Miami Dolphins advance to take on Buffalo! Playoff bound!
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins limped into the final weekend of football and Skylar Thompson wasn’t great but he was smart and that was the difference.
With the Dolphins needing help to make the playoffs, the team focused on their own game. Down Tua Tagovailoa and leaning on 3rd string quarterback Skylar Thompson, Miami’s defense made the plays and the offense made no mistakes.
With time running out, Miami needed Jason Sanders to be perfect and he was. Sanders nailed all three of his kicks including the game winner with :18 seconds left in the game from 50 yards.
The final score was what many predicted, a 9-3 victory as the defenses fed on back-up quarterbacks.
With the win, Miami snaps its 5-game losing streak.
While Miami won, Dolphins fans were cheering on the Bills who hosted the Patriots. At the half, the two teams were tied 14-14 before the Bills took over in the second half to win 35-23. The win eliminated the Patriots and gave Miami the 7th and final spot in the post season.
Miami will now travel to Buffalo to face off against the Bills for the third time this year and the first time in the playoffs since the 1990s.
The biggest question now will surround the health and availability of Tua Tagovailoa who has missed the last two games with a concussion. Without Tua, Miami’s chances to beat the Bills will not be high.
Miami could get Teddy Bridgewater back should the break on his pinky finger heal enough over the next week.
Regardless, the Dolphins capped an incredibly streaky season to get Mike McDaniel into the post season on his first try.
NOTE: The final play was ruled a safety against the Jets for a final score of 11-6.