The 2020-21 season has officially wrapped up for all NFL teams, and while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are celebrating their Super Bowl, a lot of teams across the board are celebrating their successes from the past season as well. The Miami Dolphins doubled their win total from 2019 to 2020 and had three pivotal games that were not only fun to watch, but growing points for the club during the season and as it moves forward in the offseason/2021.
Game One: Miami Dolphins VS Jacksonville Jaguars (9/24)
Final Score: 31-13 Miami
The first win of the season is always a huge one for any team. It gives fans a chance to see how well their team can play when everything clicks for them. In this one quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had a near-perfect game, completing 18-of-20 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Fitzpatrick also ran for another score to lead the team to the win.
Defensively the Dolphins played some of their best football and limited Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew II. They forced him to go 30-for-42 for only 275 yards and one interception. Miami kept him out of the end zone and only struggled truly struggled with run defense, allowing running back James Robinson to score twice. However, the Dolphins didn’t get gashed like they did during the first two weeks of the season and their defensive play was a turning point to what would become a top unit in the league.
Game Two: Miami Dolphins vs Arizona Cardinals (11/8)
Final Score: 34-31 Miami
In a battle of the young phenom quarterbacks in Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa, this was Tagovailoa’s best game of the season. Both QBs did not disappoint in this matchup as Murray went 21-for-26 and had four total touchdowns (one rushing) while Tagovailoa, in his first start, went 20-for-28 for 248 yards and two touchdowns.
Both teams were scoring the football well in a back-and-forth battle and converting fourth downs and miraculous plays to extend drives to where the game came down to the wire. Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders managed to put the Dolphins ahead with 3:30 left in the game and Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez missed a 49-yard field goal to give the ball back to Miami. The Dolphins failed to hold the ball for the remainder of the game, punting, but their defense made one final stop and held on for the win.
Game Three: Miami Dolphins vs Las Vegas Raiders (12/26)
Final Score: 26-25 Miami
A nail biter, jaw-dropping, unbelievable finish in this game.
Before the regular-season finale, the Dolphins were fighting for a playoff berth and a win on the road in Las Vegas in its new stadium seemed nearly impossible in the final seconds of this game. The Raiders went up two points with 19 seconds remaining thanks to a field goal from kicker Daniel Carlson, but Fitzpatrick brought his Fitzmagic out of the hat once again. Being yanked down to the ground by the facemask he launched a desperation pass to the sideline to wide-open receiver Mack Hollins to set up the most improbable field goal attempt for Miami. Sanders got the win for the Dolphins with one second remaining thanks to the 44-yard field goal.
Big Statements Paving Way to Fast Rebuild
There were many highlights from a big 2020 season for the rebuilding team. The Dolphins showed that they will have a promising future after finishing the season 10-6 overall and it’s likely coming faster than the NFL realized.
The team is in the midst of making offseason moves that can help them go further than just having a winning regular season. The moves they make before the 2021 regular season could very well put them in a position to make the playoffs and go on a run.