That seemed bad. After Miami spent half of the game with exactly zero points, not having enough good football players was confirmed to be bad.
Then, the Dolphins came out of halftime looking like a pound-the-rock-up-your-asses, leather-helmet-era juggernaut. The Patriots had no answers for it, so the Dolphins just kept running it.
After the dust settled on one of their best rushing attack performances in years, the Dolphins had turned a 6-0 halftime deficit into a 22-12 win.
Phewwwww. That was almost so bad!
The Dolphins' season-saving second half of offensive output turned what looked to be a disappointing loss that would have all but eliminated them from the postseason into a win that moved them to 9-5 and in control of their own destiny.
Fins scored 22 in the 2nd half pic.twitter.com/6NTJ50hvap— Vic Damone Jr (@dagreatest33) December 20, 2020
If the Dolphins win their last two games and finish 11-5, they're in the playoffs. No help needed. No Steve Kornacki and his magic maps required.
Dolphins have 242 rushing yards, fourth-most ever against the Patriots in the Belichick era pic.twitter.com/JckL1Unotr— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) December 20, 2020
It’s been 7 years since the Patriots were trampled on the ground like they were by the Dolphins today— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 20, 2020
The 250 rushing yards for the @MiamiDolphins today were the most allowed by the Patriots since Nov. 24, 2013 vs. Denver (280) and the fourth-most allowed since Belichick became head coach in 2000.— Brett Brecheisen (@bbrech) December 20, 2020
But the most important drives were sealed by Tua touchdowns. Just how Dolphins fans like it.
The Dolphins have the Las Vegas Raiders and Buffalo Bills left on their schedule. They need to beat both to make the playoffs. The Raiders are pretty bad and will likely be without their starting quarterback. The Buffalo Bills, having wrapped up the AFC East this weekend, will likely have little to play for and may rest their best players.
Heyooooohh pic.twitter.com/rykZXN6sy2— Angel Resto (@angelresto28) December 20, 2020
All the Dolphins need is to stop losing all their best players to injury, and this might actually happen. The Dolphins may play actual NFL Playoff football. Sunday was step one of a three-step process of getting there.