Dolphins win over Jets somehow wasn’t the first 11-6 game ever
By Asher Fair
Believe it or not, the Miami Dolphins’ victory over the New York Jets wasn’t the first game in NFL history to end with a score of 11-6.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Miami Dolphins punched their first ticket to the NFL playoffs since 2016 by beating the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon, clinching the No. 7 seed in the AFC.
The Jets finished the regular season without scoring a touchdown in any one of their last three games, and the Dolphins took advantage (to some extent), taking a late 9-6 lead thanks to Jason Sanders’ third made field goal of the afternoon.
The Jets’ subsequent failed lateral play, which transpired as the clock hit 0:00, resulted in the ball going through their own end zone, giving the Dolphins a two-point safety and an 11-6 victory.
Believe it or not, the Dolphins are not the first team in NFL history to win a game by a score of 11-6, meaning there was no “Scorigami” on Sunday.
Back in January 2000, the St. Louis Rams punched their ticket to Super Bowl XXXIV with an 11-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship.
The way this game ended up at 11-6 was different from the way this past Sunday’s game ended up at the unusual score. Sunday’s game featured five field goals and a safety. That NFC title game actually featured a touchdown.
With the game tied at 3-3 in the second quarter, the Rams got a safety on a bad snap to take a 5-3 lead. In the fourth quarter, the Buccaneers took a 6-5 lead on a field goal.
Later in the fourth quarter, Ricky Proehl caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Kurt Warner, putting the Rams on top by a score of 11-6. In an attempt to take a seven-point lead, they went for two and failed, but they hung on to win the game.
They went on to win the Super Bowl over the Tennessee Titans.
While 11-6 wasn’t one of them, there were indeed a few unique scores during the 2022 season. In total, there were three games throughout the 271-game, 18-week regular season which ended with scores that had never been seen before in NFL history, including one that was somewhat of a surprise.
As for the Dolphins, they are set to travel to Orchard Park to take on the No. 2 seed Buffalo Bills this coming Sunday afternoon as a part of the Wild Card round. Miami is seeking their first playoff victory since 2000.