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2016 Miami Dolphins season
Head Coach Adam Gase
General Manager Chris Grier
Home Field Hard Rock Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Place 2nd AFC East
Playoff Finish Lost AFC Wild Card Playoff (at Steelers) 30–12
Pro Bowlers
Uniform
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The 2016 Miami Dolphins season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League, the 51st overall and the first under head coach Adam Gase. The season saw the Dolphins trying to improve upon their 6–10 record from 2015. After a lackluster 1–4 start, the Dolphins would claim six straight wins, and finish the season on a 9–2 run. With their Week 15 win over the New York Jets, the Dolphins clinched a winning record for the first time since 2008, and clinched a playoff berth the following week after the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Denver Broncos, ending their 8-year playoff drought. This made Gase the Dolphins' first rookie coach since Tony Sparano to end a year-long playoff drought and also lead them to a winning record of at least 10 wins. They were also the first AFC East team, other than the New England Patriots, to qualify for the postseason since the 2010 New York Jets. However, they were defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round, ending their season and not winning a playoff game for the 15th straight year.

OffseasonEdit

Organizational changesEdit

On January 2, 2016, two-year general manager Dennis Hickey was fired.[1] On January 4, the Dolphins promoted director of college scouting Chris Grier to replace Hickey as the new general manager. Grier has been with the Dolphins for the past sixteen seasons, nine as the director of scouting.[2]

The Dolphins front office, which is made up of owner Stephen Ross, executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum, CEO Tom Garfinkel, vice chairman Matt Higgins and Grier, developed a committee to find a permanent replacement for former head coach Joe Philbin, who was fired and replaced by tight ends coach Dan Campbell on October 5, 2015.[3][4]

The Dolphins conducted interviews with seven candidates. The candidates included former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, former Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan, former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone, Bills assistant head coach Anthony Lynn, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and interim head coach Campbell. The Dolphins requested interviews with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia,[5] as well as Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.[6]

Owner Ross expressed interest in New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton; however, on January 6, Payton announced he would remain in New Orleans for another season.[6]

On January 9, Gase was hired as the twelfth head coach in Dolphins history. He was the only candidate to receive a second interview.[7] On January 12, Gase hired Bengals' defensive back coach Vance Joseph as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Matt Burke, who worked with Joseph in Cincinnati, in the same position. Gase also hired Washington Redskins' offensive line assistant Shane Day as tight ends coach, San Francisco 49ers' offensive line coach Chris Foerster in the same position and former NFL wide receiver Shawn Jefferson as the wide receivers coach. Assistant general manager Eric Stokes was promoted to senior personnel executive.[8]

On August 16, 2016, the Dolphins announced the naming rights to their home stadium had been sold to Hard Rock International. The stadium, which was known as Sun Life Stadium in 2015 and was being called "New Miami Stadium" during the $500 million renovations completed during the summer of 2016, will be known as "Hard Rock Stadium."[9]

Roster changesEdit

The Dolphins entered free agency with 11 unrestricted free agents.[10]

Position Player Free agency
tag
Date signed 2016 team
QB Matt Moore UFA March 15, 2016 Miami Dolphins
RB Lamar Miller UFA March 9, 2016 Houston Texans
C Jacques McClendon UFA March 11, 2016 Miami Dolphins
G Shelley Smith UFA August 13, 2016 Chicago Bears
WR Rishard Matthews UFA March 9, 2016 Tennessee Titans
DE Derrick Shelby UFA March 9, 2016 Atlanta Falcons
DE Olivier Vernon UFA March 9, 2016 New York Giants
LB James-Michael Johnson UFA March 10, 2016 Miami Dolphins
LB Spencer Paysinger UFA March 29, 2016 Miami Dolphins
LB Kelvin Sheppard UFA April 10, 2016 New York Giants
FS Louis Delmas UFA
RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent
LEGEND
 –  Light green background indicates a player has been re-signed by the Dolphins.
 –  Light red background indicates a player has departed the Dolphins.

