Dolphins rookie tight end Dion Sims had yet to record his first touchdown catch, but that didn’t matter. With less than a minute remaining in Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons and his team down by three, Sims’ number was called on what would be the game-winning play.
As Mike Sherman would reveal on Monday, the play call happened to be one of Ryan Tannehill’s favorites, and it worked to perfection. Sims hauled in Tannehill’s lob with 36 seconds left on the clock, thrusting the Dolphins into the lead and ultimately giving them their third straight win.
“It was definitely a play that we practiced all week,” Sims said in an interview with The Finsiders. “We ran it several times in practice. We executed it in practice just as we did in the game. But it all started coming to the huddle, I pretty much had an idea once Ryan called the play. I knew that it was going to come to me. The offensive line did a great job protecting. Ryan made a great fake and he just put the ball right on the money. He put it right out there, where only I could get it. And I used my body and I used my one-hand to just reel it in and make the big-time play.”
Perhaps most impressively, Sims managed to make the big-time play despite being limited to one hand.
“I just knew I had to pull it down and at the time,” Sims said, “the linebacker grabbed my right hand, so I didn’t have a choice but to put the other hand up. And I just knew I had to make the play and it was going to help us win the game.
“It was a great feeling, man. To just hear the crowd go wild and just to have that feeling. All the credit goes to my teammates and my coaches for believing in me to call up a play for me at the end of the game to come up with the win. I’m just blessed to be in this situation and I’m happy for us to get off to a great start. I think we have a great team and we just need to continue to keep building.”
Sims’ catch capped off a drive engineered by Tannehill that went the length of 75 yards in the game’s final minutes.
“It was a great drive,” Sims added. “We were inside two minutes and we just executed. Everybody did a great job.
“Everybody kept their composure and we just took our time. I think we had a two minute situation before the half and we converted points, we got a field goal out of it. So, at the end, we just stayed with it, relaxed and just executed the play. We went over that stuff in practice all week.”
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