The Miami Dolphins’ stunning final-play win over the New England Patriots is driving people crazy for how well it was designed.
As it turns out, the play was not a completely original design as Ryan Tannehill admitted after the game.
Tannehill stated that the play, which involved a pass over the middle followed by several laterals that eventually went for a TD, was dubbed “Boise.”
He explained that the play was designed similarly to one that Boise State used in their win over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
Ryan Tannehill said the Dolphins call that final play “Boise.” It’s the same one Boise State used against Oklahoma in that legendary Fiesta Bowl, though Tannehill admitted they ran it “a little cleaner” than Miami did.
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) December 9, 2018
There were some distinct differences between Miami’s play and Boise State’s design.
Whereas Miami’s play resulted in three laterals and and 70 yards to goal, Boise State’s only needed one lateral after the pass, and required only 50 yards to goal.
Another key difference between the two was that Boise State’s play was needed to tie the game against Oklahoma while Miami was a win-or-lose situation.