On Sunday down in Miami, the Butt Punt joined the party.
With the Buffalo Bills trailing the Miami Dolphins by a score of 21-17 late in the fourth quarter, the Bills faced a critical 4th and goal at the Miami two-yard line. Josh Allen’s pass in the direction of Isaiah McKenzie fell incomplete, and the Dolphins took over possession on their own two-yard line, with just under two minutes remaining.
Miami, however, could not simply run out the clock, as the Bills still had two timeouts remaining. After a pair of running plays burned both of those timeouts, the Dolphins faced a third down on their own one-yard line. Head coach Mike McDaniel called for a pass, which fell incomplete, stopping the clock with 1:40 left in the game.
He then sent on his punt team. Not just onto the field, but into football immortality:
The ball rockets off the foot of punter Thomas Morstead and right into the backside of the upback, reserve wide receiver Trent Sherfield. The football rolls out of the back of the end zone, giving the Bills two points, and another chance at pulling out the win.
Here’s what Sherfield tweeted after the game:
My cheeks have a big W tatted on them— Trent Sherfield (@Channel__10) September 25, 2022
Buffalo’s ensuing possession would fall short of the end zone, allowing the Dolphins to hold out for the win. But that did not stop the jokes from flying on social media.
The Butt Punt.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 25, 2022
The Butt Punt just happened in Miami.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) September 25, 2022
chiefs pick in field goal range to lose to colts davis mills horrible pick to 2-1 bears dolphins drop picks then fourth down stop then 3rd down pass then butt punt while raiders mack hollins moss touchdown but failed 2pt conversion lions miss field goal vikings field goal range— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) September 25, 2022
Butt fumble? I’ll raise you a butt punt.— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) September 25, 2022
BUTT PUNT— Doug Farrar ✍ (@NFL_DougFarrar) September 25, 2022
I don't want to oversell it but the butt punt is the greatest play in football history— joe manchin news follower (@zjwhitman) September 25, 2022
sir mix-a-lot would be so proud of the butt punt.— ; (@crystalscuor) September 25, 2022
More importantly, however, the win moves the Dolphins into sole possession of first place in the AFC East, dropping the Bills into second place.
As we all expected.