For the Dolphins to even garner a shot at a Wild Card berth, they'd have to win out. This means they'd have to defeat the 49ers in San Francisco on Sunday—which would be nothing shy of a miracle—then beat the Bills, Jaguars and Patriots.
Anything is possible, sure, but I'm not getting my hopes up.
Not one bit.
Instead, it's time to start reflecting back on the season that was and start looking ahead toward what the future holds for this young Dolphins team. Although 2012 won't be a year to remember for Miami, there are actually plenty of positive takeaways.
Here are some of those positive lessons to be had from a season that featured the arrival of the quarterback of the future, a new head coach and the emergence of some future stars.