Dolphins playoff scenarios for 2013 aren’t exactly straight forward. The 2013 Miami Dolphins playoff scenarios begin with the team winning a Week 17 game against the New York Jets on Sunday (Dec. 29), but it also depends on the results of three other games. A report from ESPN on Sunday morning might just give the team a needed spark. Coaching legend Don Shula has given current head coach Joe Philbin his endorsement.
That’s a really big deal with the controversy and drama that has encompassed Miami for a lot of the season. It will certainly cause a lot of buzz that the endorsement comes from a Super Bowl winner as well. What the team has to do now is take care of business and hold on to that No. 6 seed in the 2014 AFC Playoffs. To do that, though, a few things have to fall in favor of the team as the Week 17 match-ups play out.
At the moment, there is a three-way tie for the second wild card slot in the AFC. Miami, the San Diego Chargers, and the Baltimore Ravens all have 8-7 records heading into the Week 17 games. The three-way tie benefits the team, as they win the overall tie-breaker. In the 2013 Miami Dolphins playoff scenarios, finishing in a three-way tie will put the team in the postseason.
The team wins the head-to-head battle with the Chargers, but loses it to the Ravens. It makes the best case scenario for Week 17 to be a Ravens loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. If the team wins and San Diego also wins, the results of the Baltimore game don't matter. That Baltimore vs. Cincinnati game will take place at the same time as the Miami vs. New York game (1 p.m. ET).
If both teams move to 9-7 in the 1 p.m. ET games, they will be rooting for different results in the 4:25 p.m. ET San Diego vs. Kansas City game. A Kansas City win would put Baltimore in the postseason and a San Diego win would put Miami into the 2014 AFC Playoffs. It might be complicated at this point, but at least the 2013 Miami Dolphins playoff scenarios still exist.
One final way it could all play out is if all three teams lose. As long as the Pittsburgh Steelers also lose to the Cleveland Browns, Miami would still nab that No. 6 seed. If the Steelers win and the other three teams lose, though, it will be Pittsburgh in that second wild card slot.
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