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Would you believe the Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins Show?

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It was one of the wildest finishes you’ll ever see in an NFL game. 

With two improbable former Eagles in the middle of it all.

With 4:05 left in the Raiders-Dolphins game Saturday night in Las Vegas, the Raiders were up 16-13 in a decidedly ho-hum affair.

Then the two teams combined to score five times in the 4:05, with Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins — two Eagles wide receiver castoffs —  taking turns making huge plays.

Nelly vs. Mack. 

Just like everyone expected.

After Hollins dropped an easy touchdown catch, the Dolphins tied the game at 16-all on a short field goal with 4:05 left. 

Then it got fun.

On the Raiders’ next snap, Derek Carr escaped trouble in the pocket, rolled to his right and heaved a bomb that Agholor caught just across midfield with Byron Jones in tight coverage. 

Nelly cut inside, then cut back outside to elude safety Bobby McCain, and coasted into the end zone, turning the play into a career-long 85-yard touchdown and a 22-16 Raiders lead (with a missed PAT).

It was the longest TD catch in the NFL this year and the longest of Nelly’s career, two yards longer than a TD catch from Nick Foles against the Texans in 2018.  

It was the ninth-longest TD catch in Raiders history and third-longest in the last 30 years, behind Amari Cooper’s 87-yarder from Carr in 2017 and Zach Miller’s 86-yarder from JaMarcus Russell in 2009.

Three plays later, Myles Gaskin took a short pass by Ryan Fitzpatrick — who had replaced Tua Tagovailoa — and turned it into a 59-yard TD for a 23-22 Dolphins lead, but another Carr pass to Agholor netted 49 yards on a DPI on Jones, which set up the Raiders’ go-ahead field goal.

 

It looked like the game was over and Agholor was the hero.

But the hero turned out to be a different one-time Eagles draft pick.

The Dolphins took over on their own 25-yard-line with 19 seconds to go, but when you have Mack Hollins on your side, there's always enough time.

Fitzpatrick somehow unloaded a deep pass toward Hollins on the left sideline while nearly having his head torn off by Raiders edge rusher Arden Key. Hollins camped under the ball and caught it, tumbling out of bounds with 12 seconds left after a 34-yard-gain.

Along with the 15-yard personal foul, the 49 yards gave the Dolphins possession at the Raiders’ 26, and Jason Sanders’ field goal as time expired gave the Dolphins the win.

The 34-yarder was the second-longest catch of Hollins’ four-year career and the longest since his 64-yarder from Carson Wentz against Washington in 2017. He came into the game with only 39 career receptions in 46 career games.

Hollins finished with 42 receiving yards, the fifth-most of his career.

Agholor finished with a career-high 155 yards, surpassing his 141 yards set against the Seahawks in 2017. 

He now has as many 100-yard games in one season with the Raiders (three) as he had in five seasons with the Eagles. 

The 155 yards gave Agholor a career-high 839 yards this year, surpassing his previous high of 768 in 2017. He ranks 12th in the AFC in receiving yards and his 17.9 average leads the AFC. He came into the season averaging 12.0 yards per catch. 

Miami’s win knocked Jon Gruden’s Raiders out of playoff contention and kept the Dolphins’ playoff hopes alive.

The final totals for the final 4:05: 22 points and — including the penalty — 168 yards for two wide receivers who are making the most out of their change of scenery.

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