AcquisitionsEdit

The Dolphins first addition of 2016 was the signing of wide receiver/cornerback Tyler Davis on January 4, on a futures contract. Davis became the first German Football League player to be signed by an NFL team.[11]

March 7, 2016 – The Dolphins acquire LB Kiko Alonso and CB Byron Maxwell from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for swapping first round picks (8 and 13).[12]

March 8, 2016 – The Dolphins sign DE Mario Williams on a 2-year, $16 million contract.[13]

March 9, 2016 – The Dolphins sign S Isa Abdul-Quddus on a 3-year, $12.75 million contract.[14]

May 13, 2016 – The Dolphins sign DE Jason Jones on a 1-year, $1.5 million contract.[15]

DeparturesEdit

The Dolphins first departure of 2016 was the waiving of offensive tackle Jason Fox, who had one year remaining on his contract, on January 12.[16]

The Dolphins also released cornerback Brent Grimes and wide receiver Greg Jennings on March 5, 2016 after an uneventful 2015 season.[17][18]

On March 9, the Dolphins lost Olivier Vernon, Lamar Miller, Derrick Shelby, Kelvin Sheppard, and Rishard Matthews to other teams during free agency.

DraftEdit

2016 Miami Dolphins Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 13 Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
2 38 Xavien Howard CB Baylor
3 73 Kenyan Drake RB Alabama
3 86 Leonte Carroo WR Rutgers
6 186 Jakeem Grant WR Texas Tech
6 204 Jordan Lucas CB/S Penn State
7 223 Brandon Doughty QB Western Kentucky
7 231 Thomas Duarte TE UCLA

Notes

  • The team traded its first-round selection to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a first-round selection, cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso.[12]
  • The Baltimore Ravens traded its second-round selection to Miami in exchange for Miami's second and fourth-round selections.[19]
  • Miami traded its fifth-round selection to the New England Patriots in exchange for New England's 2 sixth-round selections and a seventh-round selection.[20]
  • The Dolphins acquired an additional seventh-round selection in a trade that sent cornerback Will Davis to the Baltimore Ravens.[21]

StaffEdit

2016 Miami Dolphins staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Head Strength and Conditioning – Dave Puloka
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Jim Arthur
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Ted Rath

Final rosterEdit

2016 Miami Dolphins roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
52 Active, 7 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

This was the first preseason since 1999 that the Dolphins did not play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 12 at New York Giants W 27–10 1–0 MetLife Stadium Recap
2 August 19 at Dallas Cowboys L 14–41 1–1 AT&T Stadium Recap
3 August 25 Atlanta Falcons W 17–6 2–1 Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida) Recap
4 September 1 Tennessee Titans L 10–21 2–2 Hard Rock Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 11 at Seattle Seahawks L 10–12 0–1 CenturyLink Field Recap
2 September 18 at New England Patriots L 24–31 0–2 Gillette Stadium Recap
3 September 25 Cleveland Browns W 30–24 (OT) 1–2 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
4 September 29 at Cincinnati Bengals L 7–22 1–3 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
5 October 9 Tennessee Titans L 17–30 1–4 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
6 October 16 Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–15 2–4 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
7 October 23 Buffalo Bills W 28–25 3–4 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
8 Bye
9 November 6 New York Jets W 27–23 4–4 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
10 November 13 at San Diego Chargers W 31–24 5–4 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
11 November 20 at Los Angeles Rams W 14–10 6–4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
12 November 27 San Francisco 49ers W 31–24 7–4 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
13 December 4 at Baltimore Ravens L 6–38 7–5 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
14 December 11 Arizona Cardinals W 26–23 8–5 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
15 December 17 at New York Jets W 34–13 9–5 MetLife Stadium Recap
16 December 24 at Buffalo Bills W 34–31 (OT) 10–5 New Era Field Recap
17 January 1 New England Patriots L 14–35 10–6 Hard Rock Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

PostseasonEdit

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 8, 2017 at Pittsburgh Steelers (3) L 12–30 0–1 Heinz Field Recap

Game summariesEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Week 1: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week One: Miami Dolphins at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 3 0 7

10

Seahawks 3 3 0 6

12

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

First quarter

  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 39-yard field goal, 5:11. Seahawks 3–0. Drive: 12 plays, 46 yards, 6:08.

