As I wrote Friday, this is and was a statement game. And what a statement we made!
To play toe to toe with the Atlanta Falcons, who lost the NFC Championship game last year in the last minute of the game, proves how far we've come.
To do it with so many reserve players making contributions proves our depth is so much better than last year.
As I wrote Friday, I don't care how we do it, just do it! There is no need for a moral victory. There is no need to analyze and compare stats. Those are for losers and fantasy players.
You either win or you lose in this league. You either move towards the playoffs or you don't. And this team, showing the grit and the perseverance usually displayed by championship teams, hung in there and pulled it out in the end.
This is the biggest victory in the short Philbin era and one that I am sure Coach Philbin will declare as one of the biggest wins in his entire coaching career.
This win not only keeps us in first place tied with New England, it sends a message to the entire NFL that the revamped Miami Dolphins are contenders.
With a defense that bent plenty but held its own in the red zone, our Dolphins stayed close enough for a late heroic drive led by Ryan Tannehill and an O line that was fairly embarrassed at times and yet toughened up when they needed to.
Throw all the stats out the window. We are 3-0! Leave your doubts behind. We are 3-0!
Move over and make room on the bandwagon.
The Miami Dolphins are for real!
Dolfan since 12/25/1971