Playoff History Lesson

It's been a while since the Dolphins were in the playoffs, so perhaps many have forgotten about the team's recent postseason history. That actually might not be such a bad thing considering the Dolphins haven't had much success in the playoffs over the past 20 years.

2001

Wild-card round: Baltimore 20, Miami 3

The Dolphins recover a fumble on the opening kickoff but settle for a field goal and do nothing offensively the rest of the game.

2000

Wild-card round: Miami 23, Indianapolis 17 (OT)

It's the Lamar Smith show, as he runs wild over the Colts and scores the game-winning touchdown in overtime.

Divisional round: Oakland 27, Miami 0

The Dolphins got in scoring position on their first drive of the game, but a Jay Fiedler interception was returned 90 yards for a touchdown and it didn't get better after that.

1999

Wild-card round: Miami 20, Seattle 17

Dan Marino's last hurrah. He drives the Dolphins 85 yards to set up J.J. Johnson's game-winning 2-yard touchdown run.

Divisional round: Jacksonville 62, Miami 7

Yikes. The end of the Jimmy Johnson and Dan Marino eras, and it's not pretty. The Jaguars score 24 points in the first quarter on their way to handing the Dolphins their most lopsided playoff loss ever.

1998

Wild-card round: Miami 24, Buffalo 17

A great finish, as Doug Flutie drives the Bills in Dolphins territory but he fumbles when he's sacked by Trace Armstrong.

Divisional round: Denver 38, Miami 3

A few weeks after beating them in the regular season, the Dolphins didn't stand a chance in this one as Terrell Davis rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns.

1997

Wild-card round: New England 17, Miami 3

The Dolphins can't do anything offensively, prompting then-offensive coordinator Gary Stevens to utter this great line: "You can't make chicken salad out of chicken (bleep)."

1995

Wild-card round: Buffalo 37, Miami 22

The Dolphins racked up 502 yards of offense with Dan Marino passing for 422 yards. But that's not nearly enough on a day when the defense gives up 341 yards rushing in what became Don Shula's last game.

1994

Wild-card round: Miami 27, Kansas City 17

Marino gets the better of Joe Montana.

Divisional round: San Diego 22, Miami 21

Heartbreak in Southern California. The Dolphins blow a 21-6 lead, then lose when Pete Stoyanovich misses a 48-yard field goal attempt with just eight seconds left.

1992

Divisional round: Miami 31, San Diego 0

It's raining at Dolphin Stadium, but it doesn't bother the Dolphins who totally dominate the Chargers behind four interceptions by the defense and three touchdown passes by Marino.

AFC Championship Game: Buffalo 29, Miami 10

It's the last time the Dolphins got that far, but it was a forgettable day at Dolphin Stadium. The offense turned the ball over five times and the defense had no answer for running backs Thurman Thomas and Kenneth Davis, who combined for 279 yards from scrimmage.


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