Second quarter

  • MIA – Andrew Franks 41-yard field goal, 8:45. Tied 3–3. Drive: 6 plays, 19 yards, 2:06.
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 38-yard field goal, 0:00. Seahawks 6–3. Drive: 10 plays, 72 yards, 1:52.

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays

Fourth quarter

  • MIA – Ryan Tannehill 2-yard run (Andrew Franks kick), 4:08. Dolphins 10–6. Drive: 7 plays, 86 yards, 3:01.
  • SEA – Doug Baldwin 2-yard pass from Russell Wilson (kick blocked), 0:31. Seahawks 12–10. Drive: 14 plays, 75 yards, 3:37.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

The Dolphins opened their 2016 season at Seattle. This game would mark their first visit to Seattle since 2004. In the first quarter, the Dolphins would trail early as Steven Hauschka nailed a 39-yard field goal, giving Seattle a 3–0 lead. Miami would tie the game 3–3 on an Andrew Franks 41-yard field goal. But, the Seahawks would retake the lead on another Hauschka field goal, this time from 38 yards. After a scoreless 3rd quarter, Miami would finally take their first lead on a Ryan Tannehill 2 yard touchdown run, giving Miami a 10–6 lead with 4:08 left. However, Seattle would march down the field and take the lead for good, as Russell Wilson found Doug Baldwin from 2 yards out. With the loss, Miami started their season 0–1.

Week 2: at New England PatriotsEdit

Week Two: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 3 7 14

24

Patriots 14 10 7 0

31

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • NE – Danny Amendola 10-yard pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 13:10. Patriots 21–0. Drive: 12 plays, 76 yards, 6:21.
  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 34-yard field goal, 2:48. Patriots 24–0. Drive 9 plays, 36 yards, 3:01.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 27-yard field goal, 0:00. Patriots 24–3. Drive 9 plays, 77 yards, 0:58.

Third quarter

  • NE – LeGarrette Blount 9-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 8:44. Patriots 31–3. Drive: 5 plays, 68 yards, 2:51
  • MIA – Kenny Stills 24-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 5:45. Patriots 31–10. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:59.

Fourth quarter

  • MIA – Jordan Cameron 12-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 14:51. Patriots 31–17. Drive: 5 plays, 88 yards, 4:43.
  • MIA – Kenyan Drake 7-yard run (Andrew Franks kick), 6:06. Patriots 31–24. Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 4:43

Top passers

  • MIA – Ryan Tannehill – 32/45, 387 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • NE – Jimmy Garoppolo – 18/26, 232 yards, 3 TD

Top rushers

  • MIA – Ryan Tannehill – 6 rushes, 35 yards
  • NE – LeGarrette Blount – 29 rushes, 123 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • MIA – Jarvis Landry – 10 receptions, 135 yards
  • NE – Martellus Bennett – 5 receptions, 114 yards, TD

After trailing 31–3 for most of the game, Miami made the game close, but the comeback was short, as the Patriots held on for the win. With the loss, Miami fell to 0–2 for the first time since 2011.

Week 3: vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Three: Cleveland Browns at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 13 0 11

24

Dolphins 7 3 7 7

30

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • CLE – Cody Parkey 46-yard field goal, 13:32. Dolphins 7–3. Drive: 10 plays, 58 yards, 5:03.
  • CLE – Briean Boddy-Calhoun 27-yard interception return (Cody Parkey kick), 6:47. Browns 10–7.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 37-yard field goal, 1:57. Tied 10–10. Drive: 10 plays, 56 yards, 4:50.
  • CLE – Cody Parkey 48-yard field goal, 0:42. Browns 13–10. Drive: 8 plays, 45 yards, 1:15.

Third quarter

  • MIA – Jarvis Landry 42-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 5:17. Dolphins 17–13. Drive: 4 plays, 68 yards, 2:10.

