The Miami Dolphins had to settle for an 8-8 record in 2014 after their 37-24 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.
It was almost exactly a year ago that the Jets ended the season with another win over the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. On December 29th, 2013, the Jets were 20-7 winners which also led to an 8-8 record for Miami. Both teams entered this contest already eliminated from the postseason.
The Dolphins won't have to be concerned with the exact same scenario happening again in 2015 as the two teams will not actually meet in Miami. Instead New York and Miami will play in London in what will be considered a home game for the Dolphins. That will come in the fourth week of the year.
Miami actually led this game 17-14 at the half but things changed once the teams returned from the locker room. The Jets would go on to outscore the Dolphins 13-0 in the final quarter of the season.
Ryan Tannehill was 23-39 on the day for 259 yards. The third-year quarterback threw a touchdown pass and was not picked off. Tannehill did land on his back a lot though as he was sacked seven times for a total of 51 yards.
Lamar Miller rushed for 178 yards on 19 carries and eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing on the year. The run that pushed him over that mark was a record breaking one. Miller ran 97 yards for a TD in what was the longest run in Miami history. It was also the third longest run in NFL history.
The Dolphins did not do a good job containing Geno Smith who broke out for a big game that could save his job. The quarterback had 358 yards in the air, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Miami now heads into the off-season knowing it needs improvements to end its playoff drought in 2015.