2012 Miami Dolphins season

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2012 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Joe Philbin
General manager Jeff Ireland
Owner Stephen Ross
Home field Sun Life Stadium
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 2nd AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Uniform
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The 2012 Miami Dolphins season was the franchise's 43rd season in the National Football league (NFL), and the 47th overall in the American Football Conference Eastern Division (AFC East). The season concluded with the Dolphins finishing second in the AFC Eastern Division with a 7–9 record, and no postseason play for the fourth consecutive season.

The Dolphins entered the season under new head coach Joe Philbin, with hopes of revitalizing the franchise from three consecutive losing seasons under head coach Tony Sparano.[1] The team started with drafting quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the first round of the NFL draft, to compete for the starting job against incumbent Matt Moore and free agent David Garrard. Tannehill was eventually named the team's regular season starter heading in the second preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.[2] The team finished the preseason with an 0–4 record for the third time in franchise history.[3]

The Dolphins opened the regular season with a disappointing 10–30 loss against the Houston Texans, but a week later ended up with an impressive 35–13 win over the Oakland Raiders. Following the win, the Dolphins lost two close overtime games against the Arizona Cardinals and division rival New York Jets. However, Miami was able to come back and win three consecutive games including a blow out rematch with the New York Jets, but after close critical loses to the Indianapolis Colts, division rival Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, the Dolphins were unable to achieve a winning season.

Ryan Tannehill became the first rookie quarterback in Dolphins history to complete a full season as the team's starting quarterback. During the week four game against the Arizona Cardinals, Tannehill broke former Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino's single-game rookie passing record with 431 passing yards and came one yard short of breaking Cam Newton's NFL rookie single-game passing record. In the same game wide receiver Brian Hartline broke the Dolphins single-game receiving record with 12 reception for 253 yards.[4]

Personnel changes[edit]

Despite getting an extension through 2013 in the early 2011 off-season,[5] head coach Tony Sparano was fired by the team after 13 disappointing games into the 2011 season with a 4–9 record. In Sparano's first year, he orchestrated the second greatest record turnaround in NFL history with an 11–5 record from a 1–15 record between the 20072008 NFL seasons, and finished second behind Atlanta Falcons' head coach Mike Smith in voting for the 2008 AP NFL Coach of the Year. However, Sparano failed to capitalize, posting mediocre records in his final three seasons as head coach. Following Sparano's firing, assistant head coach Todd Bowles reigned control of the team for the final three games, and entered the off-season as the lead candidate for the 2012 Miami Dolphins' head coaching position.[6]

Brian Hartline in the game against the Oakland Raiders, September 16

Former Tennessee Titans' head coach Jeff Fisher entered talks as becoming the next Dolphins' head coach, and the Dolphins organization openly pursued him as a top candidate. Other coaches drawing interest were Green Bay Packers' offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, Cincinnati Bengals' defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Chicago Bears' special teams coordinator Dave Toub, and Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Ultimately on January 13, 2012, Fisher decided to pursue the vacant St. Louis Rams' head coaching position,[7] and subsequently on January 20, 2012, the Dolphins hired former Green Bay Packers' offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as the franchise's tenth head coach.[1]

On January 27, 2012, the new coaching regime came into shape with the signing of Philbin's longtime friends: former Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman and Cincinnati Bengals defensive back coach Kevin Coyle, as offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively.[8]

Sherman, who was fired by Texas A&M earlier this year after posted a 25–25 record in his four seasons, gave Philbin his first NFL job when he served as head coach for the Green Bay Packers. At the time of signing with the Dolphins, Sherman was also a finalist for the vacant head coaching job for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[8] Coyle had spent the last 10 season as a part of the Bengals organization. Both had served as coaches together at the College of the Holy Cross between 1985 and 1988.[8]

The rest of Philbin's coaching regime includes the acquisition of linebackers coach George Edwards, and assistant quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor on January 30, 2012. Acquirement of offensive line coach Jim Turner on February 1, 2012, assistant defensive line backs coach Blue Adams, defensive assistant Charlie Bullen, offensive assistant Ben Johnson and Chris Mosley as offensive assistant line coach on February 10, 2012. Philbin also retained the contracts of tight ends coach Dan Campbell, strength coach Darren Krein, special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi, and Jeff Nixon as running backs coach from coach Sparano's tenure.

