9 Reasons 2012 Hasn't Been a Complete Loss for the Miami Dolphins

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9 Reasons 2012 Hasn't Been a Complete Loss for the Miami Dolphins
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They may be 6-8 entering Week 16, but the Miami Dolphins' playoff pulse is still beating.

But, in order to actually snag an AFC Wild Card berth, the Dolphins need some substantial assistance from Lady Luck.

The Dolphins need a complex string of events to unfold in the next two weeks in order to sneak into an AFC Wild Card spot. Here's exactly what the Phins need, per Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post:

1. To beat Buffalo and New England
2. Cincinnati to lose to Pittsburgh and Baltimore
3. Pittsburgh to beat Cincinnati and lose to Cleveland
4. New York Jets to lose to the Chargers or Bills

In other words, don't get your hopes up. 

Barring a miraculous two-week stretch, Miami will not be playing past Week 17. Nobody expected it to before the season, anyway. So, although this season was ugly at times, the Dolphins have met or exceeded most expectations. 

The Dolphins might not make a playoff appearance in 2012, but there are still plenty of positive takeaways from this season. 

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