Jevon Holland Scores 99-Yard Touchdown As Miami Dolphins Defeat New York Jets

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As the second quarter came to an end, Jevon Holland’s interception of Tim Boyle’s Hail Mary pass on the 1-yard line made a touchdown seem improbable, a play so ridiculous it was hardly worth thinking about.

However, Holland brought it back to the other end of the field and threaded it through the disorganized defense for an incredible 99-yard interception touchdown, signifying the Miami Dolphins’ supremacy as they defeated the New York Jets 34–13 in the inaugural game of Amazon’s televised “Black Friday.”

“When he threw it in the air, I just thought it’s kind of like a long field goal, like drop. So, I’m a punt returner, and people don’t know that, but I am a punt returner,” Holland told Amazon Prime afterwards, according to the NFL.

“Shoutout to my defensive lineman, my individuals out there blocking for me. I couldn’t have done it without y’all … I just got into the zone, man. I could smell it, and then once I made that cut, I knew I was there, and then I had to make it happen.”

The Jets’ hopes of a comeback were dashed as it was the first pick-six on a Hail Mary since at least 2006, when ESPN Stats began tracking those plays. They had just cut the Dolphins’ lead to 10-6 after Brandin Echols’ interception touchdown. They had intercepted Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa twice.

The Jets didn’t score again until the very end of the fourth quarter, but Holland’s outstanding performance only served to further solidify the Dolphins’ dominance and set them up for a comfortable victory.

Tyreek Hill finished with nine receptions for 102 yards and a league-high tenth touchdown, which he celebrated by blowing a kiss and tossing the ball to his new bride. Tagovailoa finished with 243 passing yards and two interceptions.

The Jets’ offensive woes persisted even though quarterback Tim Boyle started in lieu of Zach Wilson, who was benched. Before the fourth quarter, when the game was all but over, they had only run 22 plays. Boyle ultimately finished with 179 passing yards, two interceptions, and one touchdown.

Without Aaron Rodgers due to injury, the Jets’ disappointing season continued as they dropped to 4-7, while the Dolphins continued to lead the AFC East.

Linebacker Jaelen Phillips suffered an Achilles injury, though, and had to be wheeled off the field in tears, which soured the Dolphins’ victory.

“Absolutely devastated, but I feel strength in knowing that this is all a part of God’s plan, and that I have an incredible team and support system around me,” he posted afterwards on X, previously known as Twitter. “I’ll be back stronger than ever. Fins up.”

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel reportedly stated following the game that the injury “doesn’t look great, but we’ll find out more tomorrow (Saturday)” according to ESPN.