The memory evoked by these two games alone can make any Miami Dolphins fan throw up. Or at list taste their dinner in the back of their throats. The truth is, out of almost every game played and lost by the Dolphins, none were so thouroughly winnable.
The Super Bowl in Pasadena was supposed to be another notch in the belt of Don Shula. Young QB David Woodley was at the healm and the swarm of “Killer B’s” on defense was the rave around the league. Across from the “B’s” was the Washington Redskins “Hogs”. An offensive line that was bruising and mean. On the outside the Wr’s called themselves the “Fun Bunch”.
Rolling up a lead at half-time, the Dolphins were primed for another Lombardi Trophy. The second half however proved to be too much. While the 3rd quarter ticked away and saw only a FG adjust the score to a Miami lead of 17-10. Then, the 4th quarter began.
John Riggins, the games MVP took over and the Washington Redskins would score a total of 17 unanswered points after half-time to win 27-10.
A Monday night football game against the NY Jets seemed to be a regular season staple. The Dolphins and Jets had become linked to high-scoring gut wrenching affairs and the big primetime stage brought out the best in both teams. On October 23, 2000, the Jets didn’t even bother to show up.
The Dolphins took control of the game and the Jets were on the losing end of a 30 to zero score at the end of quarter 3. The Jets fans were leaving the stadium, in the parking lot, in their cars when the 4th quarter began to tick down from 15:00. Many Miami fans had turned off their sets and headed to bed.
Then, in one of the worst moments in Miami Dolphins history, the Jets began to play football. At first the two teams traded scores, then the Jets began to feel a momentum shift. Fans who only minutes before headed for the exit, were returning to their seats.
In the end, the Miami Dolphins found themselves staring at an overtime clock and a game winning field goal by opposition. Miami fans would awake to a shocking surprise, the “Monday Night Miracle“.