Dolphins Get Beaten by Dan Marino Spike Play

Page 2 of 2

Back in 1994, Marino did the very same thing to the New York Jets.

Known as the Clock Play, the Dolphins were down 24-21 with 30 seconds remaining. Marino walked up to the line of scrimmage motioning to the ground, signaling that he was going to spike the ball to stop the clock. The ball was snapped, and Marino caught the relaxed Jets defense napping and threw a strike in the corner of the end zone to Mark Ingram.

The Dolphins won the game, and the play became a part of Marino's lore.

Now, exactly 20 years later, Rodgers did the same thing to the Dolphins. And while the play didn't lead directly to a score as it did with Marino, it set them up for the eventual game-winner.

In 20 years since Marino did it, many quarterbacks have attempted this play unsuccessfully. Defenses learned from the Jets' mistake.

So of course, it's the Dolphins that become the second team that falls victim to this ploy.

The one team that should know better.

Of course, there was much more to what led to the Dolphins 27-24 loss to the Packers. And so much of it can be analyzed and scrutinized and nit-picked.

But the loss came down several things that led to the loss. But we'll try to boil it down to the three most glaring things.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Chris Joseph
Contact: Chris Joseph