Fourth quarter

  • MIA – Damien Williams 10-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 14:17. Dolphins 24–13. Drive: 6 plays, 64 yards, 3:16.
  • CLE – Terrelle Pryor 3-yard run (Cody KesslerGary Barnidge pass), 10:12. Dolphins 24–21. Drive: 9 plays, 83 yards, 4:05.
  • CLE – Cody Parkey 38-yard field goal, 3:14. Tied 24–24. Drive: 8 plays, 74 yards, 3:03.

Overtime

  • MIA – Jay Ajayi 11-yard run, 8:26. Dolphins 30–24. Drive: 3 plays, 44 yards, 1:13.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Cleveland kicker Cody Parkey missed three field goals in the game, including a potential game winner with no time left on the clock. After both teams failed on their opening drive of the overtime period, Jay Ajayi capped a three-play, 44-yard drive with an 11-yard run into the end zone to give Miami the win. With that, the Dolphins improved to 1–2.

Week 4: at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week Four: Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 7 0 0 0

7

Bengals 10 6 3 3

22

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • CIN – Mike Nugent 22-yard field goal, 4:12. Bengals 13–7. Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 8:25.
  • CIN – Mike Nugent 43-yard field goal, 1:06. Bengals 16–7. Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards, 1:01.

Third quarter

  • CIN – Mike Nugent 22-yard field goal, 6:09. Bengals 19–7. Drive: 9 plays, 85 yards, 4:16.

Fourth quarter

  • CIN – Mike Nugent 47-yard field goal, 13:30. Bengals 22–7. Drive: 10 plays, 45 yards, 5:25.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

The Dolphins wore orange Color Rush uniforms for this game. The Bengals dominated this game from start to finish, forcing two Miami turnovers. With the loss, the Dolphins fell to 1–3.

Week 5: vs. Tennessee TitansEdit

Week Five: Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 7 14 3 6

30

Dolphins 0 14 3 0

17

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIA – Jakeem Grant 74-yard punt return (Andrew Franks kick), 12:23. Tied 7–7.
  • TEN – Andre Johnson 5-yard pass from Marcus Mariota (Ryan Succop kick), 5:30. Titans 14–7. Drive: 12 plays, 76 yards, 6:53.
  • MIA – Jay Ajayi 4-yard run (Andrew Franks kick), 2:00. Tied 14–14. Drive: 6 plays, 79 yards, 3:30.
  • TEN – Delanie Walker 20-yard pass from Marcus Mariota (Ryan Succop kick), 0:47. Titans 21–14. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 1:13.

Third quarter

  • TEN – Ryan Succop 40-yard field goal, 10:33. Titans 24–14. Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards, 1:25.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 24-yard field goal, 5:10. Titans 24–17. Drive: 8 plays, 69 yards, 5:23.

Fourth quarter

  • TEN – Rishard Matthews 4-yard pass from Marcus Mariota (kick blocked), 8:23. Titans 30–17. Drive: 9 plays, 66 yards, 4:54.

Top passers

  • TEN – Marcus Mariota – 20/29, 163 yards, 3 TD
  • MIA – Ryan Tannehill – 12/18, 191 yards, 2 INT

Top rushers

  • TEN – DeMarco Murray – 27 rushes, 121 yards
  • MIA – Jay Ajayi – 13 rushes, 42 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • TEN – Delanie Walker – 5 receptions, 66 yards, TD
  • MIA – DeVante Parker – 2 receptions, 70 yards

In the first of three games at home before their bye, the Dolphins gave up an early lead to the Tennessee Titans that they failed to overturn, as they fell to 1–4. Tannehill was sacked six times in the game.

Week 6: vs. Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Week Six: Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 8 0 0 7

15

Dolphins 3 13 7 7

30

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 81 °F (27 °C), partly sunny
  • Game attendance: 65,351
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIA – Andrew Franks 23-yard field goal, 8:18. Steelers 8–6. Drive: 12 plays, 85 yards, 7:08.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 30-yard field goal, 5:23. Dolphins 9–8. Drive: 4 plays, 1 yard, 2:43.
  • MIA – Damien Williams 1-yard run (Andrew Franks kick), 0:21. Dolphins 16–8. Drive: 9 plays, 71 yards, 2:26.

Third quarter

  • MIA – Jay Ajayi 1-yard run (Andrew Franks kick), 1:39. Dolphins 23–8. Drive: 6 plays, 52 yards, 3:31.

