#4 game of Ricky Williams’ Miami Dolphins career:
September 19th, 2009 @ Panthers – 22 carries, 119 yards, 3 total touchdowns
It was one of only two times that Ricky Williams scored three touchdowns in a game for the Miami Dolphins (we don’t talk about the other), and the first time he had ever had a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown in the same contest.
The Dolphins traveled to Carolina to play the Panthers on a Thursday night in 2009, and it was Miami who brought the Wild Cat. They used the scheme to their advantage, and Williams was a beneficiary.
Not only were the three touchdowns impressive, but the final one was a 46-yard, game-winning score.
#3 game of Ricky Williams’ Miami Dolphins career:
December 29th, 2002 @ Patriots – 31 carries, 185 yards, 2 touchdowns
The magical 2002 season saw Ricky Williams lead the league in rushing yards, but the team’s success came to a grinding halt in Week 17 against the Patriots. All Miami had to do was beat second-year starter Tom Brady in New England to take the division crown for just the second time since 1994.
Williams did his part. He had 185 yards rushing and two touchdowns as the Dolphins built a 21-7 lead just before half-time. But the Dolphins went away from the running game in the late going, and the Patriots forced overtime and eventually won on an Adam Vinatieri field goal.
Williams still calls it one of the toughest moments of his career.