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The Splash Zone 12/27/16: Starters Are Expected To Play Against The Patriots

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Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

Adam Gase stated he plans on making the starters play on Sunday against the Patriots, even though both teams have already clinched a playoff spot. The Dolphins could still technically get the 5th seed if things go their way, but they have to beat the Patriots for that to happen. But it's always a good thing to end the regular season on a high note. Win at home, against an tough opponent, and carry that momentum into the playoffs. Plus who doesn't love to see the Patriots lose?

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day's round-up below.

Miami Dolphins: put champagne away; not seriously injured, you play | The Daily Dolphin
Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell was one of the first players out of the locker room at Buffalo on Saturday, as he did not play due to an ankle injury. A reporter waiting for the room to open suggested to Maxwell he should root for Kansas City on Christmas night.

Adam Gase

Miami Dolphins' Gase mellow after team clinches playoff berth | Miami Herald
Everything notable Adam Gase had to say on Monday, 13 hours after the Dolphins clinched their first playoff berth since 2008:

Dolphins Quarterbacks

Dolphins taking a day-to-day approach to Ryan Tannehill | ProFootballTalk
He's out of a cast, but when will Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill be back on the field? Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the week-to-week scenario has now become day-to-day for Tannehill, who suffered 15 days ago a Grade II MCL sprain and a slight tear of his ACL on a low hit fro...

Dolphins Running Backs

Dolphins tailback Jay Ajayi's healthy enough to play against New England - Sun Sentinel
DAVIE - The Miami Dolphins will have starting tailback Jay Ajayi available for Sunday's season finale against New England.

Dolphins Secondary

‘It’s awesome’: Miami Dolphins’ Reshad Jones can’t play, but overjoyed for teammates | The Daily Dolphin
Don’t get safety Reshad Jones wrong. In two weeks, he’d love to be on the field playing for the Dolphins in their first postseason game since 2008. But today? Nothing but joy.

Dolphins 2016 Season

Miami Dolphins are back in the NFL playoffs for first time since 2008 season | Miami Herald
The Miami Dolphins are back in the NFL playoffs and much has changed since they last graced the postseason way back in 2009.

Miami Dolphins will open playoffs in either Pittsburgh or Houston | Miami Herald
It’s a Merry Christmas indeed in South Florida. The Chiefs hand the Dolphins the best gift of the season, beating the Broncos to send Miami to the playoffs.

AC In The AM: Playoff Bound Dolphins: How Special Is That!
With Kansas City’s victory over Denver on Sunday night, the Dolphins locked up their first playoff appearance since 2008, an impressive accomplishment by an impressive team.

How should playoff-bound Dolphins approach Week 17? - Miami Dolphins Blog- ESPN
It will be interesting to see how Dolphins coach Adam Gase approaches Week 17 now that the Dolphins have clinched a playoff spot.

What Dolphins making the playoffs means for Ryan Tannehill, Cameron Wake, Stephen Ross, Dolfans | Miami Herald
The Miami Dolphins are in the playoffs for the first time in eight years and that has great meaning for stalwarts such as Cameron Wake, Ryan Tannehill, owner Stephen Ross and the team’s fans.

Stats don’t lie — they explain how Miami Dolphins pulled off the improbable | The Daily Dolphin
A case can be made that what we have just witnessed is the most dizzying, unexpected swing in the history of the unpredictable Miami Dolphins. In a span of 70 days, they went from being a 1-4 team to a playoff team.

Adam Gase, Jay Ajayi's stock rising for Miami Dolphins - Miami Dolphins Blog- ESPN
The Dolphins have won nine of their past 10 games after a 1-4 start thanks to some deft moves by coach Adam Gase and hard running by Jay Ajayi.

Dolphins Roster

Which Miami Dolphins have playoff experience? Not many | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE--The playoffs will be a new experience for most of the Dolphins' roster, but a few of them have been there before. Miami has three Super Bowl champions in the locker room.

Dolphins at Bills

Omar Kelly grades Dolphins' performance against Bills - Sun Sentinel
Miami Dolphins report card after 31-31 overtime win over Buffalo Bills.

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

The Splash Zone 12/26/16: Dolphins Are Officially In the Playoffs - The Phinsider
Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

NFL schedule 2017: Miami opponents for next season - The Phinsider
The 2016 NFL regular season still has 17 games to be played before the playoffs start, but the 2017 NFL schedule is already starting to take shape. While the week-to-week specifics will not be...

Dolphins Soar To Dizzying Heights Under Adam Gase - The Phinsider
NFL's Youngest Head Coach Just Won't Let His Team Lose

Dolphins fans battle through darkness to find Playoff light - The Phinsider
Playoffs. Miami Dolphins. It has been a long time.

Dolphins at Bills film breakdown: Anatomy of an Ajayi 57-yard run - The Phinsider
In overtime, Jay Ajayi busted out his longest run of the day.

Playoffs baby! Dolphins in postseason for first time since 2008 - The Phinsider
There was one more present for Miami Dolphins fans on Christmas day. For the first time since a 2008 AFC East championship season, the Dolphins are headed to the Playoffs. Following the team’s win...

Dolphins offensive snap counts at Bills and Jets - The Phinsider
Catching up on our season snap counts for the Dolphins’ offense.

Dolphins defensive snap counts from Bills and Jets games - The Phinsider
Catching up the snap counts for the defense from the last two weeks.