Its been 8 years since the Miami Dolphins had reached the playoffs. On that day in 2009, the Dolphins were outmatched by the Ravens and were embarrassed on their home field. Today, Miami traveled to cold Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. The outcome, much of the same.
Without starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who had been ruled out due to injury, the Dolphins were left to start Matt Moore, who had not started a playoff game in his career. The first quarter, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown caught two long touchdowns to put Pitt up 14-0, pretty much after that, Miami hopes were dashed. Against a smothering defense, the Dolphins offense turned it over 3 times, two of them being in Steelers territory.
What made the difference in this game, was the comparison between the play of the two running backs. Steelers running back, Le’Veon Bell, set a Steelers franchise record, with 167 rushing yards and two touchdowns, one capping off an 83 yard drive, that took the energy right out of Miami. On the other hand, Jay Agayi for the Dolphins, who had rushed for over 200 yards the last time these two teams met earlier in the season, was held to a lowly 33 yards of rushing.
When it was all said and done, the Terrible Towels were flying high all day, and the Steelers won easily 30-6. As for the Dolphins, the loss marks the end of a magical season, in which they ended the regular season winning 9 out of their last 11 games.Though the defeat means that football is over in Miami until this fall, the sun surely is rising in South Florida, with a young team destined to cause some havoc in the AFC, in the years to come.
Now for Pittsburgh, its on to Kansas City next week, to take on the Chiefs. The Steelers proved earlier this season that they’re able to compete against the Chiefs, handing Kansas City a 30 point loss in October. With the win today, the Steelers moved past the Dallas Cowboys for most playoff wins in NFL history.