Roster changes[edit]

After an unpromising 13–18 record as a starter, the Miami Dolphins decided not to renew the contract of quarterback Chad Henne.[9] In early March, Henne became an unrestricted free agent, along with defensive end Kendall Langford. Shortly after, on March 14, 2012, Henne signed a two-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars and on March 17, 2012, Langford signed a four-year deal with the St. Louis Rams.[10][11]

Miami Dolphins cornerback Jimmy Wilson challenges Raiders running back Phillip Adams, September 16

The Dolphins' first major transaction of the off-season was the trade of 2011 Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall. After being acquired in a trade two years prior from the Denver Broncos, Marshall was traded to the Chicago Bears on March 13, 2012. The trade further opened up speculation that the Dolphins were trying to gain more cap space to sign free agent wide receiver Reggie Wayne, to lure former teammate and free agent quarterback Peyton Manning to Miami. However, speculation was quickly suppressed when Wayne re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts, leaving the Dolphins without a number one wide receiver entering the draft.[12]

On March 14, 2012, the Dolphins re-signed defensive tackle Paul Soliai, to a two-year deal worth $12 million.[13] They also extended the contract of linebacker Cameron Wake through the 2016 season on May 5, 2012.[14] The contract was worth $49 million over five years, with a guaranteed $20 million.[15] During the season, the Dolphins extended the contract of punter Brandon Fields, to four years worth $13 million, on August 4, 2012.[16]

To compete against incumbent starting quarterback Matt Moore, the Dolphins signed quarterback David Garrard on March 19, 2012.[17] However, after suffering a knee injury during training camp, Garrard was released on September 4, 2012.[18]

The Dolphins also released veteran and team captain strong safety Yeremiah Bell on March 19, 2012.[19] The transaction saved the Dolphins $4.3 million in cap space, and allowed two-year safety Reshad Jones to move to the position. Bell eventually signed a one-year deal with the division-rival New York Jets on May 18, 2012.[20]

To fill the vacancy left by Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins signed veteran receiver Chad Johnson (whose last name was Ochocinco at the time of the signing) on June 11, 2012.[21] During training camp, Johnson's work ethic, which was highlighted on HBO's Hard Knocks, put him on track to make the opening day roster; however, a domestic dispute between Johnson and his wife Evelyn Lozada prompted the Dolphins to release him on August 12, 2012.[22]

After struggling to adapt to new defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle's system, the Dolphins traded former first-round pick and cornerback Vontae Davis on August 24, 2012.[23] In return, the Dolphins received a second-round and conditional late-round 2013 NFL Draft pick[c] .[24]

2012 draft class[edit]

Ryan Tannehill, the Miami Dolphins' 2012 first-round draft selection
Main article: 2012 NFL Draft

The 2012 National Football League Draft was held April 26–28 in the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York. Entering the draft, the Miami Dolphins major positions to fill were quarterback and wide receiver. The Dolphins needed a long-term quarterback to take over for incumbent starter Matt Moore at the end of the season, after negotiations failed with top free agent quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn. Many analysts, including ESPN's Adam Schefter, believed the Dolphins would draft Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the 8th overall pick, if the Cleveland Browns, who held the 4th overall pick, didn't first.[25] Also, many debated that Tannehill, who was once a wide receiver recently turned quarterback, was not deserving of a top 10 pick.[26]

Ultimately, with the 8th overall pick of the first round, the Dolphins selected Tannehill.[27] The selection marked the fourth time that the Dolphins had selected a quarterback in the first round of a draft since Dan Marino in 1983, Bob Griese in 1967, and Rick Norton in 1966.[28] With their second pick, the Dolphins selected offensive tackle Jonathan Martin from Stanford.[29]