Fourth quarter

  • PIT – Cobi Hamilton 23-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Chris Boswell kick), 1:02. Dolphins 23–15. Drive: 10 plays, 97 yards, 3:18.
  • MIA – Jay Ajayi 62-yard run (Andrew Franks kick), 0:50. Dolphins 30–15. Drive: 1 play, 62 yards, 0:12.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Ben Roethlisberger was injured and taken out of the game briefly after throwing two interceptions and tearing his meniscus. The Steelers led 8–3 with less than 10 minutes played in the first quarter, but the Dolphins outscored the Steelers 27–7 for the remainder of the game. With the win, the Dolphins improved to 2–4, and started a six-game winning streak.

Week 7: vs. Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Seven: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 3 7 7 8

25

Dolphins 3 3 8 14

28

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

First quarter

  • MIA – Andrew Franks 36-yard field goal, 7:28. Dolphins 3–0. Drive: 15 plays, 64 yards, 7:32.
  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 29-yard field goal, 0:49. Tied 3–3. Drive: 6 plays, 20 yards, 1:59.

Second quarter

  • BUF – Tyrod Taylor 10-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 11:47. Bills 10–3. Drive: 7 plays, 40 yards, 2:50.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 33-yard field goal, 3:47. Bills 10–6. Drive: 12 plays, 58 yards, 8:00.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • MIA – Damien Williams 12-yard run (Andrew Franks kick), 3:56. Dolphins 21–17. Drive: 6 plays, 64 yards, 3:49.
  • MIA – Kenny Stills 66-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 2:24. Dolphins 28–17. Drive: 3 plays, 70 yards, 1:03.
  • BUF – Reggie Bush 1-yard run (Tyrod Taylor–Reggie Bush pass), 0:14. Dolphins 28–25. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 2:10.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

The Dolphins trailed 17–6 going into the final minute of the third quarter, but three consecutive touchdowns by the Dolphins gave them a 28–25 win and they improved to 3–4. Running back Jay Ajayi became the first Dolphins running back to rush for over 200 yards in consecutive games since Ricky Williams accomplished the feat in 2002.

Week 9: vs. New York JetsEdit

Week Nine: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 10 3 0 10

23

Dolphins 7 7 6 7

27

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 80 °F (27 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 65,722
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

First quarter

  • NYJ – Nick Folk 23-yard field goal, 8:26. Jets 3–0. Drive: 13 plays, 70 yards, 6:34.
  • MIA – Jay Ajayi 20-yard run (Andrew Franks kick), 4:56. Dolphins 7–3. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:30.
  • NYJ – Matt Forte 31-yard run (Nick Folk kick), 0:35. Jets 10–7. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 4:21.

Second quarter

  • MIA – Dominique Jones 1-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 10:16. Dolphins 14–10. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:19.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 21-yard field goal, 5:20. Dolphins 14–13. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:56.

Third quarter

  • MIA – Andrew Franks 33-yard field goal, 5:08. Dolphins 17–13. Drive: 10 plays, 56 yards, 4:53.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 29-yard field goal, 3:22. Dolphins 20–13. Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 1:38.

Fourth quarter

  • NYJ – Nick Folk 28-yard field goal, 12:50. Dolphins 20–16. Drive: 9 plays, 67 yards, 5:32.
  • NYJ – Jalin Marshall 18-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Nick Folk kick), 5:42. Jets 23–20. Drive: 2 plays, 18 yards, 0:10.
  • MIA – Kenyan Drake 96-yard kickoff return (Andrew Franks kick), 5:15. Dolphins 27–23. Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:27.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

The Dolphins had the lead going into the fourth quarter, only for Jalin Marshall to put the Jets ahead with less than six minutes to go; however, Kenyan Drake returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to give the Dolphins the win, and they improved to 4–4. They also defeated the Jets at home for the first time since 2011.

