Miami Dolphins Clinch Playoff Berth for First Time Since 2016, Set to Face Buffalo Bills on Sunday

By  //  January 10, 2023

Dolphin kicker jason sanders hit on a 50-yd field goal with 18 seconds left

ABOVE VIDEO: Inside the locker room after a 11-6 win against the New York Jets.

(ESPN.COM) – Within minutes of the Miami Dolphins 11-6 win Sunday over the New York Jets, the videoboards at Hard Rock Stadium switched over from the celebratory graphics to a live broadcast of the game between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.

The Dolphins swore throughout the week they wouldn’t track that pivotal AFC East matchup and would focus solely on controlling what they could control; true to their word through the end, most players left the field shortly after the final whistle. By the time everyone had returned to the locker room, their fate had been sealed.

Miami clinched the AFC’s final playoff berth with the Sunday win and the Patriots’ loss to the Bills, snapping a five-year drought. Kicker Jason Sanders, previously 1-for-5 on field goals of at least 50 yards this season, connected on a 50-yard attempt with 18 seconds left in the game to seal the victory.

After a difficult two-year stretch entering Week 18, in which Sanders had made just 3 of 11 kicks of 50 or more yards, the 2020 All-Pro said he was happy to come through for his teammates with the season on the line.

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