Ranking Brian Hartline's 5 Most Memorable Moments with the Miami Dolphins
Over the past few years, many players have come and gone for the Miami Dolphins, but Brian Hartline has consistently been their most reliable player. Even though his career is still young, Hartline has had several big moments while donning the teal and orange.
During his tenure, he's had to work with four different starting quarterbacks—Chad Pennington, Chad Henne, Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill. Even though his supporting cast has changed numerous times, Hartline has still been consistent.
Throughout those years, he's saved his variety of quarterbacks by making some game-changing plays that will surely be remembered by any diehard Dolphins fan. Whether it's making big plays against division rivals or making a touchdown reception on his tiptoes, he has always risen to the occasion.
Here are some of those great moments.
5. Hartline's 31-Yard Touchdown Reception to Help Beat the New York Jets
On December 1, 2013, the Miami Dolphins went on the road to face their division rival, the New York Jets. The Fins were coming off a loss to the Carolina Panthers and needed a win to turn around their 5-6 record.
With a little under 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter and Miami barely holding onto a 6-0 lead, Tannehill threw a slant pass to Hartline, and the speedy receiver dodged two tacklers on his way to a 31-yard touchdown.
The Dolphins went on to win the game 23-3 and earned their sixth victory of the season.
4. Henne to Hartline 54-Yard Flea Flicker Against Titans
On November 11, 2010, the Dolphins hosted the Tennessee Titans. The Fins were 4-4 and needed a win to stay in playoff contention.
Early in the second quarter, the Titans led 10-7, and the Dolphins tried the infamous flea flicker. Henne handed off the ball to running back Ricky Williams, who then tossed it back to Henne, and the young quarterback threw a bomb to a wide-open Hartline.
The play completely shifted the momentum of the game, and the Dolphins ended up winning 29-17 and earned their fifth victory of the season.
3. Hartline Makes Touchdown Grab on His Tiptoes vs. the Steelers
On December 8, 2013, the Dolphins battled in the snow against an AFC rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Both teams were in the thick of the playoff hunt and desperately needed this win. The Dolphins were 6-6 and were aiming to be over .500 for the first time since October.
More than halfway through the third quarter, the Fins were trailing 21-17, and time was running thin. Miami managed to get downfield but faced a crucial 3rd-and-2 situation.
Tannehill stepped back, rolled out of the pocket and threw to a tightly covered Hartline in the end zone. The dependable receiver reached up, made the reception and kept both feet down in bounds to give the Dolphins the lead.
The Fins went on to win the game 34-28 and earned their seventh victory of the season.
2. Hartline Makes Big Catch to Put Dolphins in Field-Goal Range
On October 31, 2013, the Dolphins hosted the Cincinnati Bengals and were hoping to snap a four-game losing streak.
With under a minute left in the fourth quarter, the Fins found themselves on their own side of the field and down by three.
With time running thin, Tannehill dropped back and threw a perfect pass to Hartline, who managed to stay in bounds and put the Dolphins in field-goal position.
The pass set up a game-tying field goal, and the Dolphins went on to win in overtime 22-20 due to a safety. The Fins successfully snapped their four-game losing streak and won their fourth game of the season.
1. Hartline 80-Yard Touchdown Reception
Halfway through the fourth quarter, the Fins found themselves on their own 20-yard line trailing by one.
Tannehill dropped back and threw a bomb to a wide-open Hartline, who proceeded to score and give the Dolphins a late lead.
Hartline even had a little celebration after the big play.
Even though Miami lost the game 24-21 in overtime, it was easily Hartline's best game of his young career. He had 12 receptions for 253 yards—and of course the 80-yard touchdown.
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