Week 10: at San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Ten: Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 7 14 10

31

Chargers 0 10 7 7

24

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 85 °F (29 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 55,107
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • MIA – Damien Williams 2-yard run (Andrew Franks kick), 12:29. Dolphins 14–10. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:31.
  • SD – Hunter Henry 7-yard pass from Philip Rivers (Josh Lambo kick), 5:36. Chargers 17–14. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 6:53.
  • MIA – Damien Williams 18-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 1:43. Dolphins 21–17. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:53.

Fourth quarter

  • SD – Tyrell Williams 51-yard pass from Philip Rivers (Josh Lambo kick), 4:04. Chargers 24–21. Drive: 4 plays, 58 yards, 1:02.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 27-yard field goal, 2:57. Tied 24–24. Drive: 5 plays, 66 yards, 1:07.
  • MIA – Kiko Alonso 60-yard interception return (Andrew Franks kick), 1:01. Dolphins 31–24.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

The Dolphins would intercept Philip Rivers four times in the second half. Towards the end of the game, Kiko Alonso returned an interception 60 yards for the game-winning touchdown. With the win, the Dolphins went to 5–4.

Week 11: at Los Angeles RamsEdit

Week Eleven: Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 0 14

14

Rams 7 0 3 0

10

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • No scoring plays

Third quarter

  • LA – Greg Zuerlein 46-yard field goal, 1:39. Rams 10–0. Drive: 10 plays, 49 yards, 6:05.

Fourth quarter

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Miami trailed 10–0 with just over four minutes remaining, but touchdown passes from quarterback Ryan Tannehill to Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker put the Dolphins up by four points with 36 seconds left on the clock. The Rams' rookie quarterback Jared Goff attempted a hail mary pass to try and give the Rams the win, but the pass was incomplete, resulting in a 14–10 win for the Dolphins. With the win, the Dolphins improved to 6–4. They also improved to 11–2 all-time against the Rams. It was also the Dolphins' first time meeting with the Los Angeles-based Rams since 1992.

Week 12: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Twelve: San Francisco 49ers at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 0 7 10

24

Dolphins 0 14 10 7

31

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIA – Jay Ajayi 2-yard run (Andrew Franks kick), 12:22. Tied 7–7. Drive: 11 plays, 91 yards, 5:28.
  • MIA – Dion Sims 16-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 2:17. Dolphins 14–7. Drive: 11 plays, 84 yards, 6:50.

Third quarter

  • MIA – Andrew Franks 24-yard field goal, 12:31. Dolphins 17–7. Drive: 5 plays, 20 yards, 2:18.
  • SF – Garrett Celek 4-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick (Phil Dawson kick), 7:34. Dolphins 17–14. Drive: 9 plays, 91 yards, 4:57.
  • MIA – Kenny Stills 43-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 1:33. Dolphins 24–14. Drive: 5 plays, 60 yards, 1:50.

Fourth quarter

  • MIA – Leonte Carroo 15-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 11:31. Dolphins 31–14. Drive: 6 plays, 67 yards, 3:23.
  • SF – Torrey Smith 1-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick (Phil Dawson kick), 7:42. Dolphins 31–21. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:49.
  • SF – Phil Dawson 36-yard field goal, 2:15. Dolphins 31–24. Drive: 14 plays, 62 yards, 3:36.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • SF – Colin Kaepernick – 10 rushes, 113 yards
  • MIA – Jay Ajayi – 18 rushes, 45 yards, TD

Top receivers

Holding a seven-point lead inside the two-minute warning, the Dolphins stopped 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick just short of the end zone as time expired to claim a 31–24 win. With the win, the Dolphins improved to 7–4.

Week 13: at Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Thirteen: Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 0 6

6

Ravens 14 10 0 14

38

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information

First quarter

  • BAL – Terrance West 3-yard pass from Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker kick), 10:57. Ravens 7–0. Drive: 8 plays, 79 yards, 4:03.
  • BAL – Dennis Pitta 13-yard pass from Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker kick), 3:17. Ravens 14–0. Drive: 8 plays, 63 yards, 3:37.

Second quarter

  • BAL – Dennis Pitta 9-yard pass from Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker kick), 2:10. Ravens 21–0. Drive: 18 plays, 88 yards, 8:57.
  • BAL – Justin Tucker 55-yard field goal, 0:00. Ravens 24–0. Drive: 7 plays, 48 yards, 0:59.

