Miami Dolphins: Top 5 moments of the 1990s

Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino (Photo by A. Neste/Getty Images)
Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino (Photo by A. Neste/Getty Images) /
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1. The Fake Spike

Perhaps the most iconic play in the career of the most iconic Miami Dolphins player ever was the Fake Spike.

Repeated many times over since, Dan Marino’s game-winning touchdown against the New York Jets on November 27th, 1994 was the first of its kind. With his team trailing 17-0 in the third quarter, Marino orchestrated an impressive comeback. He threw four second-half touchdowns to wide receiver Mark Ingram, and the Dolphins came roaring back to win 28-24 on the road.

It was the last touchdown that Ingram scored that would be the most historic. Trailing by three points and with the clock ticking under 30 seconds, Miami had the ball at the Jets’ 8-yard line. Needing a field goal to tie, Marino brought his team to the line of scrimmage and informed his teammates that he was going to spike the ball and kill the clock. Instead, he took the snap and, with a majority of the Jets’ defensive players standing flat-footed, fired a rocket to the near right corner of the end zone where Ingram was waiting with open arms after fooling his man.

Marino was jubilant, the Dolphins had won the game and improved their record to 8-4, and a highlight for the ages was born.

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