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Drive to Super Bowl continues on Sunday

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Two teams took the first step toward the Super Bowl on Saturday. With Houston and Seattle moving on, two more games will set up the NFL’s Elite 8. Here are Sunday’s matchups. Miami (10-6) at Pittsburgh (11-5), Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (CBS) Miami is making its first playoff appearance since 2008 and is looking for its first postseason win since the wild-card round in 2000. Quarterback Matt Moore will make his first postseason start for the Dolphins with Ryan Tannehill…

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Dolphins fall to Patriots; prepare for playoffs

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The New England Patriots will not be traveling for the 2017 NFL playoffs. Thanks to their 35-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, the Patriots will host any playoff game in which they are involved. Future Hall of Famer Tom Brady showed why he earned that moniker. He completed 25 of 33 passes to seven different receivers for 276 yards and three touchdowns. Despite the fact New England had the Eastern Division of the AFC…

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Dolphins escape Buffalo with 34-31 OT victory

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It turned out closer than it should have, but the Miami Dolphins beat the Buffalo Bills 34-31 in overtime on Saturday in upstate New York. Andrew Franks tied the game at the end of regulation with a 55-yard field goal and won it with only 55 seconds left in the extra period. With the victory, the Dolphins moved to 10-5, the first time they have won that many games since 2008. That is also the last time Miami qualified for…

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Dolphins clinch winning season; keep playoff hopes alive

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For the first time since 2008 the Miami Dolphins will finish the regular season with a winning record. That welcome development was assured after the Dolphins drubbed the New York Jets 34-13 in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday night. By improving their record to 9-5, Miami also stayed in the playoff hunt in the AFC. The Jets made a game of it for a half, trailing only 13-10 at intermission, but Miami put up three touchdowns in the third…

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Dolphins survive Arizona comeback bid; Ryan Tannehill injured

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On a rainy Sunday afternoon in south Florida, the Miami Dolphins were cruising to a victory over the Arizona Cardinals. In the end, Miami would need a last second field goal from Andrew Franks to escape with a 26-23 victory. The Dolphins bottled up Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson in the first half. Palmer had his worst half as a Cardinal, throwing for only 50 yards. Miami would take a 21-9 lead and appeared headed for an easy…

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Ravens answer to Dolphins’ winning streak: “Never more”

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The Miami Dolphins had been riding high on a six-game winning streak before traveling to Baltimore for Sunday’s game. With all due apologies to Edgar Allan Poe, “Quoth the Ravens, nevermore.” Miami was buried by the Ravens, 38-6 ending their winning streak and making them look as they did earlier in the season. The Dolphins looked like fish out water as their running game was nearly non-existent and quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered three interceptions. Baltimore, on the other hand, was…

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Dolphins survive Colin Kaepernick’s statement on the field

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Whenever the name Colin Kaepernick comes up, the conversation usually centers on something other than football. His recent political statements have overwhelmed anything he has done on the football field since regaining his starting role at quarterback. Of course, that was always subject to change were he to do something newsworthy with his helmet on.  On Sunday in Miami, he changed the subject. No, the San Francisco 49ers did not beat the Miami Dolphins. Miami hung on for a 31-24…

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