Cody Parkey made a 39-yard field goal with 22 seconds left to play to lift the Miami Dolphins to a 31-28 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.
“I kind of go through a progression of deep breaths,” Parkey said. “I remind myself, ‘You’re here for a reason. Go out there and knock it through.’ And I always like to give God the glory because without him I would not be here.”
Parkey has provided the winning points in three of the Dolphins’ four victories this season.
Last week, Parkey scored the final seven points of Miami’s 20-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, including a 38-yard field goal with 2:30 left in the game.
In the Dolphins’ season-opening game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 10, Parkey made four field goals, including a 54-yarder with 65 seconds remaining in Miami’s 19-17 victory.
“You know, it’s funny how games turn out,” Parkey said. “I’m there. I’m going through the motions. We’re scoring touchdowns, and I don’t have any field goals up until the last 30 seconds. So it’s pretty crazy. The last two games I haven’t kicked any field goals until the last quarter. That just shows how this team is able to overcome adversity and get me in range. They know if they get me in range, I’m going to my best to put it through the uprights.”
Parkey got his chance on Sunday when Miami cornerback Bobby McCain, who prepped at Oxford High School, intercepted a pass by Jets quarterback Josh McCown to give the Dolphins the football at the Jets’ 27-yard line with 39 seconds left in a 28-28 game.
Parkey has made all eight of his field-goal attempts this season. He joined Miami when the Dolphins claimed him off the NFL waiver wire after he’d been released by the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 2.
Parkey was among the 23 former Auburn players who got on the field during the seventh Sunday of the NFL’s 2017 season.
Former Auburn players who started on Sunday included:
- Inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (Woodlawn) of the Arizona Cardinals made two tackles in a 33-0 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Dansby was able to return to the game after a brief stay on the sideline because of a hand injury.
- Quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers completed 21-of-34 passes for 211 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions and ran for 50 yards on nine carries in a 17-3 loss to the Chicago Bears.
- Nose tackle Pat Sims and tight end C.J. Uzomah of the Cincinnati Bengals. Sims made a team-leading eight tackles and Uzomah caught a 7-yard pass in a 29-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sims’ tackle total was the second-best in his 10 NFL seasons.
- Right offensive tackle Shon Coleman and wide receiver Ricardo Louis of the Cleveland Browns. Louis caught three passes for 21 yards in a 12-9 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Other former Auburn players seeing action on Sunday included:
- Cardinals linebacker Josh Bynes and defensive back Rudy Ford (New Hope). Bynes broke up a pass and made a special-teams tackle against the Rams.
- Atlanta Falcons long snapper Josh Harris.
- Browns wide receiver Sammie Coates (Leroy) made a special-teams tackle against the Titans.
- Panthers running back Cameron Artis-Payne.
- Bengals outside linebacker Carl Lawson made a tackle and had a quarterback hit against the Steelers.
- Green Bay Packers safety Jermaine Whitehead made his 2017 debut in a 26-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Whitehead was added to the Packers’ active roster from their practice squad on Saturday. He made his NFL debut by playing in two games for Green Bay last season.
- Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Quan Bray caught two passes for 17 yards and returned three kickoffs for 75 yards in a 27-0 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Jaguars running back Corey Grant (Opelika) ran for 8 yards on six carries and caught a 28-yard pass against the Colts.
- Rams defensive back Blake Countess made two tackles on defense and one on special teams against the Cardinals.
- New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones and safety Brandon King (Thompson). Jones made a tackle and broke up a pass and King had a special-teams tackle in a 23-7 victory over the Falcons.
- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Neiko Thorpe made a special-teams tackle in a 24-7 victory over the New York Giants.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber made a special-teams tackle in a 30-27 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
- Titans linebacker Daren Bates.
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Packers defensive tackle Montravius Adams was designated as inactive on Sunday.
On Monday night, the Washington Redskins will visit the Philadelphia Eagles at 7:30 CDT. ESPN will televise the game.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.