Gesicki Ends Big Season With Game-Winning TD Catch Against Patriots

By DAVID BIGGY | Dec 30, 2019
Courtesy of: Miami Dolphins

Stafford Township — The nine-second video posted to the Miami Dolphins’ Twitter feed focused in on Mike Gesicki as he calmly walked off the field at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday, Dec. 29.

“Game-winner,” said No. 88 as he strolled by. “See you all next year.”

And if next year is anything like the second half of the season Gesicki just wrapped up, it’s going to be a great one.

The former Southern Regional star athlete completed this season on a huge high note, catching the game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick that delivered a 27-24 victory over the New England Patriots. He snagged the 5-yard TD pass with 24 seconds on the clock, completing an effort during which he grabbed four receptions for 34 yards.

“I had to make sure there weren’t any call-backs first, but it was a great feeling and fun,” Gesicki said during the post-game press conference. “That was just (5) yards and there were a lot of plays that went on before that – a lot of guys who made plays to help us get down there. I was just happy to be able to finish it off and make the play.”

With the Patriots leading 24-20 and 3:53 to go, Miami started its game-winning drive on its own 25-yard line. Fitzpatrick completed nine of 12 passes during the stretch, including a 9-yarder to Gesicki with 2:56 left which set up a third-and-1 from the Miami 44. In the third quarter, Fitzpatrick hit Gesicki with a 15-yard pass to set up a first-and-goal from the New England 2, before Fitzpatrick ran the ball into the end zone to give the Dolphins a 17-10 lead. On Miami’s first possession of the game, Gesicki caught a 6-yard pass.

“That dude is the man,” Gesicki said of the veteran quarterback. “I love playing with him and I’m happy to have gotten the win today. I’m happy for him and happy to have made a play. He deserves the world, so it was fun. I will start the ‘one more year’ chant right now if you want. I love playing with him and I think that’s obvious. I appreciate all the opportunities he has given me this year.”

In the previous Sunday’s 38-35, overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Gesicki caught TD passes of 31 and 13 yards for the first multiple-touchdown game of his career. The second-year tight end had six receptions for 82 yards in that contest to close out the Dolphins’ home schedule at Hard Rock Stadium.

For the season, Gesicki finished with 51 receptions for 570 yards (11.2 yards per catch) and five touchdowns, good enough to be the second-highest among receivers in each category.

During the Dolphins’ first four games, Gesicki had 6 receptions for 51 yards. In the final 12 games, Gesicki snatched 45 passes for 519 yards and his five TD grabs came during the final six games – 30 of those receptions occurred during the last eight games.

His 570 receiving yards for the season ranks him 12th among tight ends in team history, while his 51 receptions ranks eighth and five touchdowns are tied for sixth. Last season, Gesicki caught 22 passes for 202 yards, giving him 73 receptions for 772 yards for his career thus far.

“There are a lot of positives to build on, but I think that moving forward we know what we are capable of,” he said. “There’s a lot of talent in this locker room, and I’m just looking forward to attacking this off-season and coming back next season even stronger.”

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