Round Selection Player Position College
1 8 Ryan Tannehill Quarterback Texas A&M
2 42 Jonathan Martin Offensive Tackle Stanford
3 72 Olivier Vernon Defensive End Miami (FL)
78[a] Michael Egnew Tight End Missouri
4 103[b] Lamar Miller Running Back Miami (FL)
5 155[c] Josh Kaddu Linebacker Oregon
6 183 B.J. Cunningham Wide Receiver Michigan State
7 215 Kheeston Randall Defensive Tackle Texas
227[c] Rishard Matthews Wide Receiver Nevada
Notes
^[a] The team acquired an additional third-round selection (#73 overall) as part of a trade that sent wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears. The team then swapped third-round selections (#73 and #78) with the San Diego Chargers and received an extra sixth-round pick (#183).
^[b] The team swapped sixth-round selections with the New Orleans Saints (the Dolphins originally held the #179 selection) as part of a trade in which the team acquired running back Reggie Bush from the Saints. The 196th pick was then used in order for Miami to trade up in the fourth round to select Lamar Miller (from #103 to #97).
^[c] The team swapped fifth-round selections with the Tennessee Titans (the Dolphins originally held the #145 selection) and received an extra seventh-round selection (#227).

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 10 7:30 p.m. EDT Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 7–20 0–1 Sun Life Stadium WFOR Recap
2 August 17 8:00 p.m. EDT at Carolina Panthers L 17–23 0–2 Bank of America Stadium WFOR Recap
3 August 24 7:30 p.m. EDT Atlanta Falcons L 6–23 0–3 Sun Life Stadium WFOR Recap
4 August 29 8:30 p.m. EDT at Dallas Cowboys L 13–30 0–4 Cowboys Stadium WBFS Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 9 1:00 p.m. EDT at Houston Texans L 10–30 0–1 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
2 September 16 1:00 p.m. EDT[30] Oakland Raiders W 35–13 1–1 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 23 1:00 p.m. EDT New York Jets L 20–23 (OT) 1–2 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
4 September 30 4:05 p.m. EDT at Arizona Cardinals L 21–24 (OT) 1–3 University of Phoenix Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 7 1:00 p.m. EDT at Cincinnati Bengals W 17–13 2–3 Paul Brown Stadium CBS Recap
6 October 14 1:00 p.m. EDT St. Louis Rams W 17–14 3–3 Sun Life Stadium Fox Recap
7 Bye
8 October 28 1:00 p.m. EDT at New York Jets W 30–9 4–3 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
9 November 4 1:00 p.m. EST at Indianapolis Colts L 20–23 4–4 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
10 November 11 1:00 p.m. EST Tennessee Titans L 3–37 4–5 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
11 November 15 8:20 p.m. EST at Buffalo Bills L 14–19 4–6 Ralph Wilson Stadium NFLN[a] Recap
12 November 25 1:00 p.m. EST Seattle Seahawks W 24–21 5–6 Sun Life Stadium Fox Recap
13 December 2 1:00 p.m. EST New England Patriots L 16–23 5–7 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
14 December 9 4:05 p.m. EST at San Francisco 49ers L 13–27 5–8 Candlestick Park CBS Recap
15 December 16 1:00 p.m. EST Jacksonville Jaguars W 24–3 6–8 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
16 December 23 1:00 p.m. EST Buffalo Bills W 24–10 7–8 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
17 December 30 4:25 p.m. EST[31] at New England Patriots L 0–28 7–9 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
LEGEND
Bold indicates a division opponent.
^[a] Simulcast locally on WBFS-TV.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Houston Texans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 3 0 7 3 13
Texans 0 24 3 3 30

The Dolphins entered their first game of the season with a 0–0 record, traveling to face the 0–0 Houston Texans. The game was the first start for rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill and head coach Joe Philbin. Tannehill became the first Dolphins rookie quarterback to start the first game of the season. Entering the game the Texans are the only team the Dolphins have not beaten, holding a 0–6 record all-time against the team.[33][34][35]

Both teams moved the ball well on their opening drives, but failed to score. The Dolphins received the ball on their own 42-yard line after a missed field goal by Houston kicker Shayne Graham. After a Reggie Bush recovered fumble on 3rd down on the Houston 14-yard line the Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter attempted and successfully executed a 39-yard field goal with (3:19) left in the first quarter.

Both defenses held steady, keeping both offenses out of the redzone heading to the mid-way point of the second quarter. However, at the (7:35) point, quarterback Tannehill was intercepted by Johnathan Joseph at the 50-yard line for 36 yards. Within the shadow of their own goal posts the Dolphins held the Texans to a Shayne Graham 35-yard field goal. The interception by Tannehill was the first of his career, and marked a downhill spiral for the rest of the game.

