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Patriots vs Dolphins

The Patriots vs Dolphins division rivalry continues. Ace Ticket is your source for Patriots tickets including Patriots vs Dolphins tickets.

The New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins have little in common. Either team has a steep disadvantage when the other has home field advantage whether it’s a Patriots player sucking wind in the sticky September weather of Miami or a Dolphin bundling up in a snowy December match up in Foxborough. These division rivals have been rivals for three decades now with both sets of loyal fans willing to make the trip up or down Route 1 to see their team play.

The rivalry arguably started when New England hosted the Dolphins on December 12th, 1982. With seconds left on the clock and snow covering the field, the Patriots called time out to set up for a possibly game winning field goal. During the time out snow plow operator Mark Henderson, who was on work release from prison, drove onto the field and made a clearing for Patriots kicker John Smith to attempt the field goal. Despite Miami coach Don Shula going wild on the sidelines the kick was made and Patriots went on to win, 3-0.

The Patriots and Dolphins would meet again in the 1985 AFC Championship game. Miami was heavily favored but the 11-5 Patriots forced Dan Marino and the rest of the Dolphins’ offense to commit six turnovers and the Pats would go on to win 31-14. The Patriots would then get crushed by the 15-1 Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl leaving many critics to argue that the Dolphins should have won the game and would have been a more entertaining match up for the Bears.

In Drew Bledsoe’s sophomore season he and the Patriots would face-off against Dan Marino in the season opener of the 1994 season. The game went down to the wire with both quarterbacks throwing for over 400 yards each but in the end Marino would out duel his young counterpart as Miami won 39-35. The game was decided after Ben Coates fumbled the ball as the Patriots were driving in the fourth quarter.

Although these franchises have gone in opposite directions with Miami only making the playoffs three times since the turn of the century and the Patriots winning three Super Bowls, this rivalry is about more than the division title. It’s about South Beach versus South Shore, Miami’s September heat versus New England’s changing leaves, and most importantly it’s about whose team has the best fans in football.