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays

Fourth quarter

  • MIA – DeVante Parker 8-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (pass failed), 14:42. Ravens 24–6. Drive: 1 play, 8 yards, 0:05.
  • BAL – Breshad Perriman 53-yard pass from Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker kick), 12:49. Ravens 31–6. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:53.
  • BAL – Terrance West 9-yard run (Justin Tucker kick), 5:55. Ravens 38–6. Drive: 4 plays, 41 yards, 1:26.

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This loss snapped the Dolphins' six-game winning streak and they fell to 7–5.

Week 14: vs. Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Fourteen: Arizona Cardinals at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 6 3 0 14

23

Dolphins 7 7 7 5

26

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 77 °F (25 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 65,750
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIA – Dion Sims 7-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 11:41. Dolphins 14–6. Drive: 5 plays, 43 yards, 2:55.
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 56-yard field goal, 1:18. Dolphins 14–9. Drive: 4 plays, 0 yards, 0:21.

Third quarter

  • MIA – Damien Williams 3-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 11:17. Dolphins 21–9. Drive: 6 plays, 77 yards, 3:43.

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – Brittan Golden 9-yard pass from Carson Palmer, 7:05. Dolphins 21–15. Drive: 12 plays, 99 yards, 6:43.
  • MIA – Walt Aikens defensive two-point conversion, 7:05. Dolphins 23–15.
  • ARI – J. J. Nelson 8-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Carson Palmer–David Johnson pass), 3:01. Tied 23–23. Drive: 7 plays, 50 yards, 2:13.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 21-yard field goal, 0:00. Dolphins 26–23. Drive: 6 plays, 44 yards, 1:29.

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On a wet day in Miami, Andrew Franks kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Dolphins a 26–23 win over the Arizona Cardinals. With the win, the Dolphins went to 8–5. They also snapped their three-game losing streak against the Cardinals. Ryan Tannehill suffered a season-ending knee injury when he was hit low by Calais Campbell although the injury was diagnosed as a sprain and not a torn ACL as was originally feared.

Week 15: at New York JetsEdit

Week Fifteen: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 13 21 0

34

Jets 7 3 0 3

13

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIA – Dion Sims 1-yard pass from Matt Moore (kick failed, hit left upright), 10:57. Jets 7–6. Drive: 8 plays, 52 yards, 4:23.
  • MIA – Kenny Stills 52-yard pass from Matt Moore (Andrew Franks kick), 1:58. Dolphins 13–7. Drive: 3 plays, 53 yards, 1:51.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 48-yard field goal, 0:18. Dolphins 13–10. Drive: 11 plays, 48 yards, 1:40.

Third quarter

  • MIA – Walt Aikens 11-yard return of blocked punt (Andrew Franks kick), 10:30. Dolphins 20–10.
  • MIA – Dion Sims 1-yard pass from Matt Moore (Andrew Franks kick), 7:43. Dolphins 27–10. Drive: 5 plays, 60 yards, 2:32.
  • MIA – Jarvis Landry 66-yard pass from Matt Moore (Andrew Franks kick), 6:26. Dolphins 34–10. Drive: 1 play, 66 yards, 0:10.

Fourth quarter

  • NYJ – Nick Folk 36-yard field goal, 5:43. Dolphins 34–13. Drive: 9 plays, 37 yards, 4:08.

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With the blowout Saturday night win on the road, the Dolphins improved to 9–5, their first winning season since 2008. Matt Moore was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his four-touchdown performance.

Week 16: at Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Sixteen: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 7 7 14 3

34

Bills 0 7 14 10

31

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 38 °F (3 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 64,690
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • MIA – DeVante Parker 56-yard pass from Matt Moore (Andrew Franks kick), 12:05. Dolphins 21–7. Drive: 5 plays, 70 yards, 2:55.
  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 19-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 6:46. Dolphins 21–14. Drive: 10 plays, 77 yards, 5:19.
  • MIA – Kenny Stills 6-yard pass from Matt Moore (Andrew Franks kick), 3:14. Dolphins 28–14. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:32.
  • BUF – Charles Clay 18-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (Dan Carpenter kick), 2:02. Dolphins 28–21. Drive: 4 plays, 78 yards, 2:02.

