In order to be a true force in the playoffs, teams need to peak at the right time. The Miami Dolphins must have gotten that memo this week with their 24-20 win over the New England Patriots.
The win was huge because it put the Dolphins in the sixth and final playoff slot in the AFC. Everything is starting to click at the right time and beating the leader of the AFC East only adds to the success this team is trying to create and a buzz that has fans in south Florida thinking playoffs and wins .
Yes, I said playoffs.
According to Andy Cohen of the Finsiders.com, “No doubt, this was the signature victory this football team had been lacking, the biggest victory in Joe Philbin’s two seasons as head coach, a come-from-behind win that said so much about the make-up of these players and about the prospects for the rest of this season.”
The Dolphins still have to win out but, it got a little easier on Sunday. The Bills and Jets remain on the schedule, both teams this team can beat. Buffalo beat Miami earlier this season. The Jets were beaten 23-3 and are part of the three-game winning streak the Fins are enjoying right now.
Finsiders.com explains how Miami really does control its own destiny.
If Miami and Baltimore both win out and finish 10-6, the Ravens would actually end up as AFC North champs (they play at Cincinnati Week 17 and would therefore have swept the Bengals) and the potentially also 10-6 Bengals would then fall into a tiebreaker scenario with the Dolphins. Because of Miami’s Halloween night win over Cincinnati, the 10-6 Dolphins would take the AFC Wild Card over the 10-6 Bengals.
The Dolphins got their offense moving against New England. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 312 and three touchdowns. Mike Wallace had six catches for 105 yards and a score as well.