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Dec 9, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL: Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake runs the ball after a lateral play to score a touchdown to defeat the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Dec 9, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL: Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake runs the ball after a lateral play to score a touchdown to defeat the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

The “Miami Miracle” was so incredibly improbable and so outstandingly bad for the Patriots, at some point all you can do is laugh. Every Patriots fan who lived to see that play may never see anything like it again in their lifetimes. It wasn’t necessarily a sign of anything bigger or worse going on with the Patriots; just one of the most outrageous, stunning breakdowns on NFL history. A play like that is too insane not to be a little fluke-y.

If you ever choose to re-live that unfathomable blunder by the Patriots defense – the hook-and-lateral to Kenyan Drake that somehow traveled 69 yards to the end zone on the last play of the Pats’ 34-33 loss to the Dolphins – maybe you’d prefer to re-live it in 8-bit form.

So here you go: the Miami Miracle, the Tecmo Bowl edition:

“@Benstonium” on Twitter – apparently a Steelers fan who wanted to needle Patriots fans – depicts the entire play of the Miami Miracle as it unfolded if it were run in the classic Nintendo football game. Obviously, it culminates with Rob Gronkowski’s stumble and Drake’s footrace to the pylon.

Clearly, this clip won’t undo the play. Gronk doesn’t take the right angle in this video, either. But ultimately, the Miami Miracle was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of meltdown that undoubtedly drew some disbelieving laughter after it happened.

Hopefully the goofy Tecmo Bowl version will take some of the sting away.

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