Following the score the Dolphins moved quickly to the Houston side of the field after a 10-yard rush by Reggie Bush and 32-yard pass to running back Daniel Thomas. But after a few incomplete passes, Tannehill had his pass intended for receiver Legadu Naanee deflected by a defensive lineman and intercepted by linebacker Brian Cushing with (4:06) left in the second quarter. The Texans quickly turned the turnover into points, with an Arian Foster 14-yard rush.

On the first play following the Houston kickoff quarterback Tannehill again had his pass deflected by a defensive lineman, but instead was intercepted by Kareem Jackson. After a defensive pass interference penalty, running back Arian Foster rushed for his second rushing touchdown of the game at the (0:49) mark. Again following the kickoff the Dolphins again turned the ball over following a Daniel Thomas fumble. The turnover was shortly followed by a 14-yard pass touchdown from Houston quarterback Matt Schaub to receiver Andre Johnson at the (0:12) mark.

Following a quick three and out by the Texans following halftime, punt returner Marcus Thigpen returned a punt for 72 yards for a touchdown. But for the remainder of the game the Dolphins offense failed to produce any scores, but held the Texans defense to two Shayne Graham field goals: 40 and 19 yards, respectively.

Week 2: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 7 3 0 3 13
Dolphins 7 0 14 14 35

The Dolphins entered their second game of the season with a 0–1 record, hosting the 0–1 Oakland Raiders. The game marked the third consecutive season game between the two teams and 36th all-time, with the Dolphins winning the last two games with an average margin of victory of 18 points.

Miami opened the game with an impressive 80-yard drive after the opening kickoff, which lead to a quarterback Ryan Tannehill two-yard rushing touchdown. Two possessions later at the (3:28) mark in the first quarter, Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer threw a 64-yard touchdown to Mike Goodson tying the game.

Through a majority of the second quarter both teams had a hard time moving across the 50-yard line, which was matched with impressive punting by both Dolphins punter Brandon Fields and Oakland punter Shane Lechler. By the end of the game Field punted the ball six times for 319 yards with an average yard per punt of 53.2 and Lechler punted the ball nine times for 422 yards with an average yard per punt of 46.9. However, Oakland managed to get the ball back with (3:33) left in the quarter and orchestrated a drive that ended with a Sebastian Janikowski 25-yard field goal. Both teams entered halftime evenly matched.

It didn't take long following halftime for the Dolphins rushing attack to shine. On the second possession of the half the Dolphins drove the ball down field and allowed Reggie Bush to rush for a 25-yard touchdown. On the next Miami possession, after a quick pass from Tannehill to receiver Brian Hartline, Reggie Bush rushed 65 yards for another Miami touchdown. A few possessions later Oakland answered with a Janikowski 27-yard field goal.

With little opposition from the Oakland defense Miami's offense kept the ball moving and managed to score on their next two possessions. Once with an Anthony Fasano 14-yard reception touchdown from Tannehill, the first of his career, and again with a Lamar Miller 15-yard rushing touchdown, the first of his career. Oakland tried to stop the bleeding on their next drive, but quarterback Palmer was intercepted by safety Reshad Jones.

The impressive game of 172 rushing yards on 26 attempts by running back Reggie Bush earned him the week 2 AFC Offensive Player of the Week and FedEx Air and Ground rusher of the week honors.

Week 3: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Three: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Jets 0 3 7 10 3 23
Dolphins 7 3 7 3 0 20

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: September 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 83 °F (28 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 60,102
  • Referee: Robert Frazer
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYJ –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • NYJ –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • NYJ –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • NYJ –
  • MIA –

With the loss, the Dolphins fell to 1–2.

Week 4: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Four: Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Dolphins 0 13 0 8 0 21
Cardinals 0 0 7 14 3 24

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: September 30
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EDT/1:05 p.m. Arizona time
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 60,183
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • ARI –

With the loss, the Dolphins fell to 1–3.

