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Fans Select Dolphins' Top Running Play Of 2016

Posted Feb 13, 2017

Ajayi’s 62-yard touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Hard Rock Stadium on Oct. 16 has been voted by fans as the Dolphins’ top run of the 2016 season.

It was the run that clinched a springboard victory, the longest run of Jay Ajayi’s career and the one that gave him his first 200-yard rushing performance.

And now Ajayi’s 62-yard touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Hard Rock Stadium on Oct. 16 has been voted by fans as the Dolphins’ top run of the 2016 season.

The run earned 51 percent of the votes on Facebook and 46 percent of the votes on Twitter after the four candidates were shown last week on Dolphins Daily to beat out three other worthy candidates. Ajayi’s 57-yard run in overtime at Buffalo came in second on both social sites, followed by Kenyan Drake’s 45-yard touchdown in that same game, and Ajayi’s 11-yard game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Cleveland Browns in the home opener finished fourth.

The 30-15 victory against Pittsburgh on Oct. 16 started a 9-2 run to end the season that put the Dolphins in the playoffs.

The Dolphins had all but sealed the victory when Jarvis Landry recovered an onside kick at the Miami 38 with 50 seconds left, but the Steelers still had two timeouts, so the Dolphins couldn’t kill the clock with kneel-downs.

On first down, Ajayi took a handoff from Ryan Tannehill and burst through a big hole on the right side created by blocks by tight ends MarQueis Gray and Dominique Jones. Ajayi easily avoided the diving tackle attempt by Pittsburgh defensive back Robert Golden near midfield and it was clear sailing to the end zone after that.

The touchdown helped Ajayi finish the game with 204 rushing yards, giving him his first of three 200-yard performances on the season.

“It felt great,” Ajayi said after the game. “It was funny because the running backs were just pushing me like, you’re not done, keep pushing, keep working. My boy Drake, he kept telling me, go get 200 if you can, go get it, you’re not done with it. At the end of the game, I was just thinking we’ll get the first down and that’ll be it, but it opened up and I wasn’t going to let anyone catch me.”