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 28-yard field goal, 5:51. Dolphins 28–24. Drive: 10 plays, 89 yards, 4:24.
  • BUF – Charles Clay 7-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (Dan Carpenter kick), 1:20. Bills 31–28. Drive: 10 plays, 89 yards, 2:40.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 55-yard field goal, 0:06. Tied 31–31. Drive: 6 plays, 24 yards, 1:14.

Overtime

  • MIA – Andrew Franks 27-yard field goal, 0:47. Dolphins 34–31. Drive: 7 plays, 77 yards, 3:13.

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Miami needed a 56-yard field goal by Andrew Franks to force overtime, and the combination of a missed Dan Carpenter FG attempt by Buffalo and a 57-yard run by Jay Ajayi set Franks up to make the game-winning kick. This clinched Miami's first 10-win season since 2008, and after the Christmas Day win by Kansas City over Denver, it also led to Miami's first playoff berth in eight years.

Week 17: vs. New England PatriotsEdit

Week Seventeen: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 14 6 7 8

35

Dolphins 0 7 7 0

14

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: January 1, 2017
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 80 °F (27 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 66,163
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 40-yard field goal, 14:56. Patriots 17–0. Drive: 8 plays, 34 yards, 2:58.
  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 26-yard field goal, 3:21. Patriots 20–0. Drive: 15 plays, 52 yards, 8:19.
  • MIA – Jarvis Landry 8-yard pass from Matt Moore (Andrew Franks kick), 0:28. Patriots 20–7. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 2:53.

Third quarter

  • MIA – Kenny Stills 25-yard pass from Matt Moore (Andrew Franks kick), 8:39. Patriots 20–14. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 6:21.
  • NE – Julian Edelman 77-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 6:41. Patriots 27–14. Drive: 3 plays, 80 yards, 1:58.

Fourth quarter

  • NE – LeGarrette Blount 1-yard run (Tom Brady–Julian Edelman pass), 5:33. Patriots 35–14. Drive: 6 plays, 18 yards, 3:02.

Top passers

  • NE – Tom Brady – 25/33, 276 yards, 3 TD
  • MIA – Matt Moore – 24/34, 205 yards, 2 TD, INT

Top rushers

  • NE – LeGarrette Blount – 14 rushes, 51 yards, TD
  • MIA – Jay Ajayi – 16 rushes, 59 yards

Top receivers

  • NE – Julian Edelman – 8 receptions, 151 yards, TD
  • MIA – Jarvis Landry – 9 receptions, 76 yards, TD

With the loss, Miami ended their season 10–6 and finished as the 6th seed in the AFC.

PostseasonEdit

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: at (#3) Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: (#6) Miami Dolphins at (#3) Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 3 3 0 6

12

Steelers 14 6 10 0

30

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
First quarter
  • PIT – Antonio Brown 50-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Chris Boswell kick), 12:15. Steelers 7–0. Drive: 5 plays, 85 yards, 2:45.
  • PIT – Antonio Brown 62-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Chris Boswell kick), 6:50. Steelers 14–0. Drive: 6 plays, 90 yards, 3:10.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 38-yard field goal, 3:06. Steelers 14–3. Drive: 7 play, 39 yards, 3:44.
Second quarter
  • PIT – Le'Veon Bell 1-yard run (kick failed, hit right upright), 12:39. Steelers 20–3. Drive: 10 plays, 83 yards, 5:27.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 47-yard field goal, 4:52. Steelers 20–6. Drive: 12 play, 39 yards, 7:47.
Third quarter
  • PIT – Chris Boswell 34-yard field goal, 6:32. Steelers 23–6. Drive: 8 play, 43 yards, 4:16.
  • PIT – Le'Veon Bell 8-yard run (Chris Boswell kick), 2:05. Steelers 30–6. Drive: 7 plays, 25 yards, 4:18.
Fourth quarter
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StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

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ConferenceEdit

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