bro @thomasmorstead,” Sanchez tweeted.
Miami Dolphins punter Thomas Morstead (4) watches the ball go backwards after attempting a punt in the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills
Dolphins punter Thomas Morstead (4) punts the ball from the back of Trent Sherfield
From left, Miami Dolphins long snapper Blake Ferguson (44) and Miami Dolphins punter Thomas Morstead (4) chat on the field before an NFL football game
Sanchez couldn’t help but laugh, perhaps because he wasn’t the butt of that joke
Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins improved to 3-0 in an AFC East thriller that ended with Allen and the Bills trying to hit the ball near midfield and time for their chance at a long-range, successful field goal expired .
Tagovailoa left the game briefly in the second quarter and returned after halftime, although he appeared disoriented from a head injury. Allen was also possibly injured and went to the x-ray room after the game. He had his throwing hand checked by coaches late.
Miami took the lead with about 10 minutes left and scored a touchdown to take a 21-17 lead. It was the Bills’ first deficit of the season.
Despite being fired and flagged on the next drive for unnecessary roughness, Allen drove Buffalo down the field with an eight-minute drive in 17 games. Miami’s defense held up, however, nearly catching a pass and forcing a turnover on downs from the 2-yard line.
Tagovailoa and the Dolphins went three-and-out, leaving little room for Morstead to attempt to stab from the end zone. His kick hit blocker Trent Sherfield in the back and went wide.
Buffalo Bills celebrate after scoring a safety on Morstead’s butt punt
Allen had about a minute to put Buffalo within range of the field goal and did, but the Bills were running out of time. Isaiah McKenzie tried for extra yards on an Allen close, costing precious seconds. The Dolphins players began to celebrate when the clock hit zero and Allen just stepped under center.
Bill’s offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey slammed his headset shut and began tossing paper and notebooks into the coaches’ box as time ran out.
Allen was 42 of 63 and passed for 400 yards after completing his first 11 passes for the first time in his career. He had touchdown passes for running back Devin Singletary and receiver Isaiah McKenzie.
The Bills were without several defensive starters, including starting safety Micah Hyde, who went on injured reserve Saturday with a neck injury, and cornerback Dane Jackson, who sustained a neck injury against the Titans last week. The Dolphins’ 21 points were the most Buffalo have conceded all season.
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 is sacked by the New England Patriots November 22, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
Tagovailoa hit his head on the turf after a late hit by linebacker Matt Milano. He tripped and fell to the ground trying to run it away and was immediately taken to the dressing room but returned to start the third quarter.
Tagovailoa completed 13 of 18 passes for 186 yards, one touchdown and no turnovers.
The Bills scored on their opening run for the eighth consecutive year. It was a two-yard touchdown throw from Allen to Singletary, set up by 28- and 19-yard catches and runs from Diggs and Singletary earlier in the drive.
In the fourth quarter, Miami’s Jaylen Waddle caught a 32-yard pass down the right touchline and then added a 45-yard reception on the third and 22nd to set up Chase Edmonds’ later 2-yard touchdown run.
Edmonds also had a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
The Dolphins’ other touchdowns were a 1-yard run by Edmonds in the first quarter and a 2-yard catch by undrafted rookie receiver River Cracraft.
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 and teammate Brandon Moore #65 look at the video board after Sanchez fumbled and the New England Patriots returned her for a touchdown during the second quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium November 22, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey
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