Miami Dolphins' 10 Most Memorable Games of the Decade

Jason ClaryCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2010

Miami Dolphins' 10 Most Memorable Games of the Decade

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    Miami has played in many memorable games during the past decade, both good and bad.

    The following list contains everything from late comebacks to pure domination. See where your favorite games fall in order!

No. 10: Miami Stomps Dallas on Thanksgiving 40-21 (2003)

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    It wasn't a typical offensive effort for the Dolphins to put up 40 points in a game. This was especially impressive because it was on prime time on Thanksgiving.

    Jay Fiedler and Chris Chambers torched the Dallas Defense for three touchdowns. Ricky Williams also rushed for over 100 yards.

No. 9: Miami Beats Chicago 31-13 (2006)

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    At the time when Miami played Chicago, the Bears were undefeated and Miami was 1-6.

    Miami proceeded to prove the entire NFL wrong, stomping the Bears and forcing six turnovers.

    Miami couldn't seem to get anything right in the earlier part of the season, and it went into this game like it had nothing to lose.

    This was the team's most impressive victory of 2006.

No. 8: Dolphins Playoff Win Against Colts, Win 23-17 in OT (2000)

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    I was too young to even remember this game, but, seeing as this is Miami's only playoff win of the 2000's, it can't be ignored.

    Running back Lamar Smith carried the ball 40 times for over 200 yards, while Miami overcame three Jay Fiedler interceptions in the first half, tying the game late in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

    Smith would score the game winning touchdown, capping the game and securing the win for Miami.

    Smith's 40 carries are still a playoff record.

No. 7: Chad Henne's Primetime Debut, Fins win 31-27 (2009)

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    This game was the start of the rivalry between Chad Henne's Dolphins and Mark Sanchez's Jets

    This was a back and fourth game, while Miami seemed to move its offense almost at will.

    Chad Henne's debut on Monday Night Football could not have gone any better. With time ticking down, Ronnie Brown scored out of the wildcat to propel the Dolphins ahead of the Jets as time was almost out.

    This game featured five lead changes, and Chad Henne improved to 2-0 as a starter.

No. 6: Dolphins Come Back at Mile High, Win 24-22 (2002)

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    In the early 2000s, Miami and Denver always had great games against each other. This game is a classic example of the matchups you can expect from the two teams.

    This game was back and fourth. Chris Chambers was knocked out earlier in the game, and Jay Fiedler broke the thumb on his throwing hand.

    That thumb didn't stop Jay from leading a comeback drive with 40 seconds left, getting in range for Olindo Mare to hit a 53 yarder.

    Seconds before Miami started its last possession, Jason Elam hit a 55 yarder, which the Broncos thought was the finishing blow.

No. 5: Dolphins Rally to Beat the Bills, 24-23 (2005)

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    No matter how good or bad either team is, the Dolphins and Bills make every game exciting.

    In this specific case, the Bills jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, with J.P. Losman and Lee Evans hooking up for three touchdowns.

    Miami managed a field goal late in the second quarter, however, they started the third quarter with Gus Frerotte getting sacked in the end zone. Frerotte would be knocked out of the game, and Miami would have to trust in Sage Rosenfels' arm.

    Sage led Miami on a fourth quarter comeback, hitting Chris Chambers on fourth down, with six seconds left for the game winning touchdown. Miami won 24-23. Chris Chambers set Dolphins records for receptions and receiving yards in a single game.

    http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2005120401/2005/REG13/bills@dolphins#tab:watch

No. 4: Miami Upsets New England Monday Night 29-28 (2004)

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    I think we all remember this game.

    Miami was 2-11 at the time, while New England was 12-1. This matchup featured opponents who were on completely different levels. Miami was in the midst of rebuilding, while New England was in serious Super Bowl contention.

    Miami fought through the entire game, and the game came up to a fourth down play. A.J. Feeley threw to Derrius Thompson for a 21-yard touchdown, which would put Miami ahead 29-28.

    It was one of the biggest upsets of the season.

No. 3: Pennington's Home Field Advantage, Fins Win 24-17 (2008)

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    In 2008, the New York Jets dumped Chad Pennington like he was a piece of garbage. He quickly found a home in Miami, and the rest would be history.

    Pennington helped Miami achieve records in a season for fewest turnovers and biggest turnaround of wins.

    Chad's final test would be a week 17 matchup in the Meadowlands, a place that he used to call home.

    With playoff implications on the line, it was win or go home.

    Pennington showed New York that he was not an over-used piece of trash, as Miami beat New York and earned the division title.

No. 2: Wildcat Unleashed, 38-13 (2008)

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    After an 0-2 start, people in Miami were beginning to think the season was already over. After losing to the Jets and Cardinals in back to back weeks, the New England Patriots were supposed to pummel the Dolphins.

    What the Patriots saw, though, they had no answer to. This was Miami's first game using the Wildcat formation, which is a formation in which Ronnie Brown takes a snap from the shotgun, either running it himself, passing it, or handing it off to another player in motion.

    Brown would rush for four touchdowns and pass for another. Chad Pennington was efficient passing as he completed 17 of 20 passes for over 200 yards.

    This was the start of the Wildcat in the NFL, which would eventually catch on for teams like the Jets and Browns.

No. 1: Overtime Finish Against Baltimore, 22-16 (2007)

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    This game was truly one of the greatest games in Dolphins history. It was the single bright spot for the entire season, and the players acted as if they had won the Super Bowl.

    Miami was 0-13, stuck in overtime against the Baltimore Ravens, and facing a third down. Cleo Lemon proceeded to hit Greg Camarillo on a slant route, which went the distance.

    Miami would not make history as a winless team.

Honorable Mentions

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    • Miami pummels the Broncos 34-10 in their 2005 season opener. The Dolphins entered the game as heavy under dogs.

     

    • Joey Harrington gets redemption versus Detroit on Thanksgiving Day in 2006.

     

    • 2003 Comeback versus the Redskins. Griese was pulled in favor of Fiedler, and Ricky Williams scores two late touchdowns to put the Dolphins ahead 24-23.

     

    • Jay Fiedler dives for a touchdown with five seconds left, giving Miami the edge against Oakland in 2001. Final score was 18-15.