Due to Dan Marino's offseason holdout, and an injury to receiver Mark Duper, the Dolphins were only 5-4 through Week Nine, and in third place in the AFC East, behind the 7-2 Jets and 6-3 Patriots. Their 220 points scored through Week Nine were fifth in the league, and 85 points fewer -- 9.4 per game -- than in 1984 at the same point in the season.
The Dolphins righted the ship, however, and won their final seven games, including a stunning upset of the then-undefeated Chicago Bears in a Week Thirteen Monday Night contest. (It would be Chicago's only loss of the season.) Miami won the division and defeated the AFC Central Champion Cleveland Browns 24-21 in their first playoff game. Their season would end, however, with a 31-14 home loss to division rival New England in the AFC Championship Game.
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“headland beyond stormy headland plunging like dolphins through the
Into pale sea, look west at the hill of water: it is half the
planet: this dome, this half-globe, this bulging
Eyeball of water,”
—Robinson Jeffers (18871962)
“She, O, she is fallen
Into a pit of ink, that the wide sea
Hath drops too few to wash her clean again
And salt too little which may season give
To her foul tainted flesh!”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)