Dolphins Barely Miss Out On the NFL Playoffs, Lose to Bills in Week 17 Blowout


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Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins makes a pass against the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter at Bills Stadium on Jan. 3, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York.

Ethan Melendi, Sports Writer

Last Sunday, the Miami Dolphins ended their season and playoff hopes with a disappointing loss to the Buffalo Bills 26-56. The Dolphins narrowly missed out on the playoffs, finishing with an impressive regular season record 10-6. Rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa threw for an impressive 361 yards and one touchdown. However, he also finished the game with three interceptions. But most of those terrible plays weren’t his fault, as most of the Dolphins’ struggles were a result of the misfired play calling on the offensive side. 

Tagovailoa is not the type of player that likes to play it safe, that was exactly what the offensive coaches saw fit to do against the Bills. They had Tagovailoa throwing short, meaningless passes, which did nothing to help Miami’s winning chances of making it to the playoffs 

However, the future does look bright for Miami. Two years ago, the Dolphins were one of the worst teams in the league, finishing with an abysmal record of 5-11 and last in the AFC East Division. This year, Miami finished with one of the best records in the AFC, at 10-6. For years, Miami was a team in a constant state of “rebuilding” and could never find their footing; they were always off-balance, so to speak. However, those years might be over: the team’s drastic improvements are very apparent, and Miami is definitely a team to watch in the seasons to come.