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Dolphins’ field-goal attempt goes awry when holder drilled in the head with the snap

Frank Schwab
Shutdown Corner

When NFL players give us a true, honest-to-goodness blooper, it's pretty hilarious.

That's because these guys don't really screw up that often. NFL players are the elite of the elite. Even the "mistakes" like an interception generally caused by a pretty good defensive play.

But the Dolphins' field-goal attempt in the second quarter was something you'd see in Pop Warner.

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Punter Brandon Fields is the Dolphins' holder. And long-snapper John Denney must have thought he was ready, because he fired the ball back to Fields. The problem is, Fields had turned to check in with the kicker to make sure he was ready, and when he looked back to the snapper ... DOINK. Right off the facemask.

So the ball was fumbled, and the Dolphins obviously didn't get the kick off. The Patriots took over possession.

Be prepared to see that play a few times on blooper reels.

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