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This is the first of three plays nominated as the most memorable play in team history. In the next two days, we’ll also feature: Legendary coach Don Shula's “Hook and Lateral” play call in the 1982 divisional playoffs against the San Diego Chargers; and Greg Camarillo's 64-yard overtime touchdown catch in 2007 that prevented Miami from becoming the NFL's first 0-16 team. Please vote for your choice as the Dolphins’ most memorable play.

Score: Dolphins 28, Jets 24
Date: Nov. 27, 1994 Site: The Meadowlands

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Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino threw 420 total touchdowns as a member of the Miami Dolphins. But no touchdown pass was more clever and more memorable than his fake-spike play against the rival New York Jets in 1994.

In an important division game, the Dolphins fell behind 17-0 in the third quarter and looked out of it. But Marino rallied Miami with 28 second-half points to pull off the 28-24 win.

Marino's most important throw came on the final drive. Trailing by three points, the Dolphins were deep into New York’s territory. After the Dolphins made it to the Jets' 8-yard line with the clock running, Marino yelled on the field "Clock, clock, clock!" while motioning to spike the ball with his right hand. Jets players froze at the line of scrimmage. But instead of spiking the ball, wide receiver Mark Ingram ran a quick out and beat a confused Jets cornerback Aaron Glenn for the game-winning touchdown. Glenn was picked on and allowed three touchdown passes by Marino in this game.

At the time, this November game had first place on the line in the AFC East. The Jets collapsed after this loss and went winless in five straight games to end their season. The Dolphins went on to win the AFC East, advance to the playoffs and lost in the divisional round. The wily veteran Don Shula outcoached a young Pete Carroll in this game.

Ingram and Marino were in the zone together. Ingram caught nine passes for 117 yards and all four of Marino’s touchdowns. But the pair were especially in tune on the fake-spike play. This remains the defining play in the career of Marino, who is the best player in Dolphins history.

NFLN survey/popular coach: Dolphins

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ESPN.com’s NFL Nation surveyed more than 300 players on a variety of topics. Our latest survey focused on head coaches in NFL.

Here was our poll question: Who is the head coach players would most like to play for?

According to our results, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was No. 1 with 22.5 percent of the vote. Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers came in second place with 13.8 percent, and John Fox was third with 7.8 percent.

All these coaches have similar traits in that they relate well to players. It’s clear that aspect is just as important as the X’s and O’s in the NFL. Every team has talent. But it’s the locker rooms that are able to stay together and fight extra hard for the team and their coach that usually succeed. Carroll and Fox are both coaching in the Super Bowl this week, while Tomlin has coached in two Super Bowls already in Pittsburgh.

Twenty-nine NFL coaches received votes. Even Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin got two anonymous votes. Philbin is entering a big Year 3 for his program, and part of his challenge will be getting his players to go the extra mile and ratchet up the intensity when needed.

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