Joey Porter celebrates one of his four sacks versus Buffalo on 10-26-08! 

(11-14-93) Coach Shula gets carried off of the field after his record-setting win!  

     There have been so many thrilling games over the years that I can list only a few of the best.  The criteria that I have used to select the best Dolphin games that I have witnessed on television, tape, or in person includes importance, excitement, satisfaction, and other intangibles.  What follows is a list of games in no particular order.
Marino deep to Duper....TOUCHDOWN!!!! Dolphins 21, Jets 17 in Miami 11-10-85 Game #10
One of the favorite nights of my life.  The Dolphins needed this win so badly.  And got it in grand fashion.  Just after everyone thought the Jets had won, Marino went deep to Duper and, with one hand, Mark Super Duper was able to secure the ball and the game.  Miami Dolphins #1!

Dolphins 24, Bills 23 in Miami 12-4-05 Game #12
**Buffalo ran off 21 points in the first quarter for a 21-0 lead. The Fins were able to kick a field goal just before halftime to cut the deficit to 21-3.  When starting quarterback Gus Frerotte was sacked in the end zone for a safety, he was knocked out of the game with a concussion.  Backup Sage Rosenfels took over and starting throwing darts, especially to Chris Chambers.  Chambers hauled in 15 passes, including the game-winner on 4th down with 6 seconds left in the game!  My favorite announcer, Don Criqui, ended the broadcast by saying, "What a day for the Dolphins!"

dolphsbeatcolts23-17.jpg (25876 bytes)  Lamar scores the winning touchdown in overtime against the Colts!

Dolphins 23, Colts 17 (OT)  in Miami  1-6-01  AFC WildCard
**In this AFC WildCard game, the Dolphins trailed the favored, red-hot Colts, 14-0.  Determined to overcome, Lamar Smith would not be denied.  He set a team record for yards gained (209) and set an NFL playoff record for number of carries (40).  His 19-yard touchdown gallop in overtime won it for the never-say-die Dolphins.

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Dolphins 24, Bills 17  in Miami  1-2-99  AFC WildCard
**This battle went back and forth from the game's first play to the final gunshot.  On the first play from scrimmage, the Bills went for the home run.  Doug Flutie hit Eric Moulds in full stride, however, as the race was on, Terrell Buckley knocked the ball loose and Brock Marion recovered.  With just 17 seconds left in the game and the Bills at the Dolphin five, Trace Armstrong sacked Flutie, and the ball came loose.  The Dolphins pounced on it for the win.

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Dolphins 39, Patriots 35 in Miami 9-4-94 Opening Day
**Dan Marino, coming off of his Achilles tendon injury in 1993, was being doubted by all the critics.  He responded by completing 23 of 42 passes for 473 yards and FIVE touchdowns as the Dolphins won in dramatic fashion.  The Patriots had apparently sealed the deal, but Danny put on a show that had me going through a friend's basement ceiling.

agregbaty.jpg (29032 bytes)  The ice-covered field at Dallas on 11-25-93.

Dolphins 16, Cowboys 14  at Dallas 11-25-93 Game #11
**On an ice-covered field in Dallas, this Thanksgiving Day game saw one of the strangest endings ever to a football game.  Dolphin kicker Pete Stoyanovich's 40-yard field goal attempt was blocked with 15 seconds left.  As the ball slid away and the announcers gave the win to Dallas, defensive lineman Leon Lett saved the day for the Dolphins.  For some reason, Lett tried to recover the ball.  He was unable to control the ball and a Dolphin jumped on it.  This gave the Dolphins the ball and another kick attempt with four seconds left.  This time Pete split the uprights, thus beginning a wonderful holiday celebration for me.  Thanks, Leon!

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Dolphins 45, Steelers 28 in Miami 1-6-85  AFC Championship
**As a boy, Dan Marino's favorite team was the Pittsburgh Steelers.  On this day it was his favorite team to go deep on.  Danny completed 21 of 32 passes for 421 yards and FOUR touchdowns to help advance the Dolphins into Super Bowl XIX.

12-24-16 Franks kicks the winner!

Dolphins 34, Buffalo 31 (OT) in Buffalo 12-24-16 Game #15
**I watched the Dolphins win a thriller with SupaNef Alex.  The game looked so promising early and then came the twists and turns.  The Dolphins, who have shown perseverance all season, made the plays down the stretch.  A 55-yard field goal by Andrew Franks?  Good!!! Overtime!!!  The Jay Train went over 200 yards again, becoming just the fourth NFL player ever to hit the 200-yard mark three times in one season.  To beat a team I despise made it even sweeter.  To enter the playoffs with this win (combined with a KC win over Denver a day later) was the ultimate feeling!
Sanders celebrates after 47-yarder for the win!! Dolphins 31, Chicago 28 (OT) in Miami 10-14-18 Game #6
**The Dolphins, forced to start back-up quarterback Brock Osweiler against the best defense in the league, took a 7-0 lead.  But, Chicago would take a seemingly commanding lead of 21-10 in the second half.  Brock showed that he knew how to hit speedy Albert Wilson, a receiver who joined the Dolphins last spring.  And, Wilson found the end zone a couple of times.  Soon, it was tied at 28-28 and the game went into overtime.  On the Dolphins' first drive, they moved all the way to the Bear one yard line...and that's where Kenyan Drake fumbled.  After Chicago missed a 52-yard field goal that would've won it for them, Kenyan Drake had a couple of key gains to set up the winning 47-yard field goal on the final play of overtime by Jason Sanders.  Alex and I went and celebrated at the nursing home with Kenny afterwards.
     More games will be added later.

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