The Miami Dolphins stand in a place that's unfamiliar to them: controlling their own destiny in the race for the AFC playoffs.
You'd have to go back to 2008 for the last time Miami found itself in that position. That Dolphins team was 10-5 going into its final game of the season and had one mission—win and they were in.
This year, the Dolphins are 8-6 and find themselves needing to win their final two games to get to the playoffs.
Last week, the Patriots were the most important game of the season for the Dolphins. That title now belongs to Miami's Week 16 contest against the Buffalo Bills.
What do we know about the Dolphins going into their next contest, and what do we need to know about the Dolphins thus far?
Here's a complete look at a Miami team that can taste the playoffs, but one that still needs to finish strong in order to get in.