Dol­phins win long­est game— again

Manteca Bulletin - - The League -

MI­AMI GAR­DENS, Fla. (AP) — The Mi­ami Dol­phins earned a Christ­mas night play­off vic­tory 47 years ago in a game re­mem­bered ever since as the NFL’s long­est.

Sun­day’s sea­son-open­ing win took more than twice as long.

They started at 1:02 p.m., en­dured two weather de­lays and played un­til 8:10 to beat the Ten­nessee Ti­tans 27-20.

“There’s no man­ual for that,” Dol­phins de­fen­sive end Cameron Wake said.

Light­ning forced a de­lay of nearly two hours late in the first half, and another stop­page of more than two hours mid­way through the third quar­ter. Play­ers went to their locker rooms and spent the breaks eat­ing, rest­ing, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, re­view­ing game video, watch­ing other games or rid­ing a sta­tion­ary bike to stay loose.

“I ate a PBJ, and that was about it,” Ti­tans cor­ner­back Mal­colm But­ler said.

Dur­ing the first de­lay, the ex­pected restart time kept get­ting pushed back. Be­fore the sec­ond restart, there was lit­tle warn­ing.

“All of a sud­den it’s go time,” Wake said. “You’ve got to snap to it. You’ve got to get back to hair on fire, blood-boil­ing get­ting af­ter it.”

The teams were given 10 min­utes to warm up each time they re­turned to the field. Be­cause of the stop­pages, half­time was short­ened to 3½ min­utes, with the play­ers stay­ing on the field.

FOX had few TV cam­eras avail­able to cover the fin­ish be­cause some were locked into po­si­tion due to the light­ning threat.

While radar in the area was omi­nous, and thun­der oc­ca­sion­ally crack­led, there was ac­tu­ally lit­tle rain dur­ing the de­lays — and even some sun­shine.

“It stinks sit­ting in the locker room, look­ing at the sky and think­ing, ‘There are no thun­der­storms any­where. Why can’t we go?’” Ti­tans line­backer Wes­ley Wood­yard said.

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