'It was a melee': Dolphins kicker looks back on Leon Lett's Thanksgiving blunder


Pete Stoyanovich played the role of hero for the Miami Dolphins nearly three decades ago, when he drilled a game-winning field goal in the snow during a 1993 Thanksgiving game against the Dallas Cowboys. But Stoyanovich's kick wouldn't have occurred without one of the NFL's most infamous blunders.

With 15 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Stoyanovich attempted a 41-yard field goal that was blocked by Cowboys' Jimmie Jones. When the ball landed on the frozen turf, Leon Lett mistakenly ran toward it, and accidentally slipped and kicked it back into play. A Dolphins lineman then recovered the loose ball, which allowed Stoyanovich to attempt another game-winning kick.

"The conditions were not good, the field was slippery. And luckily, we got another shot at it," Stoyanovich told The DA Show on Tuesday. "After it was blocked, at that point in time, I really didn't know what was going on. All I knew was, the kick was blocked and the ball was trickling down near the goal line. And at that point, I was just assuming the game was going to end the way it was going to end, with a blocked field goal...

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