Dolphins Playoff Possibilities: What Seeds Can Miami Get?

Toby Graves
December 26, 2016

The Broncos' defeat, coupled with Miami's 34-31 overtime victory at Buffalo on Saturday, assured the Dolphins (10-5) of no worse than the sixth and final seed in the conference playoffs.

The Steelers play the Browns Sunday in game that doesn't mean much. The world where the Patriots host the Raiders and the Chiefs host the Steelers for a chance to play in the AFC Championship game is the ideal outcome and is also very likely to happen. At 10-5, the Dolphins are now the sixth seed in the AFC, but that could change depending on the outcome of the Chiefs game against the San Diego Chargers in Week 17. So if Miami winds up as the 5-seed, they'll head to Houston.

If the Patriots and Raiders receive the first round byes, then the Chiefs and Dolphins will be the wild card teams.

Here's the part where Chiefs fans root for the Broncos.

But in an AFC where the New England Patriots have been the only dominant force throughout the duration of the regular season, the door isn't completely shut on a deep postseason run.

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Result: A bye in the playoffs, and the Chiefs would play at home in the Divisional round either January 14 or 15 against the third, fourth or fifth seed. The Raiders would travel to face the Texans in an ugly game of quarterbacking between Raiders QB Matt McGloin and Texans QB Tom Savage. Miami finished 6-10 last season and the team hadn't posted a winning season since 2008 when the Dolphins last won the AFC East.

History: The Chiefs swept the Raiders this season but lost at the Texans and Steelers.

But the Patriots could potentially rest some key players, like they did with Matthew Slater and Dont'a Hightower in Week 16, and still hope to beat the Dolphins.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the game at Heinz Field on the weekend of January 7-8, 2017 (date, time and opponent to be announced). If Miami wins and the Kansas City Chiefs lose their regular-season finale against the San Diego Chargers, the Dolphins would leap over the Chiefs into the No. 5 playoff spot.

It's rarely been pretty and the numbers don't point to a playoff team, with the Dolphins ranking in the bottom half of the league in both total offense and total defense. The Chiefs would be 2-3 in those game, while the Dolphins would be 3-2. Ticket information for the AFC Wild Card Game has been announced. If the Chiefs win that, they would have to win two more road games to reach the Super Bowl.

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