Winding up 6-10 doesn't leave a whole lot to brag about.
Finishing in the cellar doesn't help either.
But we do have one accomplishment this season that did make a difference in the 2016 playoffs.
We beat the Patriots in week 17 and that put them on the road in Denver yesterday.
Trying to beat an outstanding Broncos defense with all that noise is very, very tough.
So when you see any Patriots fans or anyone else that demeans your loyalty to the Dolphins, you can at the very least state "We did put the Patriots on a plane for the AFC Championship and that made all the difference."
On a side note, I wonder if Bill Belicheat or any of the Patriots' players are second guessing Belicheat's decision not to kick FGs during those 3 trips into the red zone in the final 6 minutes of the game.
I know down by 8 you are trying to tie it up when you can against a very tough Broncos defense. Who knows when you'll get down there again.
And after the first two 4th down failures, the Broncos were just trying to eat clock and willing to punt the ball.
But up by 5 and 2 points, the Broncos would've followed the same strategy by safely attempting to eat clock.
Had the Patriots taken the 3 points in those first 2 trips, they may have won it 21-20 on their last trip.
Could this be the initial kink in the armor of the Patriots?
Doubt is very powerful.
Lets hope so.
A friend, who is a very knowledgeable Pats fan, blamed the loss on Gostkowski missing the extra point. When I mentioned the FGs, she quieted down.
After a pregnant pause, she said "Yeah, we should've kicked those FGs."
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
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Monday, January 25, 2016
Posted by Carl Leone