In the second part of our series, we take a look back at the first decade of the millennium, and the top 5 Miami Dolphins’ moments from the 2000s.
The 2000s were an underwhelming time to be a Miami Dolphins fan. After qualifying for the playoffs in ’00 and ’01, Miami would miss the postseason in seven of the next eight campaigns. There was a coaching carousel between Nick Saban, Cam Cameron, and others, and an infamous 1-15 season thrown in for good measure.
But despite the general ineptitude of the franchise throughout the decade, the Dolphins had their fair share of signature moments that still hold a special place in the hearts of the fan base. Here are the top five moments of the 2000s:
Moment #5: Monday Night upset in the orange jerseys
2004 was a rough year for the Dolphins. Ricky Williams retired on the eve of training camp, and the rest of the team spent the season trying to figure out how to win without him. They didn’t get their first victory until Week 7, and found themselves at 2-11 with a date against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Tom Brady and company came in with a 12-1 record and were the class of the league yet again. They were also 10.5 point favorites in Las Vegas.
The Dolphins pulled off one of the more unlikely victories in team history. Behind quarterback AJ Feely and a defense that forced Brady in to four interceptions, they still found themselves down by 11 points with under three minutes to play. Thanks to a Sammy Morris touchdown and ill-advised interception by Brady, Miami scored what would be the game winning touchdown with 1:25 left on the clock. The final score was Dolphins 29, Patriots 28.
The moment will always be visually memorable, due to the loud orange jerseys that Miami wore that evening. It was only the second time they had ever worn orange as their primary color, but it proved to be lucky on that night back in 2004.