The play couldn't have come at a better time. After starting 3-0, the Dolphins' season was slipping away. They already had wasted a 17-3 second-half lead for the second consecutive week. In front of a half-empty stadium, in a game played deep into the night, the Dolphins got the ball trailing by three points with 1:18 left in regulation. Staring at a five-game losing streak, the Dolphins desperately needed their signature players to step up in a big moment.
Reducing Wake's impact to just the winning play is unfair. Wake had three sacks and two more tackles for loss. He also forced Andy Dalton to get rid of the ball quickly on a crucial third-down play in overtime, causing the Bengals to punt. The Dolphins struggled to get off the field all night; Wake's big plays saved an otherwise tired defense.
One win, led by one monster performance on Halloween, should calm everyone down.