Week 5: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Five: Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 7 10 0 17
Bengals 6 0 0 7 13

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: October 7
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 49 °F (9 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 61,162
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
  • CIN- Mike Nugent, 42-yard field goal, 10:39 (CIN 3–0)
  • CIN- Mike Nugent, 24-yard field goal, 0:17 (CIN 6–0)
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • CIN –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • CIN –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • CIN –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • CIN –

With the win, the Dolphins improved to 2–3.

Week 6: vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Six: St. Louis Rams at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 6 0 0 8 14
Dolphins 0 10 7 0 17

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • MIA –

With the win, the Dolphins head into their bye week at 3–3.

Week 8: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Eight: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 10 10 7 3 30
Jets 0 0 3 6 9

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: October 28
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), Wind: NNE 9mph gusting to 17mph
  • Game attendance: 79,088
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • NYJ –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • NYJ –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • NYJ –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • NYJ –

With the win, the Dolphins improved to 4–3.

Week 9: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week Nine: Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 3 14 0 3 20
Colts 7 6 7 3 23

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: November 4
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 66,479
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • IND –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • IND –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • IND –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • IND –

With the loss, the Dolphins fell to 4–4.

Week 10: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Ten: Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 14 10 7 6 37
Dolphins 0 3 0 0 3

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: November 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 78 °F (26 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 60,165
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Steve Tasker
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • TEN –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • TEN –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • TEN –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • TEN –
  • MIA –

With the loss, the Dolphins fell to 4–5.

Week 11: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Eleven: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 7 0 0 7 14
Bills 13 6 0 0 19

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –

Week 12: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Twelve: Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 7 7 7 21
Dolphins 0 7 0 17 24

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 51,295
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SEA –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • SEA –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • SEA –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • SEA –
  • MIA –

Week 13: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Thirteen: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 10 0 6 23
Dolphins 3 7 0 6 16

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 77 °F (25 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 72,114
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NE –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • NE –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • NE –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • NE –
  • MIA –

Week 14: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Fourteen: Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 3 3 7 13
49ers 0 6 7 14 27

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 62 °F (17 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,732
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • SF –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • SF –

Week 15: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Fifteen: Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 3 0 0 0 3
Dolphins 3 7 6 8 24

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 80 °F (27 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 53,667
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • JAC –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • JAC –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • JAC –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • JAC –
  • MIA –

Week 16: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Sixteen: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 3 0 7 10
Dolphins 7 7 10 0 24

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 73 °F (23 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 54,462
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Don Criqui and Randy Cross
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –

With the win, the Dolphins improved to 7–8, but were officially eliminated from playoff contention, due to the Bengals' 13–10 win over the Steelers.

Week 17: at New England Patriots[edit]

Week Seventeen: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 0 0 0
Patriots 7 14 0 7 28

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 28 °F (−2 °C), partly cloudy and cold
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • NE –

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) New England Patriots 12 4 0 .750 6–0 11–1 557 331 W2
Miami Dolphins 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 288 317 L1
New York Jets 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 281 375 L3
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 344 435 W1

Patriots 13–4 W3 d

Personnel[edit]

Team Staff[edit]

2012 Miami Dolphins staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Team Roster[edit]

2012 Miami Dolphins final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 7 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Ryan Tannehill 3294 Yards
Passing Touchdowns Ryan Tannehill 12 TDs
Rushing Yards Reggie Bush 986 Yards
Rushing Touchdowns Reggie Bush 6 TDs
Receiving Yards Brian Hartline 1083 Yards
Receiving Touchdowns Anthony Fasano 5 TDs
Points Dan Carpenter 92 Points
Kickoff Return Yards Marcus Thigpen 1040 Yards
Punt Return Yards Marcus Thigpen 316 Yards
Tackles Karlos Dansby 101 Solo Tackles
Sacks Cameron Wake 15.0 Sacks
Interceptions Reshad Jones 4 INTs

final stat values through 16 weeks

League rankings[edit]

  • Total Offense (YPG): 311.5 (27th)
  • Points (PPG): 18.0 (27th)
  • Passing (YPG): 198.9 (26th)
  • Rushing (YPG): 112.6 (17th)
  • Total Defense (YPG): 356.8 (21st)
  • Points (PPG) : 19.8 (7th)
  • Passing (YPG): 248.4 (27th)
  • Rushing (YPG): 108.4 (13th)

final stat values through 17 weeks

Notes[edit]

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