Awful Dolphins play leads to first-of-its kind NFL safety

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You don't see this in the NFL every Sunday. 

In fact, you've never seen it before in the NFL. 

In the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Las Vegas Raiders, the Miami Dolphins faced first-and-10 from their own 1-yard line. An A.J. Cole punt had pinned them deep. 

Backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett — in for an injured Tua Tagovailoa — lined up in a shotgun snap. He took the snap and looked left to rookie receiver Jaylen Waddle, who remained in the backfield for a screen pass. Raiders cornerback Casey Hayward, Jr. sniffed it out. 

He met Waddle as soon as the ball arrived and drove him to the turf. The ball never left the end zone. Safety, Raiders.

To be clear, that's a safety on a completed pass without a fumble or an offensive penalty in the end zone. According to Pro Football Reference, that's the first time such a play has occurred in the NFL — at least one that registers in its database, which is thorough. 

It used to be that the Raiders were on the receiving end of this kind of misfortune. Maybe things really are turning around in the desert. 

The Raiders made the most of the big play, taking the Dolphins to overtime where they secured a 3-0 start with a 28-25 win.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 26: Casey Hayward Jr. #29 of the Las Vegas Raiders tackles Jaylen Waddle #17 of the Miami Dolphins in the end zone for a safety in the first quarter of the game at Allegiant Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)
This screen pass didn't fool anybody. (Chris Unger/Getty Images)
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