Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake was sitting on the bench with a towel over his head after his goal-line fumble in overtime.
The visiting Bears were marching down the field and in position to win the game with a field goal. That’s when Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler, who started in place of an injured Ryan Tannehill, made his way to Drake and gave him a much-needed pep talk.
“I went up to Drake right before Chicago kicked the field goal, and I just said, ‘Listen, they’re gonna miss this field goal, and I need you to bring the swagger and confidence you’ve been playing with all day,’” Osweiler said, via ProFootballTalk. “He looked me in the eye and said, ‘OK.’ And sure enough, he’s the guy that made the big play to get us into field goal range.
“So, if that doesn’t talk about working through adversity and mental toughness, I don’t know what does. That’s an example of mental toughness at its finest.”
Chicago did miss its 53-yard attempt. The Dolphins then used a 47-yard field goal to clinch the 31-28 victory, and the game winner sent Drake to his knees.
Kenyan Drake fumbled on the goal line, forcing overtime.
After his team rallied back to win, he couldn’t hold back the emotions. pic.twitter.com/IY1oMy723V
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 14, 2018
Drake, a third-year running back, finished with 57 yards on 13 carries.