Loss to Packers on second-coldest game in Dolphins history didn’t freeze out playoff hopes
Staff, 2022-12-25 20:33:00,
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The mood was subdued but certainly not defeatist Sunday in the Miami Dolphins‘ locker room. Players holding quiet conversations. Jaelan Phillips seeking some warmth. Tua Tagovailoa accepting hugs from passing game coordinator Darrell Bevell and Dan Marino at his locker after long conversations with both.
“Annoyed but encouraged,” is how linebacker Bradley Chubb described it.
Annoyed, perhaps, because the Dolphins now have lost four in a row after a 26-20 setback to the Packers at Hard Rock Stadium on a day that felt more like Christmas in Green Bay than in South Florida.
Encouraged because Miami still controls its playoff destiny, but only because the Jets and Patriots also have imploded.
Here’s the good news: A loss on the second coldest home game in Dolphins history (46 degrees at kickoff) did not freeze Miami out of the playoffs.
But the playoffs are not, cannot, be the focus right now.
“Don’t even think about it,” linebacker Jerome Baker said about the playoffs.
“We just got to come back next week and get on track.”
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